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Theresa May vows to ‘work closely’ with Italy after Renzi steps down

Theresa May speaking at a press conference with Matteo Renzi this summer [FLICKR]
Britain will “work closely” with Italy’s next leader after the dramatic resignation of Matteo Renzi, Downing Street has said.

Renzi stepped down this morning after Italians rejected his plans for constitutional reform in a referendum.

Theresa May’s spokesman said the Prime Minister would seek to speak with Mr Renzi over the coming days.

The Italian prime minister stepped down this morning [CREATIVE COMMONS]
But she stressed the outcome of the vote was “a decision for the Italian people”.

Mrs May visited Rome just days after entering Downing Street in May.

Her spokesman said: “The Prime Minister has had good relations with Matteo Renzi since she took office.

Her spokesman said: “The Prime Minister has had good relations with Matteo Renzi since she took office.

“She was appreciative of the way she was welcomed in Rome and the work we have done together in previous years on an ambitious programme of reform.

“Now we look to the future and we will want to work closely with the Italian government.”

In an emotional televised address last night, Renzi accepted full responsibility for the “extraordinarily clear” defeat.

The 41-year-old added:

The experience of my government ends here.

It is not yet clear who will replace him, but his departure has plunged the European Union into further turmoil following June’s Brexit vote.


1m EU Citizens at possible risk of deportation

By Alejandra Ceballos and Atina Dimitrova

After the Brexit vote, EU immigrants are increasingly concerned about their future in the United Kingdom. One million people could be at risk of deportation. Many are going through the struggle of finding a way to be recognised as citizens of the UK.

Data released by the Home Office suggests that the amount of EU citizens currently applying for permanent residence increased by 36% since the Brexit vote.

The home secretary has been warned that it would take approximately 47 years to process applications for permanent residence, according to the3million. This organisation define themselves as “grassroots organisation by EU citizens for EU citizens” and they focus on helping EU migrants in the UK.

Prime Minister Theresa May has constantly stressed that the rights of EU citizens are a key issue in the Brexit negotiations. A few hours ago, the government announced that their rights could be discarded.

After Brexit, the EU citizens will need to present a card in order to remain in the UK. So far, non-EU migrants require this permission to enter the country.

Prime Minister Theresa May

The latest immigration data shows an accumulation of uncompleted work of 100,000 applications.

Ms. Maria Spirova is a journalist working at The Economist. She says:

“Perhaps we are looking at two-fold issue here. On one hand, with Boris Johnson, we seem to have entered a pretty chaotic and infantile policy stage for the UK. He is in a sense a messenger of decisions made elsewhere in the government. The fact that he is perhaps the most unsuitable messenger is the issue.”

“Theresa May made it very clear that she wants imperial power, pretty much absolute central one woman power over everything that Brexit is and is meant to be.”

“Of course we have two people who were hired into government specifically to deal with Brexit, I’m referring to Mr. Davis and Mr. Fox, and so far the only thing that they have shown is that they haven’t read the Lisbon Treaty. They seem to enjoy being important and being mysterious, and I think this will prove to be extremely troublesome.”




Tories secure record polling lead over embattled Labour

The Conservatives are one point off reaching the highest lead they have ever experienced since records began in 1992, a Guardian/ICM poll shows. The support for the Tories is 44 per cent – the best result since they were in opposition. The Labour Party’s support, on the other hand, remains 28 per cent. The experts polled 2009 people and took in account people’s social class and age.

The Conservatives supersede the Labour party within every social group. The results reveal strong lead for Theresa May’s party even among working class. Only among people aged 18-24 the Labour Party’s popularity remains higher.

Conservatives (+2) – 44%
Labour (no change) – 28%
Ukip (+1) – 12%
Lib Dems (-2) – 7%
Greens (+1) – 4%

Conservative lead: 16 points (+ 2)
Source: Guardian/ICM, 29 Nov 2016

The professor of Political economy at King’s College London, Shaun Hargreaves Heap, draws parallels between the results with the way Labour administration has run economy in the past. “Labour Party is not very well-trusted in the opinion polls to handle the economy since 2008 financial crisis and are generally considered to be the risky party. On the other hand, Conservatives have been regarded as the safe pair of hands with the economy,” says Heap.

According to the study, the overall poll rating of the other parties, such as Liberal Democrats, UKIP, Green Party shows their performance remains poor on a national level – none of them has received more than 12%. The same poll also shows that 53 per cent of British people said their confidence in the way politicians run the economy is very or fairly strong.


The Guardian also published another recent research, conducted by the Opinium/Observer poll experts. It is only with regard to the economy and shows that more than twice as many people trust Theresa May and Philip Hammond in terms economy than Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell. It also shows that the PM remains popular among the voters – 43 per cent support May.


From a historical perspective, reflecting on the increasing popularity of the Tories on economy, Heap believes it is correct to mention that the two times when British economy had fixed exchange rates and there were high profile devaluations occurred while the Labour Party was in office – during Attlee’s government and Wilson’s administration.

Heap, however, believes that these are not the only events that public should take into account:

“I do not think that the reputation is often bound up with the real facts, but we see that the events that stick out of an unfortunate kind occurred primarily during Labour administration. However, there is no good evidence to suggest that the economy is behaving on any dimension markedly worse under Labour or Conservative government, especially if we look at output growth, unemployment, inflation or the state of public finances.”

Heap adds that the debt-to-GDP ratio, or also the ratio of a country’s public debt to its gross domestic product, when Labour government left office in 2010 was actually smaller in comparison to the time they inherited office in 1997.

“Maybe the Labour Party’s reputation has been affected by some of the high profile events that got stuck in people’s minds and coloured public’s general impression of economic competence. It is true that the landmark events when economy was in crisis tended to happen on the Labour government’s patch more often than during the Conservative administration. The fact that 2008 financial crisis occurred at the end of the Labour government with Gordon Brown formed some expectations, but those moments are not necessarily the whole picture,” says Heap.

He believes that the Labour Party should try to take a more leading role in British politics if they want to become people’s top political choice.

Heap remains sceptical about the post-Brexit environment. He expects rising unemployment and economy slowing down, “largely because of the considerable uncertainty that’s been generated by the Brexit vote“.

He believes that the positioning of the parties is not definitive until Brexit takes place. He also considers that if politicians want the general public to be involved in the process of empowering again the economy, people should have a say in a new general election or in a new referendum.

7 things you need to know about the Brexit court challenge

The Government is appealing against the High Court decision over Article 50 [CREATIVE COMMONS]
On Monday, Theresa May faces her biggest challenge yet on Brexit. The Supreme Court will hear the Government’s appeal against the High Court ruling stating that MPs must approve the UK’s exit from the EU.

Here are seven things you need to know about the dramatic legal challenge.

1. The appeal will be heard over four days, starting on Monday, with the court expected to make a decision at the start of January.

A Supreme Court defeat would be hugely embarrassing for PM Theresa May [FLICKR]
2. If the Government loses, which looks likely, Theresa May’s bid to trigger Article 50 by the end of March could lie in tatters. Legal expert professor Michael Zander believes the High Court’s “unanimous” ruling will not be overturned, adding:

In my view, the Government could be looking at losing 11-0.

3. The case will be heard by all 11 of the Supreme Court’s justices, something that has never happened before. Cases are usually heard by only four or five justices.

WATCH: Brexit campaigner Nigel Farage clashes with lawyer Gina Miller

4. The Attorney General, Jeremy Wright QC, will introduce the Government’s appeal before handing over to an independent lawyer, James Eadie QC.

5. The lead claimant is Gina Miller, a 51-year-old investment fund manager. She has since faced a torrent of abuse on social media by Brexit supporters, and claims she has spent £60,000 on security measures to protect her and her family.

The hearing at the Supreme Court will be streamed online [WIKIPEDIA]
6. The case could be transferred to the European Court of Justice (ECJ). Eleanor Sharpston, Britain’s judge on the ECJ, has said: “The interpretation of [Article 50] is a matter for this court [the ECJ].”

Experts have said the case could be referred to the European Court of Justice [WIKIPEDIA]
7. The proceedings will be streamed live on the Supreme Court website. Transcripts will also be available on the site.

Even if the Government loses the appeal, it is widely expected that the vast majority of MPs will vote to trigger Article 50 – even if they campaigned to Remain in the EU. But make no mistake; it would be hugely embarrassing for Mrs May and David Davis, the Brexit Secretary, who want to keep their EU withdrawal schedule on track.