• EU net migration continues to decline as UK heads towards the general election, but impact of manifesto promises on migration can’t be predicted

    Today’s data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) (https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/populationandmigration/internationalmigration/bulletins/migrationstatisticsquarterlyreport/november2019) show that EU net migration had continued to decline, reaching the lowest level since before EU enlargement, as the UK heads towards the general election, the Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford said today.

    Today’s data suggest that net migration of EU citizens in the year ending June 2019 was 48,000, 78% below the pre-referendum peak of 218,000 in 2015. In separate population estimates also published today, Poland lost its place as the top country of birth for migrants living in the UK (although the difference between Poland, at 827,000 residents in YE June 2019, was not statistically different for figures from India, at 837,000).

    Non-EU net migration was broadly stable at 229,000 in the year ending June 2019, after steady increases since 2013. This makes non-EU considerably higher than EU net migration, although the precise contribution of EU vs. non-EU to the total remains uncertain due to problems identified in the data (see editor’s notes, below).

    Madeleine Sumption, Director of the Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford said: “EU net migration has fallen dramatically since before the referendum, and is now at its lowest level since before EU enlargement. The reasons for this will include things like the lower value of the pound making the UK less attractive, improving economic prospects in EU countries of origin, and potentially the political uncertainty of the prolonged Brexit process.”

    There has been much discussion of migration policies outlined by the main political parties as the general election approaches. The Conservatives and the Brexit party have committed to ending free movement and introducing an “Australian style” points based system, the features of which are yet to be announced; Labour has signalled that it would consider free movement as part of a negotiations on the future UK-EU relationship, while the Liberal Democrats have promised to end the Brexit process and maintain free movement.

    Sumption added: “What will happen to migration in the coming years is highly uncertain, regardless of which party is power. It’s easy to imagine that migration policies are the only things that affect migration, but in reality, policies act more like a filter than a tap. The state of the economy, demand for workers by UK employers, conditions in countries of origin can have a big impact on migration, in some cases even more than changes in policy. That’s one reason why we’ve seen such a big drop in EU migration since 2016, despite the fact that policy has not yet changed at all.”

    Currently, the relatively low levels of EU net migration mean that restricting free movement now would be expected to have a much smaller impact on overall migration levels than it would have done in the past. However, this will not always be the case. EU migration has fluctuated up and down over time, and there is no reason to assume this would not continue to happen if the UK were to maintain free movement in the future. Recently revised ONS figures suggest that EU net migration made up a majority of the total from YE June 2013 to YE June 2016.

    https://migrationobservatory.ox.ac.uk/press/eu-net-migration-continues-to-decline-as-uk-heads-towards
    #migrations #Brexit #UK #Angleterre #statistiques #chiffres #citoyens_européens #migrants_européens

  • #Brexit : la #Lettonie n’est pas pressée - REGARD SUR L’EST
    http://regard-est.com/brexit-la-lettonie-nest-pas-pressee

    Le ministre letton des Affaires étrangères, Edgars Rinkēvičs, a déclaré à la télévision que l’approche de Riga au regard du Brexit restait flexible : la Lettonie est prête à donner du temps au Royaume-Uni pour que celui-ci adopte tous les accords nécessaires en vue de sa sortie de l’Union européenne, qu’il s’agisse du 30 novembre 2019, du 31 décembre, voire du 31 janvier 2020. Pour le Ministre en revanche, un « no deal » n’est pas envisageable.

    E. Rinkēvičs n’a pas exclu d’autres options, notamment des élections anticipées et un nouveau référendum dont l’issue, a-t-il précisé, ne serait pas prévisible.

  • Brexit : L’Union européenne survivra-t-elle au départ du Royaume-Uni ?
    https://usbeketrica.com/article/brexit-union-europeenne-survie-depart-royaume-uni

    « Amputée de l’Union Jack, l’Union européenne se verra privée de 16 % de son PIB et d’un important contributeur. Aura-t-elle perdu de son sens voire de sa raison d’être ? L’avenir de l’Union dépendra aussi de la relation à terme établie avec son ancien État-membre. À moins que le Royaume ne paie de sa propre désunion le prix de ce départ. »

    #UE #économie #géopolitique #brexit

  • Avortement et mariage gay légaux en Irlande du Nord L’essentiel / AFP - 22 Octobre 2019 - L’essentiel
    http://www.lessentiel.lu/fr/news/europe/story/avortement-et-mariage-gay-legaux-en-irlande-du-nord-28597429

    Des réformes concernant l’Irlande du Nord ont été validées mardi. Ce territoire ne disposait pas de la même législation que le reste du Royaume-Uni sur les questions sociétales.

    L’avortement a été libéralisé et le mariage homosexuel légalisé mardi, en Irlande du Nord, sur décision du Parlement de Westminster, à Londres, où sont gérées les affaires courantes de la province britannique en raison de la paralysie de l’exécutif local. Contrairement au reste du Royaume-Uni, où il est autorisé depuis 1967, l’avortement était jusqu’ici illégal en Irlande du Nord, sauf si la grossesse menaçait la vie de la mère. Le mariage entre personnes de même sexe, autorisé partout ailleurs dans le pays, y restait également interdit.

    Dépourvue d’exécutif depuis janvier 2017, à la suite d’un scandale politico-financier, la province britannique d’Irlande du Nord a ses institutions politiques actuellement à l’arrêt. Profitant de cette paralysie politique locale, les députés de Westminster ont voté des amendements en juillet pour étendre le droit à l’avortement et au mariage entre personnes du même sexe en Irlande du Nord, si aucun gouvernement local n’était formé d’ici ce lundi. Ces changements sont entrés en vigueur à minuit, à Belfast.

    Les premiers mariages de personnes de même sexe devraient au plus tard avoir lieu « la semaine de la Saint-Valentin 2020 », selon le secrétaire d’État chargé de l’Irlande du Nord, Julian Smith. Pour s’y opposer, des députés nord-irlandais sont revenus siéger lundi, en début d’après-midi, afin de débattre de la loi, une action surtout symbolique. Car concrètement, sans le soutien de plusieurs partis, un Premier ministre et un vice-Premier ministre ne peuvent pas être élus, et la loi adoptée à Londres, n’a donc pu être bloquée lundi.

    #irlande #royaume-uni #Parlement #irlande_du_nord #avortement #femmes #ivg #féminisme #sexisme #santé #droits_des_femmes #catholicisme #patriarcat #misogynie #religion #mariage #mariage_homosexuel #sociétal

  • Le #gorafi encore plagié : Brexit, Bruxelles : “Ce n’est pas fini !”, crient les partisans du maintien dans l’UE au rond-point Schuman 17 octobre 2019 - 17 Octobre 2019 - Belga - BX1
    https://bx1.be/bruxelles-ville/ce-nest-pas-fini-crient-les-partisans-du-maintien-dans-lue-au-rond-point-schuman/?theme=classic

    Quelques dizaines de partisans du maintien du Royaume-Uni dans l’Union européenne se sont rassemblés jeudi en début d’après-midi au rond-point Schuman à Bruxelles, au pied de la Commission européenne, pour affirmer leur conviction que l’accord engrangé ce midi entre l’exécutif européen et le gouvernement britannique ne signifiait pas la fin de leurs espoirs.

    “Ce n’est pas fini, continuons à nous battre“, haranguait un orateur sur un podium aux couleurs du “Stop Brexit”. D’aucuns rappelaient que la situation n’était pas si différente d’il y a quelques mois, lorsque la Première ministre Theresa May avait engrangé un accord de retrait avec le reste de l’UE, mais n’avait pu lui faire passer l’obstacle de la Chambre des Communes. C’est l’heure maintenant de “mobiliser le Parlement”, soulignaient les “remainers” présents.

    #brexit #europe #royaume-uni #international #union_européenne #ue #grande-bretagne #angleterre #uk #référendum

  • CARTES. #Brexit : on vous explique pourquoi les négociations patinent toujours à cause du « backstop » irlandais
    https://www.francetvinfo.fr/monde/europe/la-grande-bretagne-et-l-ue/cartes-brexit-on-vous-explique-pourquoi-les-negociations-patinent-a-cau

    Afin de comprendre pourquoi et comment le Brexit pourrait précipiter toute l’Europe dans l’inconnu, il faut se plonger dans le cauchemar du « backstop ». C’est quoi ? Comment ça marche ? Franceinfo relève le défi.

    Encore un jour crucial sur le front du Brexit. Alors qu’un sommet européen se tiendra les 17 et 18 octobre à Bruxelles afin de valider un tant attendu accord permettant d’encadrer la sortie du Royaume-Uni de l’Union européenne, prévue le 31 octobre, les deux parties continuent de s’arracher les cheveux sur le sort de la frontière irlandaise. Les îles britanniques étant entourées par la mer, la seule frontière terrestre entre l’Union européenne et le #Royaume-Uni se trouvera sur l’île irlandaise, entre l’#Irlande_du_Nord, qui fait partie du Royaume-Uni, et la République d’#Irlande, indépendante.

    #frontière #union_européenne #UE

  • Calais : « Le Brexit dur ne serait pas synonyme de chaos » Annick Capelle - 16 Octobre 2019 - RTBF
    https://www.rtbf.be/info/monde/detail_calais-le-brexit-dur-ne-serait-pas-synonyme-de-chaos?id=10339170

    Entre 4 et 6000 : c’est le nombre de poids lourds qui, chaque jour, transitent par Calais. Dans une fluidité impressionnante, les ferries embarquent ou débarquent ces véhicules chargés de marchandises destinées au Royaume-Uni ou au continent européen. En cas de Brexit dur, les formalités douanières seront rétablies… Du jour au lendemain. Faut-il donc craindre la paralysie ? Non, si l’on en croit les douaniers et les exploitants du port de Calais, qui depuis des mois, se préparent au rétablissement du poste-frontière. Il y a quelques jours, ils organisaient une répétition générale. Objectif : tester leur « frontière intelligente », un dispositif censé éviter les bouchons en cas de sortie brutale du Royaume-Uni.

    Anticipation
    La clé de voûte de ce dispositif, c’est l’anticipation, souligne Eric Meunier, directeur interrégional des douanes et droits indirects des Hauts de France. « L’entreprise qui importe ou exporte de la marchandise devra effectuer préalablement une déclaration de douane sur internet, et recevra un code-barres. Muni de ce code-barres, le chauffeur de poids lourd se présentera ensuite à la frontière, où notre nouveau système informatique établira automatiquement un lien entre le code-barres, la plaque d’immatriculation et la marchandise transportée. C’est ce qu’on appelle l’appairage. »

    Le temps d’attente sera réduit au minimum, puisque, une fois son code-barres scanné, le chauffeur de poids lourd montera directement sur le ferry : « C’est pendant la traversée de la Manche que le système traitera la déclaration de douane ».

    Des panneaux verts et orange
    Dans le port de Calais, une nouvelle signalétique verte et orange a été mise en place pour aiguiller les poids lourds qui débarquent des ferries en provenance du Royaume-Uni. « Avant même de quitter le ferry, le chauffeur saura quelle voie il doit emprunter à son arrivée », explique Benoît Rochet, directeur général délégué de la SEPD, la société d’exploitation des ports du Détroit. « Si la sortie est autorisée par la douane, le poids lourd prend la ligne verte – une sortie aussi fluide qu’aujourd’hui. En moins de deux minutes, le camion est sur l’autoroute. Si le poids lourd doit emprunter la file orange, cela veut dire qu’il doit se soumettre à un contrôle. »

    Plus de 150 places de parking
    Les panneaux orange mènent, un peu plus loin, vers des parkings de délestage pouvant accueillir plus de 150 poids lourds en attente de régularisation douanière. Deux nouvelles plateformes y ont été construites. Elles disposent ensemble de dix quais de déchargement. C’est là que les contrôles seront effectués.

    Un des poids lourds participant au test, rejoint la première plateforme. Il transporte du ciment. Deux agents de douane vérifient aussitôt la conformité de la marchandise avec la déclaration de douane. Quelques minutes plus tard, le chauffeur peut repartir. Le dispositif semble bien rodé.

    La deuxième plateforme sera réservée aux contrôles vétérinaires et phytosanitaires. « Aujourd’hui, il existe déjà des contrôles vétérinaires et phytosanitaires, mais ils sont réalisés dans les Etats membres. En cas de Brexit, il faudra appliquer ces formalités ici, lors du passage à la frontière », explique Jean Michel Thillier, directeur général adjoint des douanes et droits indirects.

    Fins prêts
    Les douanes et les autorités portuaires sont convaincues que l’on peut éviter l’engorgement du terminal. Tout dépendra de la façon dont les entreprises jouent le jeu de l’anticipation. Eric Meunier : « Il existe une marge d’incertitude : c’est la proportion d’entreprises qui n’auraient pas réalisé les formalités préalables. Pour nous, il est très important que ces entreprises soient le moins nombreuses possible, parce qu’elles vont générer des retards pour elles-mêmes, mais également entraîner une charge de travail qui, sur le port, pourrait entraîner des retards pour l’ensemble des transporteurs. »

    Pourtant, Eric Meunier ne croit pas que le Brexit dur sera synonyme de chaos. Depuis plusieurs mois, les douanes françaises mènent une large campagne d’information auprès des entreprises, notamment via les réseaux sociaux. Cette campagne vise bien sûr les compagnies françaises, mais pas seulement : « Sur le franchissement à Calais, 80% des poids lourds ne sont pas français, mais viennent de l’Europe entière. C’est pourquoi, les douanes de tous les pays européens ont informé – et informent encore aujourd’hui – leurs opérateurs de la nécessité d’anticipation. Pour un opérateur, où qu’il soit, dans n’importe quel pays de l’Union, il sera tout à fait possible, de manière dématérialisée, via internet, de déclarer la marchandise préalablement, et une fois à Calais, de franchir la frontière de manière fluide. »

    La véritable inconnue, conclut Eric Meunier, concernera les petits opérateurs qui, à l’heure actuelle, ne travaillent qu’au sein de l’Union européenne, et qui ne sont pas habitués aux formalités douanières. Ce sont ces entreprises-là – françaises ou pas – qu’il faut impérativement toucher.

    #brexit #france #douane #europe #royaume-uni #international #union_européenne #ue #grande-bretagne #angleterre #uk #référendum #actualités_internationales #politique #frontières

  • #Bruxelles : La gare du Midi se met à l’heure du Brexit Barbara Boulet - 15 Octobre 2019 RTBF
    https://www.rtbf.be/info/regions/detail_la-gare-du-midi-se-met-a-l-heure-du-brexit?id=10341246

    Un divorce à l’amiable entre l’Union européenne et le Royaume-Uni est-il encore possible ? La Belgique en tout cas se prépare à un départ possible de la Grande-Bretagne à la fin du mois. La gare du Midi à Bruxelles en est un exemple. Les services de douane s’apprêtent à devoir gérer à tout moment l’accueil des voyageurs en provenance du Royaume-Uni et à aider ceux qui s’y rendent à remplir leurs formalités.

    Une équipe de 28 douaniers a été recrutée, elle est actuellement en formation. Deux locaux sont aussi en train d’être aménagés dans le terminal Eurostar. L’un, à l’arrivée, est déjà là ; il permet le contrôle des marchandises (drogues et armes, mais aussi les marchandises soumises à des taxes comme l’alcool ou le tabac). L’autre, un conteneur qui doit arriver d’ici la fin octobre dans la salle d’attente des départs, permettra le cas échéant de remplir les formalités. Par exemple pour le remboursement de la TVA.

    « On se prépare pour éventuellement au 1er novembre pouvoir accueillir des passagers en provenance du Royaume-Uni ou qui partent vers le Royaume-Uni, déclare Florence Angelici, porte-parole du SPF Finance (en charge de l’administration des douanes). Il faut pouvoir s’occuper de toutes les démarches et assurer les contrôles douaniers » 

    Qu’est ce qui changerait ? 
    Car, en cas de Brexit sans deal, il y aurait du changement pour les voyageurs. Pas en ce qui les concerne directement en tant que personne, donc leur droit à eux de circuler (puisque le Royaume-Uni ne fait déjà pas partie aujourd’hui de l’espace Schengen), mais une sortie sans accord de la Grande Bretagne impliquerait de facto une sortie de l’union douanière. Les marchandises ne pourraient alors plus circuler librement, explique Marianne Dony, professeure de droit européen à l’ULB. "Toute marchandise pour entrer dans l’Union européenne doit disposer d’un papier attestant qu’elle répond bien à la réglementation européenne. La douane doit vérifier ces attestations. Par ailleurs, en ce qui concerne les contrôles fiscaux, il faut bien se dire qu’une fois qu’on sort de l’Union, il peut y avoir des remboursements de TVA. On ne peut pas non plus exporter nécessairement la même quantité de marchandises qui ne soient pas taxées. Et il faut aussi vérifier que les marchandises en provenance du Royaume-Uni ont bien payé leur droit de douane".

    Autant de contrôles douaniers qu’on ne connaissait plus entre nos voisins du Nord et nous. Et qui devraient revoir le jour en cas de Brexit sans accord préalable. 

    #brexit #référendum #démocratie #europe #royaume-uni #international #union_européenne #ue #grande-bretagne #angleterre #uk #référendum #actualités_internationales #politique #frontières #Belgique #boris_johnson

  • The Irish border is a matter of life and death, not technology | Fintan O’Toole | Opinion | The Guardian
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/oct/08/brexit-irish-border-technology
    https://i.guim.co.uk/img/media/f5fca6e3685824d8b9bba53fab53c341781ad774/0_224_6720_4032/master/6720.jpg?width=1200&height=630&quality=85&auto=format&fit=crop&overlay-ali

    “Spaff some money on some geeks.” According to Chris Cook’s excellent account of Theresa May’s Brexit negotiations with Brussels, that was the instruction issued to the civil service by May’s enforcer Fiona Hill in late 2016.

    It had finally dawned on the British government that it had committed itself to two incompatible things. One was that under no circumstances would there be a return to a hard border between the UK and the Republic of Ireland. The other was that all of the UK was going to leave the EU’s customs union. May faced exactly the same problem that her successor Boris Johnson is struggling with: you can do one or other of these things but you cannot do both. If Northern Ireland leaves the customs union, there will be border controls.

    #frontières #irlande_du_nord #royaume_uni #ulster #brexit

  • Brexit: border talk stirs up bad memories in Northern Ireland | UK news | The Guardian
    https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/oct/06/boris-johnson-brexit-proposals-border-northern-ireland-fermanagh

    Two very different storms barrelled into Gortmullan last week, one from the west, the other from the east.

    Remnants of Hurricane Lorenzo unleashed wind and rain from the Atlantic across the area, a rural pocket of County Fermanagh that marks Northern Ireland’s border with the Republic. “Stay back, stay high, stay dry,” advised the authorities, and residents duly hunkered down. Lorenzo passed without major damage.

    Brexit secretary hints UK could rethink DUP veto on deal | Politics | The Guardian
    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/oct/06/brexit-secretary-stephen-barclay-hints-uk-rethink-dup-veto-deal

    The Brexit secretary has hinted that the government could amend its proposal to give the Democratic Unionist party an effective veto over its plan for an alternative to the Irish backstop

    #brexit #irlande #royaume-uni #irlande_du_nord #ulster #frontières #murs

  • Arrival of new customs cars in #Dundalk alarms Border group

    Community group urges Government to be open about future of Border in no-deal Brexit.

    A campaign group representing communities along the Border opposed to Brexit have reacted with concern at the arrival of a fleet of new Revenue customs cars in Dundalk, Co Louth.

    Border Communities Against Brexit posted two photographs online of seven brand new customs patrol cars arriving at a Revenue Commissioners yard in the Border town.

    The publication of the images online triggered alarm among Border residents and criticism of the Government’s response to Brexit on social media.

    The group called on the Government to be more open with communities along the Border about how it intends to manage the new EU border should the UK exit at the end of this month without a deal.

    “This is another example of how the Irish Government are preparing for Brexit,” said a spokesman for the group, referring to the photographs that were posted on its Facebook page on Tuesday afternoon.

    “Border communities need to be told now in clear and uncertain terms what the Border will look like following a no deal,” he said.

    “It’s certain that the Irish Government will be bound to follow EU rules pertaining to managing a Border with a third country,” he said, referring to the UK’s post-Brexit status.

    “The Taoiseach cannot allow communities to be left behind,” he added, warning that the 1998 Belfast Agreement and the Northern Ireland peace process were “under attack by Brexit.”
    ‘Getting real now’

    The Revenue said it was acquiring 16 new vehicles for its customs fleet, some to replace older vehicle and that the overall size of the fleet would increase to 242 from 229 at the start of last month.

    “These vehicles will be distributed at various locations nationwide based on operational requirements,” said the spokeswoman, who sidestepped a question on whether the additional vehicles in Dundalk were required to deal with changes as a result of Brexit.

    Images of the new cars arriving in Revenue appeared amid heightened concern about the uncertain future of the Border following Brexit after British prime minister Boris Johnson publicly distanced himself from reports that he was proposing new customs clearance centres on either side of the Border.

    Seamus Leheny, policy manager of the Freight Transport Association Northern Ireland, responded to the photos on social media, saying that the “reality of Border checks” were “getting real now.”

    The Government has said that there would have to be checks on goods crossing the Border in the event of a no-deal Brexit but has also said it is still in discussion with the EU on where those checks would take place.

    The Revenue has hired more than 450 people, including some 370 this year, to prepare for Brexit, as part of a phased recruitment of an additional 600 people to deal with the extra work resulting from the UK’s exit.

    Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe provided Revenue with an additional €10 million in last year’s budget for the recruitment of the staff. The uncertainty around the manner and timing of the UK’s departure from the EU and the possibility of a disorderly exit resulted in Revenue accelerating its recruitment plan.

    https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/arrival-of-new-customs-cars-in-dundalk-alarms-border-group-1.4036534
    #frontières #fermeture_des_frontières #Brexit #Irlande #Irlande_du_Nord #UK #Angleterre

    ping @mobileborders

  • Articles signalés par @reka


    Les autorités irlandaises rejettent l’offre Brexit de Boris Johnson comme étant « inacceptable »
    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/oct/02/irish-officials-dismiss-boris-johnson-brexit-offer-as-unacceptable
    Deux frontières pour quatre ans : quelle est l’offre Brexit de Boris Johnson ?
    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/oct/02/two-borders-four-years-what-boris-johnson-brexit-offer
    Voici la frontière irlandaise (carte en temps réel des passages)
    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/ng-interactive/2019/sep/02/a-typical-hour-in-the-life-of-the-irish-border
    Brexit : Le plan de Boris Johnson pour une alternative au filet de sécurité (backstop) reçoit un premier accueil glacial de la part de l’UE
    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/live/2019/oct/02/brexit-latest-news-conservative-conference-boris-johnsons-plan-for-alte
    #brexit #irlande #frontière #royaume-uni #ulster #irlande-du-nord

  • Signalé par @reka :
    Les plans secrets de Boris Johnson pour la frontière irlandaise…

    Boris Johnson’s ’secret Irish border plans’ dismissed as non-starter. Report cites leaked proposals for clearance areas 5-10 miles from border and real-time tracking of goods

    Boris Johnson’s secret plans to solve the Irish border Brexit challenge involve customs sites on both sides of the border and real-time tracking devices on lorries, it has been reported.
    The ideas, which mark a departure from his promise not to put infrastructure on the border, are part of four unofficial papers submitted by the UK to Brussels by Johnson’s team.
    The broadcaster RTÉ, which has had sight of the the tightly guarded proposals, is reporting that customs clearance sites would be sited five to 10 miles from the border to the north and the south to deal with imports and exports.
    Traders would have the choice of lodging their papers at these sites, similar to the ones that existed before the single market came into existence, or electing to be tracked electronically in an online “transit” arrangement.
    […]

    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/sep/30/hardline-conservative-brexiters-open-door-to-support-for-deal
    #irlande #frontières #brexit #royaume-uni #ulster

  • Royaume-Uni: John McDonnell, l’éminence rouge de Jeremy Corbyn
    https://www.mediapart.fr/journal/international/200919/royaume-uni-john-mcdonnell-l-eminence-rouge-de-jeremy-corbyn

    Le député londonien sera l’une des vedettes de la conférence annuelle du parti travailliste, qui s’ouvre samedi 21 septembre à Brighton dans un contexte politique très tendu. Ce tenant de l’aile gauche du parti travailliste, qui cite Marx et rêve de devenir ministre de l’économie, défend sur l’Europe une position plus pragmatique que Corbyn.

    #EUROPE #Brexit,_Royaume-Uni,_Jeremy_Corbyn,_Grande-Bretagne,_gauches,_John_McDonnell

  • Grande-Bretagne : Hausse des salaires de 4%, du jamais vu depuis 2008 - Challenges
    https://www.challenges.fr/finance-et-marche/grande-bretagne-hausse-des-salaires-de-4-du-jamais-vu-depuis-2008_673705

    Les salaires ont connu cet été leur hausse la plus forte depuis la mi-2008 avec un taux de chômage revenu au plus bas depuis le milieu des années 70.

    #brexit

  • Boris Johnson suspend le jeu parlementaire
    https://www.mediapart.fr/journal/international/100919/boris-johnson-suspend-le-jeu-parlementaire

    Le Parlement britannique a été suspendu dans la nuit au terme d’une séance très houleuse au cours de laquelle les députés ont de nouveau voté contre l’organisation d’élections anticipées. Les parlementaires ont été congédiés jusqu’au 14 octobre, jour où le gouvernement présentera son programme législatif. À la tête du gouvernement, Boris Johnson a les mains libres, ou presque, pendant les cinq prochaines semaines. Et assure être en mesure de trouver une issue à l’impasse du Brexit.

    #EUROPE #Brexit,_UE,_Royaume-Uni,_europe,_boris_johnson,_A_la_Une

  • Pour Boris Johnson, un seul objectif : la victoire
    https://www.mediapart.fr/journal/international/030919/pour-boris-johnson-un-seul-objectif-la-victoire

    En novembre 2015, Boris Johnson affronte l’historienne Mary Beard lors d’un débat télévisé. Leur duel jette une autre lumière sur le premier ministre britannique. Cet homme n’a cure de l’honnêteté politique et méprise les idéaux de la démocratie.

    #EUROPE #Brexit,_Mary_Beard,_boris_johnson,_carolin_emcke,_Royaume-Uni

  • FT inadvertently gives huge front-page ad to Labour as party of hope and change | The SKWAWKBOX
    https://skwawkbox.org/2019/09/02/ft-inadvertently-gives-huge-front-page-ad-to-labour-as-party-of-hope-and-

    The Financial Times (FT) has given the ‘above the fold’ half of its front page this morning to policies it presumably thinks will horrify its core readership – but which will be music to the ears of millions of voters hard-pressed under the Tories and their prioritisation, as #Corbyn said in his Salford speech this morning, of ‘those who lend and speculate over those who actually make things‘.

    #MSM

  • ’Where do I go ?’ EU citizens face legal limbo after decades in Britain

    Anna Amato was just two when she moved to Britain from Italy with her parents 55 years ago.

    She has lived in Britain ever since, attending school and university, working in a variety of jobs, and paying taxes. She has always lived in the city of Bristol in the west of England, marrying a British husband and raising two British children.

    Like thousands of European Union nationals who have made Britain their home after living in the country for decades, Amato always assumed she had earned the legal right to settle permanently.

    But the government didn’t agree. The interior ministry rejected her request for permanent residency last year, saying she did not have enough evidence to document her status.

    She was devastated.

    “You are in your country, it is a democracy, all of a sudden you are told after this time no one knows what is going to happen to you,” Amato, 57, told Reuters. “Where do I go? It is really, really scary.”

    Amato is one of a growing number of EU nationals denied the right to live indefinitely in Britain ahead of the country’s departure from the bloc, currently scheduled for October 31.

    For decades, Britain’s membership of the EU has guaranteed the bloc’s citizens the right to live and work in the country. But as Britain prepares to sever ties with Brussels after 46 years, EU citizens must apply for a new legal lifeline to remain, known as settled status.

    Under the government’s plans, EU citizens who can prove they have lived continuously in Britain for five years will be granted settled status, giving them the same rights to work, study and benefits they currently hold.

    But Reuters has spoken to six EU nationals, including a top French chef, who have been refused settled status, even though they should automatically qualify through continuous residency.

    Many EU nationals are concerned they could lose the right to free healthcare or employment. Others are worried about how they will prove they have the right to return if they travel abroad.

    The fate of EU migrants has been thrown further into confusion by the government’s announcement this month that their automatic right to live and work in Britain will end abruptly - and sooner than expected - in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
    ‘SO INSULTING’

    The problems facing EU nationals asked to suddenly prove their status mirrors the Windrush scandal, in which British citizens of Caribbean origin were denied rights despite living lawfully in the country for decades. Some lost jobs, others were wrongly deported.

    Virendra Sharma, a lawmaker in the opposition Labour Party and a supporter of the pro-EU Best for Britain campaign group, said Amato’s case was a sign the government is ill-prepared for such a drastic overhaul of the immigration system.

    “Anna’s story is a tragic one,” he said. “How can somebody who has given so much of their life to the UK, who went to school here and got married here, have their existence in this country wiped? I think most people would say that can’t be right.”

    Amato, who speaks with a soft Bristol accent, began trying to unravel her immigration status in 2017. It was a year after Britain voted to leave the EU and the government was promising to tighten immigration rules for the bloc’s citizens. She spent about three months compiling documents to apply for settled status. They included tax returns, bank statements, her qualifications and social security number, known in Britain as a national insurance number.

    In a career spanning almost 40 years, Amato ran a pizza takeaway for almost 20 years and also worked as a personal assistant and counsellor. Amato, who says she’s apolitical, estimates she has paid more than half a million pounds ($615,000) in taxes.

    By the time she had finished collecting documents she filled a box, which was so heavy it cost her 35 pounds to post.

    But the interior ministry refused her application saying she had “failed to show you have a permanent right of residence in the UK,” according to a letter seen by Reuters.

    Amato then made a series of frantic calls to the ministry and sent almost a dozen emails complaining there had been a mistake. The government so far refused to change its decision.

    In one email which particularly riles Amato, a government official told her she had failed to prove herself as, “a qualified person either as a worker, a self-employed person, a student, a jobseeker, or a self-sufficient person”. “It is so insulting,” she said, wiping away tears. “You know we all need a basic need to feel a sense of belonging, wherever we are.”

    “All of a sudden, they snatch it away from you. You become unstable. It gives you anxiety, stress, you know it affects every aspect of your life. It is so upsetting,” she said.

    The interior ministry said Amato had not reapplied under its EU Settlement Scheme and that it had told her where to get assistance with the process.

    The government launched its EU Settlement Scheme for registering EU citizens in January this year.
    ‘PAINFUL AND EMBARRASSING’

    The status of British and EU nationals living in each other’s territories has been one of the most important issues in Brexit talks, which have dragged on for the past three years.

    Both sides have promised to ensure settled citizens do not lose any rights.

    In his first statement to parliament after becoming prime minister in July, Boris Johnson said he wanted to thank EU citizens living in Britain for their contribution and promised to ensure they could remain after Brexit.

    But Daniel Hannan, a prominent Brexit supporter and Conservative lawmaker in the European Parliament, has called on the government to do more, saying he had been contacted by EU nationals in his constituency denied long-term residency.

    “This is a breach of the assurances I and other Leavers gave during the referendum,” he said. “Please help sort this out.”

    Until recently, the government had been advising the estimated 3.5 million EU citizens living in Britain that they had until December 2020 to register to retain their rights. So far, only about 1 million people have applied.

    Richard Bertinet, a renowned French chef who has lived in Britain for the past 31 years, was denied settled status after applying earlier this month with the help of his British wife, a former lawyer.

    Bertinet, who has written two award-winning cookbooks, appeared on cookery television programmes and set up a bakery that supplies upmarket supermarket chain Waitrose, said he had only been granted pre-settled status.

    The ministry gave him the right to stay until 2024, when he will need to reapply for settled status.

    “It is painful and embarrassing,” he told Reuters. “I have spent more time in my life in this country than in France.”

    Bertinet said he fears more for vulnerable people, such as those who speak poor English or the elderly.

    “There are going to be a lot of tears for a lot of people.”

    The interior ministry said in response to a request for comment that it has been in touch with Bertinet to help him provide evidence to be granted settled status.But others may not be so fortunate. It can be particularly difficult to prove residency for stay-at-home parents or carers even if they have lived in Britain for years.

    Amato says she is not sure she will apply again to confirm her residency status - and will just deal with the consequences.

    She could apply for citizenship through her British husband. But she’s offended by the idea of having to sit an English and history test and paying more than a thousand pounds to get citizenship after living in Britain for over half a century.

    “I resent the fact I have to apply for settlement in my own country. If I apply again, I am enabling the system,” she said. “What is next? A badge, branding?”

    Amato says her Italian father, who had dementia in later life and died in March, would be upset at how EU migrants are being treated. He moved his family to Britain to work in a factory making washing machines in 1964, a time when Britain was looking abroad for workers.

    “He loved the UK because he thought it was a fair and decent nation. He was proud to be here,” she said. “I feel betrayed.”

    https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-britain-eu-immigration-insight/where-do-i-go-eu-citizens-face-legal-limbo-after-decades-in-britain-idUK
    #citoyens_européens #UK #Angleterre #limbe #limbe_législatif #brexit

    Ajouté à la métaliste sur les conséquences du Brexit sur les citoyens européens vivant en UK :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/784126

    • How EU families in Britain are coping with Brexit uncertainty

      Mirela left Croatia in 1991 because of the civil war in Yugoslavia. Her husband Frank grew up in the Republic of Ireland. Both are worried Brexit has left a deep scar through British society, one that it will take years to heal. They also worry about the impact of Brexit on their mixed-nationality families and how to mitigate it.

      “It is a smart option to get as many passports as you can,” Mirela, who holds a passport from the newest EU member state, Croatia, told our team. For Frank, an Irish national, his Republic of Ireland passport is the best to have under current circumstances due to the additional arrangements between the Republic of Ireland and the UK regarding the status of their citizens.

      Mirela, who has seen how quickly a country can implode and how rapidly the value of a passport can change, is not persuaded. “Things can change quickly,” She says.

      These comments are a snapshot of the many, often animated and tense, conversations EU families have had since June 2016.

      Boris Johnson, the British prime minister, recently said the chances of a Brexit deal are now “touch and go”, having previously said the odds of a no-deal Brexit were “a million to one”. This has reopened the debate around the protections provided by the “EU settled status” arrangement, further igniting EU citizens’ anxieties and moving more people towards applying for a British passport via naturalisation.

      The latest Home Office immigration statistics released in August show that since March 2019, when the scheme was officially launched after a pilot phase, more than a million EU nationals have applied for “EU settled status” which allows them to continue living in the UK after Brexit.

      Data also reveal that the share of British citizenship applications by EU nationals has increased from 4% in 2007 to 30% in June 2019. At the time of the 2016 EU referendum, applications by EU citizens accounted for 12% of the total.

      Our study – EU families and Eurochildren in Brexiting Britain – shows that for some EU citizens, the result of the EU referendum has meant a sudden and even shocking realisation of the fragility of their legal position in the UK. Others, instead, had already encountered the UK government’s “hostile environment” and experienced being at the receiving end of the virulent anti-immigration rhetoric of some British newspapers.

      Indeed, research shows that Polish and other Central and Eastern EU nationals in the UK have felt negatively targeted by British populist media since much before the June 2016 EU referendum. This might explain why, similarly to Romanian citizens, they began to apply in sizeable numbers for British citizenship even before the referendum and are currently the two main countries of origin of citizenship applicants, followed by Italians, Germans and French.

      Given the above, it’s unsurprising, therefore, that while the increase in applications for British citizenship from citizens of so-called “old member states” (EU14) (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Republic of Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Sweden) has been steeper since June 2016, the increase among citizens of “new member states” – divided into EU8 (Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia) and EU2 (Romania, Bulgaria), according to their date of accession to the EU – began earlier.

      In 2013, 47% of all British citizenship applications by EU citizens came from EU8 nationals, 27% from EU2 nationals, and 25% from EU14 nationals. By contrast, in 2019, EU14 citizens accounted for 51% of all EU applications, with the EU8 accounting for 30%, and the EU2 18%.

      Newspaper reports often take this as evidence of EU nationals racing to secure their status in the UK. But there are an estimated 3.7m EU nationals in the UK, and only one third has so far applied for settled status and 130,000 for citizenship since the EU referendum.

      Our findings have highlighted how some EU citizens, particularly children, risk falling through the cracks of the settled status registration process and, as a consequence, may encounter insurmountable obstacles to later accessing citizenship.
      A hard decision

      There are a range of economic, social and legal considerations, including fees, eligibility restrictions, and the right to dual nationality that may preclude EU nationals from applying for citizenship. We also found that for those in the position to do it, it is rarely a decision that is taken lightly. Many going through the process feel like the decision has been forced upon them by circumstances, and ultimately decided to apply with family and the future of their children at the forefront of their minds.

      Family composition, in terms of the countries of birth of both parents and children, also plays a role in the decision-making process. We found that in mixed nationality families, including those with a UK-born partner, leaving the UK and “going home” is a rarely a realistic option and that naturalisation becomes the only viable way of keeping the family safe and together.

      We also found that attitudes towards naturalisation vary significantly among EU nationals. Better off and more educated EU nationals, for example, are more reluctant to apply to become British, on ideological and political grounds. Among EU14 nationals this response to naturalisation was more frequent.

      Others, like Mirela, take a more pragmatic approach to acquiring a British passport, particularly those who have previously experienced the constraints and difficulties of visa restrictions and come from countries with lower trust in state institutions and the rule of law (for example, Romania and Bulgaria).

      The outcome of the EU referendum is tearing some EU families apart, uprooting children and parents, spreading them across borders, and forcing families to reconsider their future in the UK. Under these circumstances, becoming a British citizen is often a defensive move – for those who can afford the £1,349 per person application fee – and a way for them to “take back control” over their lives after years of uncertainty.

      https://theconversation.com/how-eu-families-in-britain-are-coping-with-brexit-uncertainty-12265

  • On the Irish border lanes of Fermanagh, the bad old days are returning | UK news | The Guardian
    https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/aug/24/fermanagh-irish-border-lanes-bad-old-days-returning-no-deal-brexit-bomb

    Boris Johnson vowed to preserve peace in Northern Ireland during diplomatic forays to Germany and France last week, saying “under no circumstances” would the UK put checks and controls on the border.

    The prime minister’s reassurance did not reach the narrow lanes and hedgerows of County Fermanagh. Here it felt like the bad old days had already returned.

    A helicopter and surveillance aircraft criss-crossed grey skies over the village of Newtownbutler, while in the fields below police and soldiers fanned out in the grim, familiar choreography of securing a bomb scene.

    #irlande_du_nord

  • #Boris_Johnson annonce que le #Royaume-Uni stoppera la libre circulation des personnes le 31 octobre en cas de Brexit sans accord

    Le gouvernement du Premier ministre britannique Boris Johnson a annoncé lundi 19 août vouloir mettre « immédiatement » fin à la libre circulation des personnes en cas de Brexit sans accord le 31 octobre, un durcissement de position par rapport au précédent gouvernement.

    L’ancienne Première ministre Theresa May, à qui Boris Johnson a succédé le 24 juillet, prévoyait une « période de transition » même en cas d’absence d’accord de divorce avec l’Union européenne, permettant aux citoyens européens de se rendre au Royaume-Uni, d’y travailler ou d’y étudier sans démarches particulières. La « libre circulation telle qu’elle existe actuellement se terminera le 31 octobre quand le Royaume-Uni quittera l’UE », a indiqué une porte-parole du 10 Downing Street.

    https://www.francetvinfo.fr/monde/europe/la-grande-bretagne-et-l-ue/le-royaume-uni-stoppera-la-libre-circulation-le-31-octobre-en-cas-de-br
    #Brexit #frontières #Irlande #libre_circulation_des_personnes #fermeture_des_frontières #Angleterre #UK