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Archive for January, 2017

May-Trump: An Unholy Alliane

Posted by jonathanfryer on Sunday, 29th January, 2017

may-trump-2Normally it would be a matter of celebration that a British Prime Minister should be the first foreign leader to visit a newly-installed US President, but the pictures of Theresa May hand-in-hand with Donald Trump evoked nothing but shame. This is a man who has said the most disgustingly offensive comments about women, declared that Muslims will be banned from entering the United States (though that may prove to be unconstitutional) and demanded that Mexico should pay for a multi-billion dollar wall that he wants to build along the USA’s southern border. But Mrs May kept smiling while she was with the President and said she looks forward to a new era in which the US and Britain will lead the world. Apart from the fact that her image of a globally powerful UK on a par with the United States is nothing short of delusional, she will soon discover just how “friendly” the Trump administration is when the hoped-for bilateral trade deal is negotiated. The reason the British Prime Minister went rushing to Washington once she heard the dog whistle is of course because Mrs May wishes to recalibrate Britain’s foreign and trading relations in preparation for a hard Brexit, exiting the European Union and the single market. By doing so — if that folly goes ahead — she will turn her back on our 27 EU partners, with whom we share not only laws but values, and instead put together a patchwork of ne best friends, many of whom share some disagreeable traits, from using the death penalty, having relaxed gun laws, and abusing human rights. To add insult to injury, the Prime Minster has announced that Mr Trump will make a state visit to Britain this summer, which would mean his staying with the Queen. If that outrageously offensive proposition does go ahead, I trust the monarch will find herself diplomatically indisposed.

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UK Workers: Staying in the EU Is Best

Posted by jonathanfryer on Monday, 23rd January, 2017

workers-rightsTheresa May is doubtless feeling very pleased with herself that she will be the first European political leader to meet US President Donald Trump. Ahead of this encounter officials have let it be known that one thing the two are keen to promote is a greater exchange of US and UK workers. Quite apart from the fact that it is hard to reconcile this with the Conservative government’s pledge to slash immigration, what might appear at first glance as a golden opportunity for Brits to go and work in the US could turn into a poisoned chalice. While Britain is still part of the EU British workers benefit from a whole raft of entitlements and protection, from paid holidays to health and safety at work, job security and comprehensive health care. Provisions in the United States are far weaker and if Donald Trump gets his way, they will become weaker still. Many UK workers voted Leave in last June’s referendum, for a variety of reasons, but I wager that most had no idea that by doing so they would undermine their own hard-won rights and entitlements. So while the US will be alluring for some, for most people remaining in the EU is better.

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My New Role as LibDems’ London Brexit Spokesperson

Posted by jonathanfryer on Wednesday, 18th January, 2017

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Jonathan Fryer appointed Lib Dem Brexit Spokesperson for London

The Liberal Democrats have announced their team of regional spokespeople for Brexit.

Jonathan Fryer, a former candidate in the EU elections for London, an academic and a journalist, has been appointed as the regional spokesperson for London.

He will be tasked with fighting to reduce the damage of Brexit for the people of London following Theresa May’s announcement yesterday that she intends to take Britain out of the Single Market and impose a Hard Brexit.

650,000 jobs in the London are linked to trade with the Single Market. London exported £12.3 billion worth of goods to the Single Market in 2014, 43% of all the city’s exports.

Nick Clegg, Liberal Democrat Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, said:

““Brexit is going to be a major upheaval for people up and down the country. It is easily the biggest political decision in modern history and the repercussions of the decisions made in the next few years will be felt for a generation.

“The pound has already fallen in value, jobs have already migrated overseas, we must have no doubt that the years ahead will be tough for London.

“Jonathan Fryer is going to do an excellent job of holding the government to account as the Conservative’s drag us out of Europe and the Single Market. The Liberal Democrats will continue to fight for a fair deal for the people of London.”

Jonathan Fryer said:

“Theresa May’s decision to take us out of the Single Market will have a devastating effect on the economy of London and I will fight tooth and nail for local people to ensure that jobs and prosperity are protected.”
ENDS

Notes for editors:

Photos of Jonathan Fryer with Nick Clegg are available on request.

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