David Cameron has pledged to try to make non-military national service “a rite of passage” for every British teenager in his first job since resigning as prime minister. A month after stepping down as an MP, Cameron has announced that he is to chair a panel of patrons on the expanded National Citizen Service (NCS) – a summer camp initiative he set up in his first months in office designed to instil social responsibility in young people as part of his “big society”. Cameron said the service was an example of the big society in action. But critics say there is little evidence that the scheme works. It has also emerged that one of the key funders of the initiative was a tycoon who backed Brexit. Cameron said he wanted to offer every 16- and 17-year-old the chance to take part in the four-week camps and to embed the initiative “in our national fabric”. Writing in the Telegraph, Cameron said: “That should be our goal – not necessarily … [Read more...] about David Cameron to work with National Citizen Service in first post-politics role
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What now for Labour? In the short term, the party is prepared to continue talks with Theresa May to try to see whether a compromise can be found on the future relationship that both sides can support. Two key problems threaten the prospect of success: the prime minister’s almost non-existent authority, and whether it is ultimately ever going to be in Labour’s interests to do a deal with the Tories. Senior Labour figures simply do not trust that whatever is offered by May or her de facto deputy, David Lidington, will have the support of the cabinet – or that it will not simply be unpicked by a future leader. Internally, the six-month extension to article 50 complicates matters. There is no urgency to avoid no deal and come to a Brexit agreement. Labour MPs who had been thinking about finally voting for May’s deal are less likely to do so now. Supporters of a second referendum will feel emboldened to push the party towards backing legislation to allow a fresh poll … [Read more...] about What does a Brexit delay mean for politics, business, citizens and the EU?
Leaving the EU would be an act of political arson that risks the destruction of international order, the former foreign secretary David Miliband has said. In one of the starkest warnings of the referendum debate so far, Miliband argued that the impact of Brexit could extend far beyond the UK and that it could have a disastrous effect on the rest of the world. Writing for the Guardian before delivering a key speech in Westminster on Tuesday, he said it would amount to “giving up on our alliances” with the rest of the world. “It means forsaking our position at the negotiating table and abandoning our international responsibilities – unilateral political disarmament. No nation in human peacetime history has voluntarily given up as much political power as we are being invited to throw away on 23 June.” The former politician, who lost the Labour leadership race to his brother Ed in 2010, said leaving the EU could set off a domino effect across the world. … [Read more...] about Brexit would be political arson, says David Miliband
Boris Johnson is urging MPs to back his Brexit deal in a final bid to get the UK to leave the EU in nine days' time.MPs will vote on the PM's Withdrawal Agreement Bill and if they back it they will be asked to approve a three-day timetable to consider the legislation.But the decision to curtail the scrutiny of the bill to three days has sparked anger from opposition MPs.Mr Johnson told the Commons backing the deal meant MPs could "get Brexit done and move our country on".But the BBC's Norman Smith said the PM looks set for a "deeply damaging" defeat over the timetable.However, the prime minister seems on course to win an important symbolic victory with MPs poised to back his Brexit bill in principle, our assistant political editor added.MPs will begin a number of votes on Mr Johnson's Withdrawal Agreement Bill, which was published on Monday, at about 19:00 BST. Elsewhere, European Council President Donald Tusk has told the European Parliament in Strasbourg he is consulting the 27 EU … [Read more...] about Brexit: Boris Johnson in last push to get deal through
Claim: Boris Johnson has suggested that Brexit is going to bring such optimism and joy to the country there will be a baby boom, and claimed that it will parallel a previous rise in births after the 2012 Olympics. Background In an interview with the Sunday Times, the prime minister claimed that “Cupid’s darts will fly once we get Brexit done” and “romance will bloom across the whole nation”. He said there had been a baby boom “after the Olympics, as I correctly prophesied in a speech in 2012”. Johnson is fond of such claims. When mayor of London, he claimed the “euphoria” in the wake of Team GB’s success at the 2012 Olympic games had led to a surge in births not seen in the capital since 1967, the year after England won the football World Cup. Reality Across the UK, the number of babies born in 2013 was down on 2012, so no Olympic baby boom there, according to the Office for National Statistics. ONS tables for England, Wales, … [Read more...] about Will getting Brexit done create another baby boom in the UK?