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Owen Tudor's Articles

Article 50: so much for Parliamentary sovereignty!

04 Sep 2016, by in Politics

This week, Theresa May ruled out giving Parliament a vote before Article 50 is triggered. She’s explained her position in terms of respecting the will of the people as expressed in June’s referendum – and the TUC accepts that decision too. But we are still disappointed at her decision – in the name of a…

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CETA: why TTIP’s death is being exaggerated

29 Aug 2016, by in International

The UK media this weekend has reported the death of the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), the EU-US so-called trade deal which – as Buzzfeed reported this week – would legalise corporate malfeasance and profiteering by including a discredited Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) mechanism. But, as with Mark Twain, rumours of TTIP’s death…

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Let EU citizens stay – new inquiry launched

16 Aug 2016, by in Politics

I’ve joined a panel set up today by centre-left think tank British Future to look at one of the knottiest problems caused by the Brexit vote in June – what to do when we leave about the EU citizens who are already living and working in the UK? The TUC and CBI have jointly called…

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Aid & trade: toxic mix or magic bullet?

04 Aug 2016, by in International

New aid-sceptic International Development Secretary Priti Patel MP has annoyed many in the aid NGOs with an article in the Daily Express which could be taken to mean that Britain’s large overseas aid budget should be used to encourage developing countries to sign trade agreements with post-Brexit Britain. The concerns stem from the Tory record on…

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What Byron Burgers tell us about policing migration

04 Aug 2016, by in International

A lot has been written about the immigration raids at Byron Burger restaurants across London a month ago which saw 35 people arrested and led to protests recently. Many have criticised the company for getting more involved than legally necessary, whereas others have suggested the management were just trying to carry out their legal duties.…

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How is the Brexit vote affecting workers?

02 Aug 2016, by in International

The simple answer, of course, is that it is too early to tell. The electorate’s decision on 23 June was just a decision, not the actual act of leaving the EU. Since then, we’ve had a substantial fall in the value of sterling which will make imported goods and components more expensive (including petrol) which…

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