Government must consider impact of Brexit on the North West

Government MUST consider impact of Brexit on the North West, and do so NOW, warns Labour MEP Labour MEP Julie Ward is calling on the UK government to commission and publish economic assessments of how Brexit will impact the North West. Continue reading

Labour must be honest about Brexit

Following Theresa May’s shambolic elections, Labour is a government in waiting, and I would like to see that government take office. That is why it is time for Labour to be honest about Brexit. Continue reading

MEPs across the EU call for UK citizens left in limbo not to be used as bargaining chips

Members of the European Parliament from across the EU have joined forces to send a strong message about the rights of UK citizens. Led by Labour NW England MEP, Julie Ward, MEPs have sent a letter to Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, calling for an end to citizens being used as bargaining chips in Brexit negotiations. Continue reading

Don’t leave young Brits behind after Brexit: why we need 30 more years of Erasmus

Today we celebrate the birthday of one of the European Union’s greatest success stories, Erasmus.  For 30 years it has brought generations of young people in Europe closer together in the most practical and efficient way. Since the creation of the Erasmus mobility programme in 1987, more than 3 million  young people have studied abroad and over 300,000 research exchanges, teaching and training have been supported. Continue reading

Brexit and beyond – State of Play

As the end of a momentous year approaches, many of us find ourselves rushing to the finish line feeling sick in our stomachs and anxious about the future. 2016 has been an exceptional roller-coaster of a year which has left us with many complex unanswered questions. The signs are that 2017 may prove to be equally challenging, and we must do our best to prepare for it.     Continue reading

The EU and UK relationship in the future of the Digital Single Market

On November 11th, Julie spoke at an event in Westminster entitled “the EU/UK relationship in the future of the Single Digital Market”. The Creative Economy across the UK employs nearly 3 million people and it has been one of the most resilient sectors during the economic crisis. Audiovisual, Media and Internet industries in particular are a key sector in the UK creative economy, for example Media City in Manchester. Those industries are, by nature, highly impacted by the Single Market Regulation. Continue reading

High Court rules on Brexit - what did it say?

Following Gina Miller's case, the High Court decision on Brexit has shown that Theresa May’s plan for Brexit is at odds with the UK’s unwritten constitution. Although the Government plans to appeal the decision, and the Supreme Court will have the final say, the decision this week has already changed the rules for Brexit.     Continue reading

Resisting Brexit is democratic

British politics is experiencing an unprecedented upheaval, and it is important for progressives and socialists to come together and navigate a path through the fallout from June’s disastrous referendum result.   Continue reading

Why EU membership is important to the fight against austerity

The reason that Jeremy Corbyn has resonated so powerfully with young people today is that he has stood up and unequivocally spoken out against the economic policies that have let them down. These young people want social justice, and also voted to remain in the EU. The left of the Party must listen and put these two desires together.   Continue reading

Why the Left must stand up for Freedom of Movement

In the run-up to the referendum, the Leave campaign made contradictory pledges on what Brexit would mean: on the one hand, it promised to reduce and control immigration, espousing inflammatory xenophobic claims. On the other hand, it promised to keep Britain in the European single market. After the vote, Boris Johnson told the press that the UK would be able to achieve both, a claim that was quickly quashed by European leaders and a majority in the European Parliament. Theresa May keeps telling us that “Brexit means Brexit”, but it is embarrassingly obvious to all that the government themselves don’t know what Brexit means in practice.   Continue reading