I welcome Guy’s conversion to saying the UK should take part in the European elections. Only three weeks ago he said Labour should do a deal with the Tories to avoid them.
We didn’t, thank goodness....
Seb Dance MEPI’m pleased to see @guyverhofstadt sudden conversion to keeping Britain in the EU.
Three weeks ago he said Labour should do a deal with the Tories.
Thank goodness we didn’t.
It was Labour’s allies @TheProgressives who stood with us.
Explore Labour's candidates from each regional constituency for this year's European elections.
Seb Dance MEPVery honoured to have been reselected and placed second on @LondonLabour list for the probable European Elections in May.
We are a brilliant team.
We will make the unashamed case for a greener, fairer and more equal Europe - with the Brits IN!
The government repeatedly claims exiting the EU is 'the will of the people'. We need to put a stop to this claim by proving the strength of public support now, for remaining in the EU. A People's Vote may not happen - so vote now.
Theresa May's bid to force the European Union into last-minute Brexit concessions backfired today by triggering a furious reaction. Her tactics came under fire from the European Commission, the Irish premier and even Britain’s own former chief...
Seb Dance MEPIt wasn’t the EU27 that booted the UK out.
It wasn’t the EU27 that likened the UK to a Soviet gulag.
It wasn’t the EU27 that drew contradictory red lines.
It wasn’t the EU27 that pretended the trade-offs and losses of leaving the EU don’t exist
The Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly will simultaneously debate and vote on the same Brexit motion.
Seb Dance MEPBoth the Scottish Parliament 🏴 and the Welsh Assembly 🏴 vote to oppose the deal and call for rethink on Brexit.
We are a Union 🇬🇧 of nations, not a single nation state.
You‘re not paying attention if you think Brexit is not existential threat to the UK
I am arguing for a vote on the two concrete, deliverable options now before us: to seek a cross-party consensus on an alternative deal based on membership of a customs union, or a public vote on the way forward
Seb Dance MEPNone of the possible Brexit outcomes - whether it’s May’s deal, Norway, Canada, no deal, or no Brexit - is politically sustainable unless that option is ratified by the voters. Read my article in @Independent
Sony is planning to merge its European business into its Dutch arm to soften the impact of a no-deal Brexit,...
Seb Dance MEPThese stories are so frequent we’ve stopped noticing them. National decline - once fiercely denied as a consequence of Brexit - is now just an accepted part of the background furniture.
Support for staying in the European Union has jumped to its highest level since the 2016 referendum in the wake of the crushing Commons defeat for Theresa May’s deal. A new YouGov poll reveals 56 per cent of voters would choose Remain if given the...
Seb Dance MEPTwo things about this poll are striking:
• public opinion has not swung behind the referendum result from 2016; it’s moving away.
• this is a split for a generic “leave” v “remain” poll; in another ref leave wld have to put forward a specific proposal
Whatever happens in terms of Theresa May, general elections, and parliamentary twists and turns, we will still be faced with what to do about Brexit. If we don't want to leave without a deal (and we don't, for good reasons), and we also don't want...
Nearly 90% of party members would opt to stay in the EU in a ‘people’s vote’, finds survey
Seb Dance MEPThe public are turning against it. The trend in polling is crystal clear.
Now it is clearer that Labour members - *and voters* - are turning against it.
People are seeing through the lies and fantasies: Brexit is toxic - and Labour must oppose it.
Labour's Deputy Leader Tom Watson has this reaction to a caller who said he'd let children drown in the English Channel.
Seb Dance MEPThis is what happens when we call refugees “migrants”, people like Farage say day-in and day-out refugees are responsible for the problems we face, and then outlets like The Sun, Mail etc pay racists to write polemics describing refugees as “cockroaches”
The UK will "get control over our borders" as free movement to and from the EU ends, ministers will say.
Seb Dance MEPThe government is not acting in Britain’s interests. This is dog-whistle stuff and it stinks.
1. Ending free movement puts British citizens at a huge disadvantage (see my pinned tweet)
2. This is very stupid ahead of negotiations on future relationship
A British MEP has warned far-right activist Tommy Robinson poses a 'potential security risk' to the European parliament after being given a job by UKIP leader Gerard Batten.
Seb Dance MEPI’ve written to the President of the European Parliament about UKIP’s appointment of Stephen Yaxley-Lennon - there are questions over the security implications and the use of EU funds
Theresa May launches a frantic two-week campaign today to save her Brexit deal and premiership by telling MPs to do their duty and support her or face going “back to square one”. In a high-risk...
Seb Dance MEP“Square One”:
a) Tories divided on Europe
b) left-behind communities desperate for change
c) lack of funding for public services
a) is a given, whereas c) will only get worse with Brexit, leading to more disillusionment in b).
We never left Square One!
A Labour MEP on why it’s time for a people’s vote.
Seb Dance MEPI’ve set out in @NewStatesman why the deal would put our democracy under intense strain:
1️⃣ The diversion of time and energy to Brexit would continue
2️⃣ Debate on future relationship will exacerbate divisions in UK
3️⃣ The transition is not democratic
Seb Dance MEPOur NHS is in crisis, we face a huge productivity gap, our schools are underfunded, we have a chronic housing shortage.
Anyone who thinks that we should get Brexit “out of the way” so we can focus on other priorities is in for a nasty shock.
Seb Dance MEPOf all the PM’s falsehoods in her statement, the most egregious is the idea that this puts Brexit to bed, and we finally move on.
Be clear about this: if this deal gets through our politics will be consumed by Brexit for years.