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Blog: Man City hire £20,000-a-day lawyer David Pannick who blocked Brexit TWICE twice to help them overturn –

Man City have hired a £20,000-a-day lawyer, who helped block Brexit twice, to help overturn their European football ban.

Earlier this month, the Premier League champions were hit with a two-year ban from the Champions League and Europa League, and a £24.9million fine, after breaching Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play Regulations.

Man City are set to fight their European football ban

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Man City are set to fight their European football ban

Man City said they will appeal the punishment at the Court of Arbitration ‘at the earliest opportunity’, with the club’s CEO Ferran Soriano passionately denying the allegations, saying they are ‘simply not true’.

And the reigning Premier League champions have responded by bringing in David Pannick QC, one of the lawyers in the UK, to head up their legal fight against UEFA.

The 63-year-old represented Gina Miller twice when she took issue with former Prime Minister Theresa May and current PM Boris Johnson over Brexit.

He successfully represented Miller when she stopped May from taking Great Britain out of the European Union without consent from Parliament in 2016.

And Pannick represented Miller once more last year when she told the Supreme Court Johnson had given the Queen the wrong advice when trying to suspend Parliament.

City are hoping he can do the same and manage to keep them in European competition, and are understood to be paying £20,000-a-day for Pannick’s services.

David Pannick was awarded a life peerage in 2008


David Pannick was awarded a life peerage in 2008

Meanwhile, despite the impending ban from Europe, City boss Pep Guardiola has not ruled out signing a new long-term contract at the club.

The Spaniard, who has won back-to-back Premier League titles, is out of contract at the end of next season.

He said: “My happiness. I’m looking for my happiness, that’s the only thing I’m looking for.

“Everyone is looking for that, to be happy with what they do.

“I’m working with exceptional players especially and I have the feeling that they follow us 100 per cent.

Pep Guardiola remains committed to Man City

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Pep Guardiola remains committed to Man City

“Knowing how it’s not easy working with us and with me, but I’m happy. That is the only reason why, when I move from one place, always it’s because I am thinking I can be happier than the place that I was before. That is the only reason.

“When I feel that, but I feel I am with a club, we have got incredible owners and a good relationship, so I think it will not be a problem, to understand both sides, if we decide to stay three more years or stay in the time we are together.

“With [chairman] Khaldoon [Al Mubarak] we are going to talk at the end of the season, or in the middle of next season, and we will see.”

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Blog: What should England’s new national anthem be after Brexit? – indy100

God Save the King (or presently Queen) has been the UK’s national anthem since the 19th century.

While Scotland and Wales have separate national anthems, England and Northern Ireland, curiously, are without an official one of their own.

At events like the Commonwealth Games, A Londonderry Air is played for Northern Ireland, while Scotland the Brave has been played for Scotland in place of Flower of Scotland.

But after Brexit, should England get a new national anthem?

This has been a topic of discussion for several years. In 2016 – just before the majority of English (and Welsh) voters voted for Brexit, dragging Scotland and Northern Ireland out with them – MPs debated whether England should obtain it’s own national anthem.

A YouGov survey at the time has showed that 49 per cent of UK “opinion formers” (whoever they are) believe that England should have its own national, even just for sporting events.

YouGov also polled people’s preferences for England’s national anthem, and the most popular of the options (which included Tubthumping by Chumbawumba?!) was Jerusalem, by William Blake.

Because that’s not problematic at all…

People on social media have been coming up with some of their own suggestions for a post-Brexit English national anthem.

And some of the ideas are unorthodox to say the least…

What’s your suggestion?

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Blog: Brexit bombshell: Will deal create chaos for UK’s time zones? –

The European Parliament last year voted to scrap the twice-yearly changing of the clocks to accommodate extra daylight hours. Under an EU directive, the remaining 27 states currently switch to summer time hours on the last Sunday of March and back to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) on the last Sunday of October – a pattern the UK follows.

But under a potential swap by Brussels to a “double summer time” arrangement, Lords have warned Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s withdrawal agreement could see Northern Ireland legally obliged to be one hour ahead for six months every year.

This would mean the 1.8 million people living in the six counties would follow summer time hours, even when those in Great Britain wind their clocks back by 60 minutes in the autumn.

Dr Heather Rolfe, head of research at Demos, recently represented the UK-based think tank at the European Union committee on the EU internal market about discontinuing seasonal changes.

Dr Rolfe revealed to how the proposals could lead to “complications” for the Irish border.

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She said: “The proposal of the European Union is now to scrap seasonal clock changes and so that every European country won’t change their time so they will then have to choose a single time to operate to all year round.

“Now, we’re out of the EU, we don’t have to go along with it.

“But obviously, if we don’t, there could be complications, particularly for the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland if we don’t change, and Ireland does change this.

“Ireland will have one change all year round, if we change, half the year will presumably be in alignment with them. And the other half we won’t.”


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A recent YouGov poll found 44 percent of people in the United Kingdom in favour of continuing to change the clocks.

In total 39 percent said they should stop and 17 percent said they did not know.

Dr Rolfe believes it is those in the third category which are key.

She said: “So the consultations that have been done, including from the EU, sound overwhelming support for changing the clocks, but the problem is when you have a consultation, you get people who are really fired-up about the issue and the EU consultation had a very low response rate from the UK in a very high response rate from Germany.

“It’s sort of split, but the crucial thing is the 17 percent of people who don’t know, because it’s one of those issues on which some people are very fired-up and feel it affects them personally and don’t really consider the opinions or the preferences of other people.

“Some people haven’t really given that much thought.

“What is important actually is the support for changing the clocks is much higher in Scotland than elsewhere, so there 56 percent of people think that the clock changes should continue.”

What is beyond dispute is how the Irish border issue is key.

Dr Rolfe said: “The real issue is Ireland because Ireland is obviously still a member of the EU and does not want to be out of sync with the UK because it will create havoc with the border, given that a large number of people work and travel across borders and synchronising times and so on would be very problematic.

“As far as Ireland is concerned, it depends on whether the UK decides actually to end the time difference.

“I do think that it’s time that we did consider whether we do want to change the clocks twice a year, and whether we just want to stick to one and if we do want to stick to one, then the evidence is that most people would prefer permanent summertime because they prefer lighter evening and the reason for that is socialising.”

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