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The Kiss of Death

September 29, 2016 // 7 Comments

There is an old gag which goes something like this: Question: How do you know when politicians are lying? Answer: When you see their lips move! On 23rd June 17,410,742 people voted to “Leave the European Union”. The other question on the ballot paper was “Remain a member of the [...]

News review – Thursday 29 September 2016

September 29, 2016 // 2 Comments

Brexit Express BRUSSELS is plotting to reverse the historic Brexit result and keep Britain in the EU. The alarm was raised after former Europe minister Peter Hain, a leading Remain campaigner, told a fringe meeting at Labour’s conference in Liverpool that EU bosses are prepared to ditch their [...]

News review – Wednesday 28 September 2016

September 28, 2016 // 7 Comments

EU army Breitbart During the European Election campaign in 2014 and this year’s referendum campaign, we were repeatedly told by the Remain campaign that there was no reason to fear an EU Army. Perhaps some of those people who publicly stated that leave campaigners like myself who raised the issue [...]

Negotiating Brexit – Part 3

September 27, 2016 // 10 Comments

In Part 1 I explained Article 50 and why the UK should simply leave without attempting a new relationship. In Part 2 I outlined what I think the UK should and should not negotiate under Article 50. That leaves the question of any future formal relationship and what the UK should be doing [...]

Negotiating Brexit – Part 2

September 26, 2016 // 12 Comments

In Part 1 I explained Article 50 and why I think UK should leave first and only then attempt a new formal relationship with the EU, if at all. I envisage that UK should undertake four related streams of activity: Formal negotiations with the EU under Article 50 strictly limited to arrangements for [...]

News review – Monday 26 September 2016

September 26, 2016 // 3 Comments

Labour leadership ITV News John McDonnell is to promise Labour will offer an “interventionist government” which will protect key British businesses from global market pressures. The shadow chancellor will use his keynote speech at the Labour party’s annual conference to herald a [...]

Negotiating Brexit – Part 1

September 25, 2016 // 18 Comments

No doubt Mrs May is receiving a great deal of advice, mostly conflicting, from all quarters. It seems to me that most commentary ignores the essential facts and is either made in pursuit of agendas which are irrelevant but opportunistic or which unnecessarily complicate the issues. Either will only [...]

Sunday papers – 25 September 2016

September 25, 2016 // 7 Comments

Labour leadership Following the re-election of Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader, several of the media cover the various aspects of the election. Breitbart reports: Islington North MP Jeremy Corbyn has seen off his opponent in a leadership contest, increasing his share of the vote to 61.8 per cent. [...]

News review – Friday 23 September 2016

September 23, 2016 // 2 Comments

Brexit Reuters Britain expects to start the divorce procedure to leave the European Union early next year and may not need two years to negotiate a deal, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said on Thursday. London is under pressure from fellow EU members to invoke Article 50 of the EU’s Lisbon [...]

The Brexit Negotiations – An Alternative View

September 23, 2016 // 3 Comments

The government says that it is preparing the way for our negotiations to leave the EU, but that these will be long and complicated, and the Article 50 notice cannot be delivered until the time is right.  This position looks awfully like prevarication and foot-dragging whilst they are desperately [...]
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