Articles tagged Brexit:

Regulatory Equivalence Maybe, Regulatory Alignment No

  • 22 Feb 2020

I wonder if you’ve read David Frost’s speech in Brussels. If not, do yourself a favour and do so. Future historians will look back on it and regard it as just as significant as Margaret Thatcher’s 1988 Bruges speech. It’s actually a speech that Boris Johnson should have mad...

The Best Case for Brexit You'll Ever Read

  • 1 Feb 2020

This morning, a friend sent me this piece, which had appeared on his Facebook feed from someone called Sean McCarney. To me it summed up the whole Brexit debate, and indeed most of my own reasons for voting to leave the EU. He articulates the case for leaving in 500 words in a...

My Thoughts on Brexit Day

  • 31 Jan 2020

I'm at home in Tunbridge Wells tonight. You might think I'd be at some swanky dinner or intending to join the throngs in Parliament Square at 11pm to mark our departure from the European Union. You'd be wrong. I was indeed invited to all these events, and I have no hesitation ...

LibDem MEP Questions Motives of Poppy Wearing Brexiteers

  • 29 Oct 2019

We wear red poppies for remembrance and hope for a peaceful future (Royal British Legion). But the EU provides more than hope, after centuries of conflict it was created to ensure that it must never happen again. Am I wrong to be cynical about Brexiteers wearing poppies? — ...

Calm Down, Calm Down, Prorogation is Not the End of Democracy As We Know It

  • 28 Aug 2019

It's the end of democracy as we know it. This government is autocratic. Boris Johnson is running a tin-pot dictatorship. A coup. Just four of the quotes I've heard on the radio and TV over the last hour and all to do with the fact that the Prime Min...

The Sophistry of Interpreting the European Election Results & Why a General Election is now More Likely

  • 27 May 2019

A lot of spin has gone on to try to present the European elections as some sort of triumph for one side or the other. The truth of the matter is that the result continues to show a country split down the middle. The referendum vote share has barely moved.  Can we first of a...

If You Haven't Decided Who to Vote For Yet...

  • 21 May 2019

We are only a few days away from polling day in the European Elections. I thought it might be helpful to pull together all the interviews and debates I've hosted during the campaign in one place. If you haven't made up your mind, watching some of these might help... ...

Telegraph Column: Four Ways to Oust a Prime Minister

  • 24 Mar 2019

This article originally appeared in the Sunday Telegraph. Theresa May has survived crisis after crisis and clings to office like a limpet. This time, though, it is difficult to see any scenario in which she survives as prime minister. When you reportedly lose the confidence...

Theresa May Is Heading For a Big Defeat - What Happens Next?

  • 12 Mar 2019

This time yesterday I published THIS blogpost, saying it was time that Theresa May realised the game was up and that she should depart the stage. A few hours later she was on her way to Strasburg and by 11pm it looked highly likely she was about to pull off the impossible and ...

Theresa May's Days Are Numbered - The Game is Up

  • 11 Mar 2019

Back in September 1992, the evening of Black Wednesday (or White Wednesday as many of us came to call it) when Britain crashed out of the Exchange Rate Mechanism, the then Prime Minister, John Major, called Kelvin Mackenzie the editor of The Sun and joshed: "Kelvin, I hope you...