The Brexit General Election manifestos: Is this it?

The manifestos of the Conservatives, Labour and UKIP set out radically different visions for Brexit Britain. But – a year on from the referendum – almost nothing in them of any significance is contingent on Brexit. Whether it is re-nationalisation or new arrangements for social care, pensions, tax rises or cuts, industrial strategy, “global Britain”, education or equalities  – all these […]

EU Successes: The Single Market

May wants to sacrifice future British prosperity for a vague commitment to slash EU immigrant numbers I was tempted to say that Theresa May has got her knickers in a twist, but that is not very polite when talking of a Prime Minister. A more acceptable expression – and perhaps a more accurate one – […]

How EU agencies affect our lives – for the better!

The EU referendum “leave” campaign spread the idea that our lives were increasingly falling under the dark influence of unaccountable and overpaid “bureaucrats in Brussels”. This conjured up a picture of hordes of faceless, most likely foreign, people in cavernous offices, beavering away to generate more and more ridiculous regulations through which to control the […]

Brexit will be defeated by Brexit (but YOU need to help)

29 March 2017 will go down in history as the day the UK notified its intention to leave the European Union (EU). History may also record that a few decades later England, after years of economic stagnation and political isolation, re-joined an independent Scotland, Wales and a united Ireland in the Eurozone. Although Brexiters want […]

A practical vision for Remainers

“World Peace”. Those are the opening words of the Schumann Declaration – the founding document of what is now the European Union. So that is what it is all about. Peace between member states. And peace in the face of external threat by offering political support to the NATO military alliance. The EU has helped […]