The Brexit Story, as told by BrexitCentral

30 Jan

It all began for BrexitCentral back in September 2016, less than twelve weeks after the June 2016 referendum at which more people voted for the UK to leave the EU than have ever voted for anyone or anything in British electoral history. And it began on a consensual note, with prominent Remain campaigner and Tory […]

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Boris has a mandate to get Brexit done – but don’t underestimate how slippery Brussels will be

29 Jan

As the Grauniad comes out edged in black, I’ll be celebrating Brexit day with a quiet pint of milk from non-farting Yorkshire cows. We should make it a genuinely national celebration by a magnanimous gesture to those who’ve buggered us around for the last three years: why not give a pound bag of Brussels sprouts […]

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We told the EU if they didn’t change, we’d go; they wouldn’t change – which is why we’re going

29 Jan

It was back in the late 1990s that a colleague of mine informed me of the impending demise of British Standards. What nonsense I thought, as only a madman (Tony Blair) would allow our country to lose one of its best trademarks. We were still digesting the EU’s Working Time Directive (WTD) along with a […]

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After all the Remainer legal chicanery, I’ll be closely monitoring the next stage of talks with Brussels

27 Jan

We formed Lawyers for Britain in early 2016 just before the start of the referendum campaign. We had two aims. One was to campaign for a Leave vote amongst the legal profession – a “small-c” conservative group who generally hate change of any kind, and most of whom therefore supported the prevailing orthodoxy of staying […]

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Let’s recall how the idea of Brexit went from taboo to reality in a matter of years

26 Jan

It’s really happening. After all the battles, diversions and setbacks, I almost have to pinch myself to be sure that finally we are going to leave the European Union. When my watch ticks past 11pm on Friday, I’ll celebrate, of course. But there will also be a lot of people on my mind. For a […]

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The Europeans may be our brethren, but the Anglosphere are our kin

21 Jan

Despite being a passionate Leaver, I have a confession to make: for me, Brexit is not really about Britain. This assertion does not always make me very popular among Brexiteer circles, but it lies at the very heart of my belief that it is essential for Britain to leave the European Union. Naturally I do […]

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We need to make Whitehall fit to run post-Brexit Britain

14 Jan

As Britain prepares to leave European Union, and to disengage with its administration and institutions, there will clearly need to be changes in the way the United Kingdom organises its own governmental structures. New roles and new responsibilities will require new ways of doing business. With a new government in place, with a strong mandate […]

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Brexit has the potential to forge existential change for the UK if the Government is brave enough

13 Jan

One of the most fascinating things in the coming months and years will be to see the extent to which Brexit proves to be a game-changer in politics, economics, the psyche of the country and the future course of British history. Will it be an existential change? Will it change our very being as a […]

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Why I will vote for the Withdrawal Agreement in the European Parliament

7 Jan

I entered the political arena in April last year only to ensure that the democratic result of the 2016 referendum was enacted, that the UK Brexits and that it does so properly. I had been a Conservative voter all my life but had totally lost faith in their ability to deliver the largest democratic mandate […]

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After a momentous 2019, it’s time to feast on the delicious opportunities afforded by Brexit

6 Jan

Optimism abounds as people return to work. Millions of people have new-found enthusiasm, energy and hope, akin to a delicious cake baked with the trusty ingredients of political stability and economic potential. What a difference a few months can do for a major nation’s fortunes. It’s worth reflecting on and correcting some misleading impressions of […]

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Boris’s Brexit deal is on the way to being passed – but there are a few areas where we need to keep vigilant

20 Dec

The General Election result finally removes all the sophists, timewasters, and referendum-poopers who have been metaphorically gluing themselves to the Brexit bus. It also provides a double mandate for the Conservative Party leadership. An unambiguous Boris majority quashes any prospects for Labour and Lib Dem guerillistas. Their referendum-repudiating manifesto turned them into oath breakers – […]

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At the election the people voted again for Brexit – it’s time Labour trusted them and accepted their decision

19 Dec

Boris Johnson has returned to Westminster to honour the pledges of the campaign. There will be no more Brexit betrayal. Britain will leave the EU in January 2020, the transition phase will end next December. Further delay is ruled out under the EU Withdrawal Bill due to have its Second Reading today. One year after […]

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Boris Johnson must avoid being overconfident and prepare to play hardball with the tricky EU negotiators

18 Dec

Be boosted by the election and the rout of Remain – but don’t get too confident. It ain’t over yet. Prime Ministerial honeymoons are shorter these days and the rampant Remainers will regroup and revive; the most difficult bit is still to come and negotiating with the EU is like getting cows not to fart. […]

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The Tories may have scooped up most of the Leave vote, but they struggled with British Muslim Brexiteers

18 Dec

The UK has witnessed one of the most stunning general election results in post-war history. With the disintegration of Labour’s traditional ‘red wall’, the Conservatives managed to breach Brexit-voting ‘coal country’ in spectacular fashion – winning seats such as Blyth Valley, Bishop Auckland, Sedgefield, North West Durham, Ashfield, Bassetlaw and Bolsover. A plethora of national […]

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Boris Johnson’s Government now needs to anchor Brexit and embrace the many opportunities it affords

17 Dec

When people have strained at the yoke for what seems a lifetime and then suddenly the top of a steep hill is reached, there is exhilaration – all at once: the lifting of a great burden, a great sense of relief, a wonderful view towards the horizon. This is what I and I suspect many […]

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A Conservative majority is the only chance we Leavers have to get Brexit done

12 Dec

The choice is clear in a general election which will define the future of our country and its place in the world for decades to come. I implore every single person to vote Conservative – and to those moderates in the Labour Party who respect the democratic process, I ask only that they do the […]

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Vote Conservative and give Boris a majority – or else we lose Brexit entirely

11 Dec

The pathway to delivering Brexit has already been a long one – and whether we successfully reach our destination now depends entirely on the result of this general election. The stakes on the eve of the UK going to the polls could not be higher. Both of us became politically aware in the early 1990s, […]

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If you want a Christmas without more Brexit indecision hanging over us, Boris Johnson needs a healthy majority

8 Dec

A couple of days after the European elections in May I wrote an article setting out the lessons I had learnt as the lead Conservative Euro candidate in Wales, which was published by BrexitCentral on the day that Boris Johnson became Prime Minister. My key recommendation was that whoever took over as Prime Minister from […]

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EU-enforced cosmopolitanism is not a recipe for harmony

7 Dec

There is little doubt that anti-Brexit groups have been very successful at claiming the moral high ground, portraying themselves as educated, socially progressive and generally mindful of the many injustices in our society. On the basis of this portrayal, I – a French national and University lecturer in Linguistics – could not be anything else […]

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Don’t believe those claiming we can’t swiftly negotiate a UK-EU trade deal next year

5 Dec

Predictably there are those already sneering at the Prime Minister’s ambition to complete a Free Trade Agreement with the European Union by the end of the implementation period and establish an independent trade policy for the United Kingdom. They cite the length of time it has taken for previous FTAs to be negotiated (especially with […]

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Out of the EU, the UK will go from strength to strength as we again determine our own destiny

2 Dec

Here in the United Kingdom we are lucky enough to have inherited a system of governance based on constitutional monarchy, parliamentary sovereignty and Common Law which have long been tested and tried in our history. On the whole they have percolated from the bottom up, brewed through time and experience –  as opposed to being […]

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The path to a Brexit which gives us back control is to give a robust negotiator a solid majority

1 Dec

Article 184 of the Withdrawal Agreement has been the subject of some debate on BrexitCentral between myself and Ben Habib MEP, whose latest thoughts on the subject (following a meeting with myself) appeared a few days ago here. For readers not familiar with it, Article 184 of the Withdrawal Agreement is an important provision and […]

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How might the EU react to the possible outcomes of the general election?

29 Nov

The upcoming general election may well turn out to be a de facto second referendum on Brexit. Here is an overview of the different scenarios that are possible and how the EU is likely to position itself in each case: The first scenario, which is taken by most as the base case, is for the […]

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Brexit was the right decision for Barrow and Furness – it now needs a Conservative majority to see it delivered

24 Nov

During the 2015 election campaign in Barrow and Furness, I was asked my views on the EU at a hustings in Ulverston. I described myself then as ‘mildly-eurosceptic’ and expressed hope that the then Prime Minister would be able to reform the EU from within. But David Cameron’s negotiation was a disappointment, especially after hopes […]

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A post-Brexit customs union with the EU would be the worst of all worlds

22 Nov

Of all the Brexit outcomes advocated by MPs, few have been more persistent – and persistently wrong – than the idea that we ought to remain in the/a customs union with the EU after we leave. Support for a customs union was official Labour Party policy for a while, but I am yet to hear […]

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Three hard questions (and an easy one) for Labour about their Brexit policy

20 Nov

In the current general election campaign, Brexit is a key issue. Labour’s Brexit policy appears to be as follows: Negotiate a new ‘sensible’ deal with the EU within three months of being elected; Hold a ‘final say’ (i.e. second) referendum within six months of being elected, with ‘Remain’ and the new deal on the ballot […]

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The compelling ‘take back control’ mantra must be harnessed to bring about long-term political change

17 Nov

‘But you’re BME?’ That’s what a Labour candidate said to me recently, after I told them that I was standing for the Brexit Party, as we waited to be interviewed for a political show. Although this has been raised with me in various ways on numerous occasions, it always leaves me surprised, albeit slightly amused. […]

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If Boris Johnson secures a majority, the transition period will not be extended beyond next year

15 Nov

Boris Johnson’s on-the-record announcement last weekend that he will negotiate a SuperCanada-style Free Trade Agreement (FTA) – and that there will be no extension to the transition period after the end of 2020 – should give reassurance to all Brexit supporters that he is on a path to deliver a Brexit which gives us back […]

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The Brexit Party is right to assist a Boris Johnson victory for the greater cause

14 Nov

The stakes in this election are incredibly high for all of us who have fought long and hard for Brexit. We have resurgent Liberal Democrats who think nothing of simply cancelling the result of the largest ever vote for any single issue ever held in this country. Didn’t happen, just ignore it and carry on […]

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