In an election focused on the question of democracy, the anti-democratic Lib Dems must be exposed

18 Nov

In the early hours of 24th June 2016 I sent a message to David Cameron, urging him to stay on as Prime Minister. Shortly after that he stepped out into Downing Street and announced that he was standing down. He made the right call. Ever since that moment, we have seen a massive rear-guard action […]

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Is the support of Brexit-backing voters in ex-industrial towns key to the Tories winning the election?

15 Nov

The Brexit Party’s announcement that it will not stand in the 317 seats the Conservatives won at the 2017 General Election is a notable development – but not quite the game-changer some make it out to be. The risk remains of a “pro-Leave split” allowing Labour to cling on to Brexit-leaning seats such as Halifax […]

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For cosmopolitan liberals, collective cultural loyalties override the economic advantages of Brexit

1 Nov

The continuous delaying of Brexit – by an alliance of Remainers comprising MPs from across the party spectrum, CBI economists, leftist commentators and foreign interventionists – may well be justifiably considered as the most despicable scandal of the post-War era; but it should definitely not surprise. Ever since David Cameron announced the ‘once in a […]

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Brexit is no right-wing coup, but the means of escaping the EU’s neo-liberal economics that are harming our planet

26 Oct

The mainstream media, New Labour, the Yellow Tories and the Establishment would have you believe that Brexit is somehow a right-wing coup. These siren voices of the Establishment want you to forget that we had a “once in a lifetime” (former Prime Minister David Cameron) referendum that produced a clear result. The biggest single vote […]

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Long read: the makings of Brexit and the road ahead

23 Oct

On the cusp of the UK’s exit from the EU, Philip Rycroft (Bennett Institute, University of Cambridge) reflects on his seven years at the centre of the UK government to ask how we reached this point in the country’s history. In a lecture delivered on 3 October 2019 in Cambridge, he examines the underlying causes of Brexit and the political […]

The eight mistakes I saw the UK make in the Brexit negotiations

16 Oct

Hindsight is a wonderful thing, sometimes used to unfairly criticise the past, but it also allows us to learn from our mistakes. During my 14 years as a MEP, I saw a number of mistakes which led us to where we are now in the negotiations. I list the main ones here, not necessarily to […]

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Why I – a Brexit Party MEP – trust Boris Johnson to do a deal and deliver Brexit by the end of this month

15 Oct

Shortly after the 2015 General Election, I received a note from Boris Johnson which read: “I don’t know what effect all that fish has had on your brain, but you seem to be the only person who correctly forecast the outcome.” My prediction had been published in my local newspaper and had included not only […]

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Masquerading as democrats, our Parliament is sadly now behaving like the European Commission

10 Oct

At the heart of Brexit is democracy and what it means. Democracy is ‘a government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation usually involving periodically held free elections’. When David Cameron called the EU referendum he vested supreme power in […]

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Four more Brexit myths propagated by Remainers that need to be busted

9 Oct

Following my recent piece busting the Remainer myth that “Brexit has caused a national crisis”, here are four further disingenuous fabrications that you can expect to be promulgated widely in the media in the coming days. 1. Another referendum is the democratic response to the crisis Note that this ‘solution’ comes as a result of […]

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The legal way to exit the EU by 31st October is through a transition in the EEA

8 Oct

It is just possible as of today that by 17th/18th October at the European Council meeting, using perhaps even its well-tried mechanism of stopping the clock, an agreement on a EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement under Article 50 can be achieved and the UK leaves the EU on 31st October with Conservative, DUP, some Labour and Independent […]

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The coming election will see the establishment pitted against the people – and the people will win

30 Sep

On 9th April 2019 I encountered a political first, which after 40 years of active campaigning is increasingly rare. That evening, while canvassing for support in Eccles, a small working-class village in the otherwise prosperous and leafy council ward I represent in Kent, I encountered loathing and hatred. At door after door (I think eleven […]

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The pro-Remain establishment’s efforts to block Brexit have reached new heights this month

24 Sep

The last time I was invited on the TV to discuss Brexit matters was on the day Boris Johnson became Prime Minister. It was one of those itchy-chin discussion panels evenly balanced between pro- and anti-EU pundits. One of the other guests opined that the installation of Boris in Downing Street probably marked the “death […]

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Jeremy Corbyn’s ruse of Brexit neutrality is not how Harold Wilson played the 1975 referendum

22 Sep

As he navigates the Labour Conference this week, Jeremy Corbyn – who was elected party leader on the basis of never having taken a centrist position on anything – finds himself taking a centrist position on Brexit, on which there is no centrist position. Faced with losing voters in its Leave-voting industrial heartlands to the […]

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Too many of our Remainer politicians are living in a horror-filled fantasy land of fear and economic ignorance

19 Sep

The great majority of the British people are getting on with their lives wondering why the politicians haven’t yet left the EU. Our political class has moved into fantasy world. Terror, fear and unimaginable horror stalk the land in fairytales invented as the last desperate attempt to keep Britain in the EU. It’s a realm […]

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Establishment Remainers are doing their best to block Brexit, but any further delay would be totally unacceptable

17 Sep

Every day I watch, listen and read with disbelief the propaganda that is spouted by a Remain-orientated Establishment. The Biased Broadcasting Company is one of the worst offenders. Having worked with the BBC for nine years as a journalist, I find it its treatment of Brexit truly shocking. The trashing of our democracy, by those […]

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The hypocritical Lib Dems want to ignore the result of the Brexit referendum they demanded a decade ago

16 Sep

The Liberal Democrats have devoted a great deal of time at their party conference to attacking my predecessor as Witney MP, David Cameron, over his decision to call the EU referendum. These attacks are an attempt to sanitise their own role in campaigning for – and to airbrush their contribution to securing – that very […]

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