What would it take for Scotland to rejoin the EU as an independent state?

3 Feb

If Scotland voted for independence, it would probably apply to rejoin the EU. Despite its unique history, it would have to follow the normal path to EU accession, says Anthony Salamone. Scots are not keen on the euro and fisheries would be a flashpoint. While the Scottish government would be well-advised not to seek stall … Continued

A missed opportunity? Revisiting the euro referendum that never was from a historical perspective

3 Dec

In 1997 all the main parties promised a referendum on whether Britain should join the euro, but eventually Labour ruled out membership. Anti-euro campaigners went on to hone their arguments in the 2016 referendum. Stuart Smedley (King’s College London) suggests that this may have been a missed opportunity for the government to tackle Eurosceptic narratives. … Continued

The absurdity of Labour’s enthusiasm for the European project

28 Oct

I’ve never been able to understand my party’s ignorance of economics and production. We’re good at fostering consumption and excellent at the NHS, education, social services and welfare, but appalling at understanding the basic economics of building and sustaining an industrial base on which everything rests. Instead of growing the economy by state backing and […]

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It’s worth reiterating that the reasons we had for leaving the EU in 2016 are just as valid today

16 Oct

In times of anxious stress, it is too easy to become engrossed in process rather than substance. Today, it is timely for Britain’s voters to restore their focus, and remind themselves why they voted by a clear majority to Leave the European Union. It was only after a momentous struggle, in the 1960s and 1970s, […]

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We should be suspicious of an anti-democratic EU now creating its own fighting force

14 Oct

A strange feeling overcame me last week in Brussels. I felt, for the first time, repulsed by all for which the EU stands. Until now I had, admittedly unthinkingly, laboured under the illusion that, whatever its failings as an institution, the EU is part of the fabric of liberal western democracies. I had always known […]

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How did the party of Asquith degenerate into a sanctimonious anti-democratic rabble?

4 Oct

I‘m so old I can remember the Liberal Party, a party of the masses not the classes, of social reform and a brave northern non-conformist tradition of independence. All that still lingered in my early political life as I went on my meat round wearing a yellow rosette in the 1950 election. What’s happened since […]

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The Superstate into which the EU is evolving makes our departure all the more urgent

28 Sep

Back in April, after we didn’t leave the EU on March 29th, my view was that whatever got concocted by the various interested political and civil service/EU parties in the ensuing days and months would be regarded as stale and unsatisfactory by many across the UK. Now I think that the majority of people want […]

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As we consider our future economic relationship with the EU, beware the stagnant eurozone

26 Sep

Procedure, rather than policy, is dominating political discussion at the moment. At their conference this week, the Labour Party demonstrated more interest in internal divisions (rather than creating an electoral platform), the right of the Government to prorogue Parliament has been brought up for review by the Supreme Court and the Prime Minister has been […]

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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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ECB Turns on QE Taps at an Open Ended €20 Billion Every Month

12 Sep

The Euro has fallen sharply against the pound as a result of a sweeping host of measures from the European Central Bank aimed at stimulating the ailing Eurozone economy. The bank today announced a 10 bps rate cut, aggressive forward guidance, and open ended quantitative easing at €20 billion every month. With panicky measures like […]

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