(Mis)Rule Britannia: Brexit is the last gasp of empire

Brexit represents the last gasp of the British empire, argue Sally Tomlinson (Goldsmiths, University of London) and Danny Dorling (University of Oxford). The men who have led it cannot accept that the colonial era, and the exploited wealth that came with it, is over. All imperial countries and their leaders have problems when their empires … Read more(Mis)Rule Britannia: Brexit is the last gasp of empire

The BBC’s pro-EU partisanship has reached crisis proportions but Ofcom have dismissed my complaints

The BBC’s blatant pro-EU partisanship in the Brexit domain is in clear breach of its Charter, and has reached crisis proportions. Could its influence be a factor in sabotaging the prospect of implementation of the 2016 Leave vote? As the crucial point of departure looms, the Corporation airwaves are dominated by an unrelenting negative focus … Read moreThe BBC’s pro-EU partisanship has reached crisis proportions but Ofcom have dismissed my complaints

Michael-James Clifton: The UK’s Creative Ambiguity towards the EEA: Immediate and Future Relationship Problems

Introduction The importance and role of the European Economic Area (EEA) Agreement has often been overlooked. Yet, as the UK exits the European Union, the question of the UK’s desired relationship with not only the EU27 but also the EEA30 has never been more live. This blog post contends that the UK has not given … Read moreMichael-James Clifton: The UK’s Creative Ambiguity towards the EEA: Immediate and Future Relationship Problems

The Political Declaration is not a vague wish list, but an attempt to bind the UK to EU policies

The Political Declaration accompanying the draft Withdrawal Agreement has been largely overlooked in the furore over the backstop and the resounding defeat at the meaningful vote on 16th January 2019. However, the letter written to the Prime Minister by Jean-Claude Juncker and Donald Tusk on 15th January confirms that: a) “There is an important link … Read moreThe Political Declaration is not a vague wish list, but an attempt to bind the UK to EU policies

Honda could not be clearer – the closure of its Swindon plant is unrelated to Brexit

Even before Honda had a chance to say a single word, many pundits and politicians rushed to blame Brexit for the car company’s decision to close its Swindon factory. But when it finally came, the official statement failed to make any mention of the UK’s departure from the EU. Score one more for the genuine industry specialists … Read moreHonda could not be clearer – the closure of its Swindon plant is unrelated to Brexit

Britain can once again be the master of its own trading destiny

Wherever one stands on the question of Brexit, it undoubtedly presents opportunities, denied to Britain for almost half a century, to embrace its historic role as a global trading power. Britain can once again be the master of its own trading destiny, argues George Brandis QC (Australian High Commissioner). A short distance from Australia House on the … Read moreBritain can once again be the master of its own trading destiny

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