The “EFTA option” would fail to deliver Brexit and make us a permanent rule-taker from Brussels

The suggestion that the UK could join the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) or European Economic Area (EEA) for a transition period, or perhaps for good, is once again doing the rounds in Westminster. This proposal is not only ill-informed, it is in effect a new guise for not leaving the EU at all. It also … Read moreThe “EFTA option” would fail to deliver Brexit and make us a permanent rule-taker from Brussels

Full text of Dominic Raab’s speech on no-deal planning

Below is the text of the speech delivered today by Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab on planning for a no-deal Brexit Today, I want to set out the steps we in government and you in business, the public sector and voluntary sector should take, in order that we can make sure the United Kingdom goes from strength … Read moreFull text of Dominic Raab’s speech on no-deal planning

UK-EU security cooperation post Brexit (Part II) – ringing the alarm bell!

In a previous blog “UK-EU Security cooperation after Brexit: approaching the cliff edge”, Dr Debbie Sayers examined the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee report UK-EU security cooperation after Brexit and highlighted MPs concerns as to the Government’s apparent lack of investment and interest in contingency planning. In this blog, she takes a closer look at … Read moreUK-EU security cooperation post Brexit (Part II) – ringing the alarm bell!

Theresa May’s Chequers plan will prove fatal to British fishing

Since the United Kingdom joined the EEC in 1973, the effect on the British fishing industry and once vibrant rural coastal communities has been utterly shocking. 45 years ago, more than 20,000 British fishermen were landing a million tons of fish annually in UK ports. Today, landings have more than halved to around 400,000 tons … Read moreTheresa May’s Chequers plan will prove fatal to British fishing

Lies, damned lies and Eurofacts

With economics incomprehensible even to economists, it’s no surprise that politicians use homely analogies to persuade electorates to accept the unacceptable. Mrs. Thatcher did when she explained national finances as those of a household. That’s not true because for a household, debt is a burden, while for nations, it’s a stimulus through the multiplier effect. … Read moreLies, damned lies and Eurofacts

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