Brexit has shown the limits of Britain’s broken ‘Westminster model’ of politics

The results of the recent European Parliament elections demonstrate how the traditional model of UK politics based on two ‘main’ parties is fracturing under the pressures of the Brexit process. Jess Garland sets out some proposals for reforming the system in line with voters’ wishes for a more cooperative style of politics. The Palace of Westminster dates … Read moreBrexit has shown the limits of Britain’s broken ‘Westminster model’ of politics

Close alignment with the EU is likely to become less attractive (not more) – and other misunderstood Brexit matters

One of the most provocative refrains in the extended Brexit row is “people didn’t know what they were voting for”. I run a political intelligence agency that is briefed by officials on both sides of the Channel and, while our clients know what’s what, I fear it’s too often it’s the politicians who are in … Read moreClose alignment with the EU is likely to become less attractive (not more) – and other misunderstood Brexit matters

How the Leave vote literally drowned those of us working inside Tory HQ during the referendum

It was Thursday 23rd June 2016 and the following email arrived in the inbox of all CCHQ staff: From: Conservative Campaign Headquarters To: All Staff Subject: Access to Lower Ground Floor~There is no access to the lower ground floor at Matthew Parker Street due to flooding. You couldn’t make it up. The headquarters of the … Read moreHow the Leave vote literally drowned those of us working inside Tory HQ during the referendum

The Brexit Party must focus on Brexit and be careful not to alienate its many left-wing supporters

As Brendan Chilton of Labour Leave wrote so eloquently last week, leaving the European Union is not a “hard-right Tory project”. It is just a decision made in a democratic and free referendum in which a majority of people, 17.4 million, voted to leave the EU. This is not an expression of hard-right politics, however … Read moreThe Brexit Party must focus on Brexit and be careful not to alienate its many left-wing supporters

If the traditional parties don’t change their ways, they should expect to be eclipsed by the Brexit Party

Why are we so popular? Maybe this is not a question you would expect from a newly-elected Member of the European Parliament. I stood for The Brexit Party in North West England and was one of three Brexit Party candidates who was elected there in May 2019. The Brexit Party received almost one third of … Read moreIf the traditional parties don’t change their ways, they should expect to be eclipsed by the Brexit Party

No deal is not in Johnson’s interest. The threat of a second referendum might be

For Boris Johnson, writes Dmitri Zenghelis (LSE), survival trumps principle every time. That means he has nothing to gain from a no-deal outcome. If he becomes PM, he may even make it clear that the price of another defeat for May’s deal in Parliament would be a second referendum – something Brexiteers will not want … Read moreNo deal is not in Johnson’s interest. The threat of a second referendum might be

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