I’m no Boris Johnson supporter – but the country is crying out for leadership and he’s the best hope for Brexit

Let’s be clear. I’m no supporter of Boris Johnson. I dislike his Tory politics and social priorities and I think his economics are daft. But he is the best hope for Brexit. So let’s offer him some advice for when he becomes Prime Minister (if I can do so without being expelled from the Labour … Read moreI’m no Boris Johnson supporter – but the country is crying out for leadership and he’s the best hope for Brexit

Brexit: how both sides of the political divide have co-opted the ‘left behind’ North

There has been a tendency in British public discourse since the 2016 referendum on EU membership to identify the residents of Northern England as the principal “culprits” of the Brexit vote, writes Craig Berry (Manchester Metropolitan University). In truth, the North has been deliberately subjugated to the dominant economy of the south-east. Given that, in … Read moreBrexit: how both sides of the political divide have co-opted the ‘left behind’ North

It’s not alarmist to say we could face a €200bn EU bailout bill if we fail to execute a no-deal Brexit

Jeremy Warner published an article in the Daily Telegraph earlier in the month, taking issue with my Global Britain paper, Why the Eurozone’s fate makes an immediate Brexit vital. He asserted that “claims that Britain could face a €200bn EU bailout bill if it fails to execute a clean, no deal Brexit are alarmist and … Read moreIt’s not alarmist to say we could face a €200bn EU bailout bill if we fail to execute a no-deal Brexit

The Alternative Arrangements are now codified to replace the Irish backstop in any Brexit scenario

Today the Prosperity UK Alternative Arrangements Commission, which I co-chair with Nicky Morgan, has set out its road map to a Brexit deal, by finding a way to supersede the maligned Irish Backstop, while simultaneously ensuring there is no hard border in Ireland and the Belfast / Good Friday Agreement is upheld. Critically, our Final … Read moreThe Alternative Arrangements are now codified to replace the Irish backstop in any Brexit scenario

Trying to stop Johnson proroguing Parliament would take time – which we don’t have

Proroguing Parliament to force a no-deal Brexit would not in itself bring about a constitutional crisis, writes Joelle Grogan (Middlesex University). But if Johnson ignores the will of Parliament, or if parliamentarians fight back with an alternative Parliament, it would. John Major and Gina Miller have said they will seek a judicial review if Boris … Read moreTrying to stop Johnson proroguing Parliament would take time – which we don’t have

Government defeated by a majority of 41 in the Commons on move to prevent prorogation

The House of Commons has just voted by 315 votes to 274 (a majority of 41) for a Lords Amendment to the Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill, which could stop the next Prime Minister proroguing Parliament as a way to enable a no-deal Brexit. The amendment, passed in the House of Lords yesterday by 272 … Read moreGovernment defeated by a majority of 41 in the Commons on move to prevent prorogation

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