Chequers doesn’t address basic concerns about democratic control and accountability

The 2016 Referendum was a historic chance to decide whether Britain was going to remain part of a supranational European project in which she has never been comfortable, or whether she is to be a self-governing, independent nation with clear democratic accountability over the laws that govern her. And the result, whilst not by a … Read moreChequers doesn’t address basic concerns about democratic control and accountability

Will the Brexit cloud have a silver lining for conservationists?

Were we starting from a place where nature was fully protected and thriving, dismantling the structures and support provided by the EU would be a more worrying prospect, writes Mike Townsend (Woodland Trust). But while the EU provides many environmental benefits the state of the natural environment remains woeful. We must seize this opportunity to … Read moreWill the Brexit cloud have a silver lining for conservationists?

Here’s what Theresa May needs to do to win over sceptical Brexiteers

Dominic Raab has come out with a bold and unequivocal statement that EU intransigence (or an over-playing of its hand) may force the UK into adopting some sort of no-deal exit from the EU. He also has reiterated that no deal is not to be feared. This is to be welcomed. The current impasse around … Read moreHere’s what Theresa May needs to do to win over sceptical Brexiteers

Theresa May now needs to tell the truth about Chequers

As we begin the Conservative Party Conference, I want to set out both to Conservative Party members and the public my profound objections to the Chequers proposals. This is based on engagement and discussion I’ve had over the last few months with the Prime Minister, Olly Robbins, her adviser in Number 10, Dominic Raab, the … Read moreTheresa May now needs to tell the truth about Chequers

Long read: let’s ditch the stereotypes about Britons who live in the EU

Our images of Britons living in the rest of the EU are dominated by twin stereotypes: the sun-seeking, patriotic pensioner in Spain and the upper-middle-class English couple renovating a Dordogne property. Karen O’Reilly and Michaela Benson (Goldsmiths University of London) make a plea for the true complexity and diversity of the British diaspora to be recognised, … Read moreLong read: let’s ditch the stereotypes about Britons who live in the EU

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