No more Monsieur Nice Guy: it’s time to play Barnier at his own dirty game

The EU is taking its gloves off for the bare knuckle last round. Up to now they’ve had no real need to play the hardman, though they have, nevertheless. Theresa has opted for the nice approach, and accepted their demands: the excessive payments, what they wanted on EU citizens and no customs border with Northern … Read moreNo more Monsieur Nice Guy: it’s time to play Barnier at his own dirty game

How MPs voted on the Lords Amendments to the EU Withdrawal Bill

Across Tuesday 12th June and Wednesday 13th June, MPs voted on the Lords Amendments to the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (see our briefing here for further details of what they were debating). Below is a run down of the results of the 20 divisions: ================ TUESDAY 12TH JUNE Amendment 110 Purpose: to give a parliamentary committee … Read moreHow MPs voted on the Lords Amendments to the EU Withdrawal Bill

People’s vote: what would a serious Brexit referendum look like?

A number of things were wrong with the 2016 referendum, including the  disenfranchisement of key stakeholders and the extent of misinformation by both sides. Given that referendums should be informed exercises in democratic decision-making, Bruce Ackerman (Yale) and Sir Julian Le Grand (LSE) explain how a referendum on the deal should look like. We are moving to … Read morePeople’s vote: what would a serious Brexit referendum look like?

No longer bound by anti-innovation EU regulation, the UK can lead the world in Life Sciences and the Bio-Economy

Having spent fifteen years before coming to Parliament starting companies at the cutting-edge of biomedical innovation, and having served as the first ever Minister for Life Sciences at the Departments of Health and Business, I have seen first-hand the global potential of UK innovation and enterprise. I voted Remain at the EU referendum because, on … Read moreNo longer bound by anti-innovation EU regulation, the UK can lead the world in Life Sciences and the Bio-Economy

Jack Simson Caird: Parliament’s Right to a ‘Meaningful Vote’: Amendments to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill

On Tuesday 12 June 2018, the Government will ask the House of Commons to reject the Lords’ meaningful vote amendment to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill (Lords Amendment 19). If the amendment is rejected, the Government will ask the Commons to accept its own alternative version, known as an ‘amendment in lieu’. If either amendment is … Read moreJack Simson Caird: Parliament’s Right to a ‘Meaningful Vote’: Amendments to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill

Don’t be taken in by the Brexit models being peddled by those backing the Lords’ amendments

I had a teacher at school who played rugby for England. Once. He dropped the ball on the line and a certain try was lost. It was a national humiliation. Now I fear we are about to do exactly the same this week regarding our future relationship with the EU and the votes to overturn … Read moreDon’t be taken in by the Brexit models being peddled by those backing the Lords’ amendments

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