The Spectre of Brexit

By Graham Stringer MP

The spectre of Brexit hung over both the Labour and Conservative conferences this autumn. Unfortunately that was all it did just hang there like a whiff of an irritating bad smell that nobody can be bothered dealing with. But Brexit is more than just an annoying trifle it is, as we are regularly told, the most important political event in all our lifetimes. This being so, the Labour and Conservative front benches should have welcomed advice from open debate at their conferences as neither party has a Brexit policy fit for purpose.

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Cliff Hanger – Britain now stands between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

By David Price

The United Kingdom is stumbling towards a no deal with the European Union, and its like lemmings falling off a cliff, we are told. Theres now a realistic prospect that Britain is just about to do catastrophic damage to herself, in some tragic act of self-harm. Our beloved country is set to ride its Union Jack-painted scooter off the political equivalent of Beachy Head, crashing down to the rocks below, so they say

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Labour's new Brexit policy is an unsatisfactory half-way house

Labour has now committed itself to supporting essentially the Norwegian model – at least for quite a long temporary basis – for the UK’s relationship for the UK strategy post March 2019. If achievable, there is one tangible advantage to this strategy. It would provide the UK with continuing “free movement” access to the Single Market. Because we are already EEA members in our own right, we would not have to run the risk of not being accepted into the club, thus providing some certainty which might otherwise be lacking. There are also, however, major disadvantages which, in the end, might make Labour rue endorsing this approach as being a smart tactical but poor strategic choice.

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Labour's latest Brexit fudge

As the general public learnt with David Cameron, when politicians go to great lengths to tell you how "clear" and "straight" they are about to be, a mountain of confusion, distraction, waffle and obfuscation inevitably follows. Keir Starmer upholds that unfortunate tradition.

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What did Clement Attlee think of the EU project?

All the points and criticisms he makes apply tenfold to the EU as it now is. At the time he was speaking this was simply the Common Market, before Maastricht, before Lisbon, before Greece, before bailing out French and German banks with EU taxpayers money.

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THE NEGOTIATIONS WILL FAIL

Calling the result of the UK-EU negotiations

I do not normally pose as a futurologist but, on 26 March 2016, you may have read the Futurus article ‘Projection of the EU Referendum Vote’ with the summary, “for these reasons, I am calling the result of the referendum now – a win for Leave – by about ten points.” (embedded in an article ‘Nostradamus Lives’ published in July 2016 with a commentary on its accuracy)

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Labour stands to gain from backing Brexit in full

At some point Labour need to make a choice, and it makes sense to back Brexit.

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Brexit means leaving the single market and the customs union. Here’s why

By Barry Gardiner

The 52% who voted to leave the EU would consider it a con if Britain was out of Europe but still subservient to its laws and institutions

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Ignore the Headless Chickens of the Apocalypse – Let’s Get Brexit Right for Britain

By David Price

The phoney war continues apace; this week we have seen the bizarre spectacle of grown men and women – who happily chew their way through ‘gallon’ buckets of Kentucky Fried Chicken – recoil in horror at the prospect of Brits “having to eat” chlorine-washed US-sourced chicken at home. It’s almost as if Department of International Trade boss Liam Fox is coming round to your house to personally force-feed it to you, like Monty Python’s Mr Creosote in The Meaning of Life…

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The EU Has Poisoned British Politics for Too Long

British involvement in the European Union has now poisoned politics in this country for almost half a century, and looks set to do so for many years to come. As I write, it is being reported that David Davis has claimed that Boris Johnson is a "failure" and "toxic to his own sister." Friends of Davis are saying that Philip May wants his wife to resign as Prime Minister, and allies of both Boris and Davis have threatened to kick each other in the balls on more than one occasion. Meanwhile, Philip Hammond is going round saying that he cannot remember claiming that public sector workers were overpaid, but an awful lot of his colleagues can.

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Labour's Brexit Policy Options - John Mills

1. How should Labour move on from the General Election?

Labour did much better in the general election than most people expected, thus both depriving the Conservatives of their majority, and enormously strengthening Labour’s role in the forthcoming Brexit negotiations. Indeed, the current small and potentially unstable government majority means that there may be a general election in the reasonably near future which Labour could win, putting a Labour government in charge of the Brexit negotiations. 

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Don’t believe the myths about human rights and Brexit!

The Unite union has published a leaflet called “What has Europe ever done for us?” which claimed that the EU “gives us the laws and legislation that stop you being exploited by your boss and protect you on a daily basis” – in other words, almost all our rights come from the EU.

 

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'We must avoid it at all costs!' Brexiteer blasts Remainer who wants second Brexit vote

[VIDEO] BREXITEER John Mills skewered a Remainer who says Britons should get an opportunity to vote again on Brexit if talks “go badly”.

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The Alice in Wonderland world of the London media bubble

By David Price

On the face of it, the 8th of June, 2017 was a resounding victory for the 17.4 million of us who voted to leave the European Union, a year ago. A staggering 83% of British voters got behind parties that clearly stated we would leave the EU and its single market, in their manifestos. Let that sink in. This time two years ago, only UKIP wanted this, and it of course had no serious chance of forming the next government. Back in June 2015, both the Labour Party and the Tories said they thought Britain should be inside the EU, and by extension, a member of its single market.

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Labour and the Conservatives must stick to their manifesto commitments of leaving the Single Market

The result of the recent general election was disastrous for the Conservatives, but it has also been bad for Brexit. Before the election, it was fairly clear what the government was aiming to achieve. It was for the UK to exit the Single Market, the European Economic Area (EEA) and the Customs Union and to negotiate a free trade deal between the UK and the EU27. This was potentially the best outcome for everyone – the UK and, the EU27. It would have given business broadly speaking the same access to the Single Market as it has now. Most people in the UK would have been reasonably satisfied and the deep divisions in the UK over our relations with the EU would have been substantially ended.

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Don't Be Awkward, Be Proactive

Don't Be Awkward, Be Proactive

What Labour Leavers can do

So, the General Election was sprung upon us a week ago. It seems a gamble by Theresa May, albeit one with the odds well in her favour. Nevertheless one feels if she were a Brexiteer at heart, she would not have risked the process by allowing even the possibility for her majority to shrink. Every seat counts here, and the Lib Dems could well win some.

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Labour clearly haven't accepted the referendum result

Yesterday was a car crash of conflicting policy. But the end result is that Labour doesn't seem to accept the referendum result. This will cost votes.

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What a Brexit week...

By Ed Pond

So Article 50 was at last activated last Wednesday. It's a welcome waypoint in the process of leaving, but now the real hard slog starts. Expect months of hour-by-hour speculation, leaks, briefings against briefings, obfuscation, point-scoring, naff news graphics and all the rest. While scrutiny is healthy and can be constructive, we must not forget what some arch-remainers are trying to achieve from such 'House of Cards' tactics.

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Spain accused of causing Gibraltar traffic jams amid Brexit tensions

The Deputy Frist Minister of Gibraltar claims that Spanish Police on the border are causing problems for motorists seeking to enter the Rock amid increasing political tensions over the future of the British territory.

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Brexit: Chief EU negotiator brands Theresa May's withdrawal strategy 'risky'

The EU’s Negotiator Michel Barnier has said that the Prime Minister is being “risky” in seeking to hold our withdrawal negotiations and trade negotiations at the same time. Mr Barnier has set his priority of completing the withdrawal negotiations above securing a trading relationship.

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