Campaigns Updates

  • UK Finds Solution to Refugees Crossing Channel And Then Blows It

    August 11, 2020

    The drivel from Boris Johnson and Priti Patel about sending in giant warships to monster tiny dinghies with a few refugees sitting wet and miserable in them would be funny, were it not yet more evidence of the Brexit government’s pathological need to scapegoat foreigners who end up in Britain.

  • Brits face loss of freedom to travel

    August 11, 2020

    Much publicity has been given to the post-Brexit rights of UK citizens who are legally resident in EU countries. Comparatively little attention has been paid to the plight of those who make frequent trips to EU countries whether for business or pleasure, including the estimated 500,000 Britons with second homes in the EU. Many UK citizens, such as retirees, currently are able to spend many months at their second home while maintaining a residence in the UK. This is about to change.

  • Blaming Johnny Foreigner

    August 04, 2020

    The government are doing “everything we can” to “stop a second wave of coronavirus that has started to roll across Europe”, according to Health Secretary Matt Hancock.

    He was paraded across the morning broadcast media with a line that should have carried a US-style tag “I am Dominic Cummings and I approve of this message”. It’s clear that the Brexit gang in No 10 are out to blame Johnny Foreigner for a new spike in Covid-19 cases and deaths in the UK.

  • Obituary to John Hume

    August 03, 2020

    I once found myself in the same Strasbourg restaurant as Ian Paisley. When Paisley left it seemed half the customers around the room got up to leave with him. They were of course his bodyguards.  No such entourage ever followed John Hume, who despite the many threats he received, refused personal protection.

  • A posh bloke’s government: No wonder they cocked up Covid crisis

    July 31, 2020

    Big companies are more successful when they have a large group of women at the top. That’s the conclusion of an analysis by Pipeline, a company which advises firms on how to make themselves more diverse.

  • Game, Set, Match for Putin in Russia Report

    July 21, 2020

    Vladimir Putin and Boris Johnson cannot believe their luck. In 2016, Putin scored his two biggest foreign policy wins since becoming Russian president in 1996. Now a major report in Britain lets Putin off the hook, just as Trump has buried reports by government investigators in Washington on his links with the Kremlin.

  • The emerging post-Brexit strategy for universities may cause reckless damage to the sector

    July 13, 2020

    UK universities are already reeling from Brexit uncertainty and the fallout from COVID-19. We now learn of new measures, which would impose international student rates on EU students and make them ineligible for student loans, further exacerbating the crisis. 

    Anne Corbett and Claire Gordon (LSE) give their critical view of an emerging post-Brexit strategy for universities and warn of its potential negative consequences. 

  • Europe and Labour: Where Next?

    July 13, 2020

    For decades everyone assumed that Europe would break the Conservative party. Instead it came close to breaking Labour.

  • US-UK Trade Deal waits for Biden and a No Deal Brexit

    July 13, 2020

    While publicly the US-UK trade talks are progressing at pace, with both sides committing to wrap up a deal before US elections (3 November), in reality this will prove impossible.

  • Us Remainers should get our priorities right

    July 06, 2020

    Over twenty years ago, William Hague, on becoming the first openly Eurosceptic Tory leader, argued that the UK should be in Europe, but not be ruled by it. What Hague meant by ‘in Europe’ was, as far as I recall, never defined, but in the context of the UK formally leaving the EU, the only cause left for Remainers’ is to ensure that the UK remains ‘in Europe’.