Category Archives: United Kingdom

British ideas of Europe. PART 2. The UK as a champion of the Europe of states

Popular UK  views on Europe locate in the upper left quadrant, sketched in the introduction in Part 1 of this series on British ideas on Europe. The “Remainers”, and their predecessors never managed to win over the British electorate to … Continue reading

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British ideas of Europe. PART I. More supranational than the Pope.

British ideas about Europe may be seen as stretching out along two axes: one from west to east represents the spectrum of views ranging from a diverse Europe of states and peoples,  to a supranational Europe, a United States of … Continue reading

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The May-Barnier Withdrawal Agreement: not the end of this story

What follows is a précis of the May government’s proposed draft deal. It is based on published documents. HMG: Explainer for the agreement on the withdrawal ofthe United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union 14 … Continue reading

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Peter Hitchens: An Old Testament Prophet. Part II.

The Abolition of Liberty. The Abolition of Liberty was published in 2003. Hitchens starts off with two quotes, one from Edmund Burke, the Whig statesmen of the eighteenth century: “Society cannot exist unless a controlling power upon will and appetite … Continue reading

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Peter Hitchens: An Old Testament Prophet. Part I.

Peter Hitchens, the conservative author and broadcaster, was born in 1951 in Malta, where his father, Eric Hitchens was stationed as a career naval officer attached to the then Mediterranean Fleet of the Royal Navy. Commander Hitchens served during the … Continue reading

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Europe’s revolution: the unintended consequences of good intentions

Europe’s revolution is special in the sense that the old regime is determined to overthrow itself without the consent of its peoples. This is the source of what European élites call the populist revolt. In the French, Russian or Chinese … Continue reading

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Chequers is dead: long live an alternative Europe

Prime Minister May was a remainer, and has remained a remainer. She has ensured that Whitehall leads the negotiation with Brussels. Since Whitehall is part of the Brussels establishment, it is the establishment negotiating with itself about how best to … Continue reading

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