Tag Archives: the EU

Remainers as champions of UK parliamentary sovereignty: how delicious.

Remainers are sharpening their knives in the British press. Martin Wolf, the doyen of economic commentary in the FT, has an article entitled “The markets have taught Theresa May a hard lesson on sovereignty: the British government will learn about … Continue reading

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Part IV: A Critical Assessment of John Gillingham’s Obituary for Europe.

Gillingham’s case for the prosecution is damning. But what is the case for defence? Definitely, defence in the present climate is no easy task. Assessments of the EU record that business as usual points to a downward track of growth … Continue reading

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John R. Gillingham, The EU: an Obituary, London, Verso, 2016. Review and commentary.Part III: Lost in the Future.

 Part Three of Gillingham’s book, The EU: An Obituary does not make for comforting reading. For readers prepared to soldier on, the author is not saying that the EU is dead, only that if it carries on blandly in the … Continue reading

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The FT James Blitz on “David Cameron pays the price of tactical failure”, and my response.

Here is David Blitz article on David Cameron. I post the article, and then my comment on it. I add Edward Harkins FT comment on this article with regard to Scotland. Blitz rightly points out that the PM’s biggest challenge was … Continue reading

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A letter to our German friends

There is a thesis that Brexit is a move back to the past, with the UK dreaming that it is still the great power it was. According to this theme, we joined the EEC back in 1972, to break the … Continue reading

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Immigration, neo-liberalism, and Brexit

Here are two very interesting articles on the results of New Labour’s successful effort to transform the UK into a multicultural society.  The result has been that the pro-EU Labour party, despite Corbyn’s reluctant and conditional support of Remain, have lost … Continue reading

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The EU tradition is to make a crisis an opportunity: the UK referendum result is that opportunity

After the result, the stock taking. Forget, for a moment, talk of revenge, expressions of disappointment,  forecasts of doom or for that matter of UK independence. No one in the UK would win any election or referendum by going to … Continue reading

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The UK should lead rather than leave, says the FT’s Phil Stephens

  The FT is an enthusiastic supporter of Bremain, and especially so Philip Stephens, the author of an article entitled ” Britain: a time to lead rather than leave the EU”. Given its readership, this makes it a significant article. I … Continue reading

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Brexit and the US connection

The US-UK special relationship since the European Communities Act of 1972 has been predicated on the UK as de facto champion of a supranational EEC/EU. This may seem counter-intuitive in view of the UK’s reputation as an “awkward” partner in … Continue reading

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Major speeches on Bremain and Brexit

The campaign on the referendum for the UK to Remain or to Leave the EU is heating up. There is a lot of noise, and a good deal of mud slinging.  There are suggestions from the Remain camp that were … Continue reading

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