Category Archives: brexit

  1. The Exit Poll drops: What does it mean?

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    December 12, 2019 by Paul Goldsmith

    IF the exit poll is correct, the Conservatives have a stonking majority. Labour have their worst result since 1935. The …
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  2. Parliament didn’t block Brexit. Boris paused Brexit

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    December 5, 2019 by Paul Goldsmith

    Boris Johnson’s deal passed its second reading in Parliament. Yet the Conservative campaign is centred around Parliament blocking Brexit. Odd. …
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  3. Explaining Labour’s immigration confusion

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    November 29, 2019 by Paul Goldsmith

    In the absence of a sensible debate about immigration, the Tories having a policy that might control it is attracting …
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  4. Why the importance of this Conservative manifesto is that it is the only one likely to be delivered

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    November 27, 2019 by Paul Goldsmith

    I’ve read the manifestos so you don’t have to. As the only political party with a realistic chance of getting …
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  5. Why Corbyn’s neutral Brexit stance IS leadership. Particularly compared to David Cameron.

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    November 25, 2019 by Paul Goldsmith

    At last Jeremy Corbyn has explained his Brexit position in a way that makes sense. On the BBC’s Question Time …
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  6. Johnson vs Corbyn #ITVDebate post-game…unlikely to have changed anyone’s vote – apart from to other parties

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    November 20, 2019 by Paul Goldsmith

    This was more an election soundbite clash rather than a debate. The candidates didn’t listen properly to each other so …
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  7. In the end, there will be a price to free broadband

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    November 18, 2019 by Paul Goldsmith

    Labour’s commitment to providing free broadband by 2030 may seem attractive on the surface. After all, who is going to …
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  8. The Brexit Party don’t need this election to have already won

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    November 13, 2019 by Paul Goldsmith

    The election system in this country means Nigel Farage has little choice but to stand down candidates to get Brexit …
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  9. Why Labour’s Brexit Policy is so difficult to understand

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    November 6, 2019 by Paul Goldsmith

    The reason why people don’t understand Labour’s Brexit position is because…it’s difficult to understand. Jeremy Corbyn himself says it ‘really …
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  10. Why a #citizensassembly might be the best way out of this #Brexit crisis

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    June 2, 2019 by Paul Goldsmith

    A citizens assembly on Brexit could provide a way out of the current crisis by bringing people together to recommend …
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  11. The Boris prosecution: should there be a higher court than democracy?

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    May 30, 2019 by Paul Goldsmith

    Marcus Ball has persuaded a judge that Boris Johnson has a case to answer over Vote Leave’s claim that £350m …
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  12. Why Jeremy Corbyn may be the right Labour leader but at the wrong time

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    May 28, 2019 by Paul Goldsmith

    When Corbyn was elected in September 2015 nobody could have known how much Brexit would matter. Corbyn’s indifference to it …
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  13. Why it doesn’t matter that many Labour target seats voted Leave

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    May 27, 2019 by Paul Goldsmith

    The way the First-past-the-post electoral system works means that a Remain supporting mainstream party can win plenty of Leave seats …
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  14. How the Economics Profession got it wrong on Brexit

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    July 29, 2018 by Paul Goldsmith

    In today’s febrile political atmosphere, in which information that doesn’t fit a person’s bias is immediately discarded, it is refreshing …
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  15. Is it time for Theresa May to call the DUP’s bluff on Brexit?

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    December 5, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    In 1968, Labour Prime Minister Harold Wilson warned the trade unions that if they didn’t accept his relatively modest changes …
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  16. Why the £50bn ‘divorce bill’ offer is a good move

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    December 4, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    People in the UK just don’t understand what negotiation is. Let me help them. In a negotiation, both sides go …
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  17. How President de Gaulle’s second veto of Britain’s EC application fifty years ago led directly to the Leave vote in 2016

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    November 27, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    Angela Merkel’s domestic political problems could see French President Emmanuel Macron elevated to the de facto leader of the EU …
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  18. Why the deliberate obtuseness of Remain-supporting journalists demeans the Brexit debate

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    November 20, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    Whilst lying is worse, being deliberately obtuse to make a point demeans the Brexit debate. At no point did places …
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  19. These are NOT Brexit ‘negotiations’, because the EU can’t negotiate

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    November 17, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    In 2000, a document was released in which the Con O’Neill, the lead negotiator (from 1970-72) when Britain joined the …
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    November 13, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    I am going to explain how Clause 7 of the EU Withdrawal Bill this week takes away control from Parliament …
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  21. Why the UK has no financial obligations to the EU legally, but they do politically

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    November 6, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    In the end it comes down to money and uncertainty. The one big card the UK has to play is …
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  22. Does a ‘meaningful vote’ on the Brexit deal mean it can be amended and rejected?

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    October 30, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    The Government has announced that the EU Withdrawal Bill will have its next appearance in Parliament on the 14th of …
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  23. Why Ireland might have to leave the EU too

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    October 29, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    At some point the people of Ireland are going to have to choose between Britain and the EU. There are …
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  24. Enough of the ‘You Brexit, you fix it’ team. It is time to put our best people in charge of Brexit.

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    October 19, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    It has become apparent that the chances of no deal happening between the UK and the EU are fast approaching …
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  25. Why Labour will go into the 2022 promising to reverse Brexit

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    September 28, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell are sharing many things at the moment. For the purposes of this blog is their …
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  26. Theresa May’s Florence Speech – shared history, challenges and future

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    September 22, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    Theresa May’s appearance in the Church of Santa Maria Novello in Florence had much significance, not least because it is …
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  27. Like Thatcher in Bruges, the stakes are high for Theresa May’s Florence speech 

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    September 22, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    As Theresa May prepares to make a speech in Florence setting out the UK’s position and offer on Brexit, she …
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  28. A new political party doesn’t have to win seats in Parliament to be successful

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    September 18, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    During the August political news ‘silly-season’, James Chapman, former Chief of Staff to Brexit Secretary David Davis, started a one-man …
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  29. Explaining Tony Blair’s immigration proposals

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    September 14, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    The ad hominem attacks were quick in coming, but the political and economic arguments were much slower to arrive. Former …
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  30. EU Withdrawal Bill: Is Henry VIII coming back?

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    September 11, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    So today sees the big debate on the second reading of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill. This significant Act of …
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  31. What if the EU made laws we didn’t like?

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    September 7, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    It might surprise you that a speech by committed socialist Tony Benn was once identified by Conservative firebrand Norman Tebbit …
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  32. Explaining the Brexit negotiation impasse

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    September 4, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    You would be forgiven for thinking there is an impregnable impasse in the negotiations between Britain and the EU over …
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  33. If they want to ‘win’, Remainers will need to be patient

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    September 1, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    As you may know, there is a strong and well-supported movement to reverse the EU referendum result. In one sense …
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  34. Explaining Labour’s new Brexit policy 

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    August 29, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    At first it does look like a bit of a u-turn. After what has been reported to have been robust …
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  35. A view from Iowa on why people voted for Trump

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    August 17, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    The problem with refusing to listen to messages or engage in debates on issues that make us feel uncomfortable is …
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  36. #Wheresmy350mBoris – the lie that suggests Remainer desperation?

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    August 14, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    Regular Goldblog readers will know that I believe that, like with ad hominem attacks, when you have to lie it …
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  37. The real Brexit Debate: Fairness between Consumers and Producers

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    August 10, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    Since the Brexit vote, there has been a lot of talk about effect of immigration controls on our public services …
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  38. Free trade: Why who gets the losses and gains makes it hard to defend

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    August 3, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    During his inauguration speech, Donald Trump made the case for instituting protectionist measures against free trade by claiming that ‘protection …
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  39. Russell Bretherton, Brussels 1955 – right place, wrong man. When we lost control.

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    August 1, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    As we enter August, it is worth reflecting on what Russell Bretherton was doing 62 years ago. He was a …
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  40. Should we tie our own hands behind our back on free trade?

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    July 31, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    Pro-Brexit politicians and activists will constantly invoke the benefits of lifting our eyes to distant horizons, of heading out into …
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  41. Corbynism is impossible within the Single Market

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    July 27, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    In 1986, Jeremy Corbyn voted against the Act of Parliament that created the EU Single Market. He saw it as …
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  42. Are some Brexiter politicians ignorant or are they lying?

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    July 24, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    You know that feeling you get when you can’t work out if a set of politicians are ignorant are lying? …
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  43. Think a Free Trade Area in services is easy? Think again

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    July 19, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    I wrote an article for Politics.co.uk last week (click here to read this) in which I pointed out that we …
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  44. Should we leave Euratom?

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    July 17, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    The European Atomic Energy Community – commonly known as Euratom, was created in 1957. It established a single market for …
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  45. The Reason the ‘Repeal Bill’ is so difficult to implement is why many wanted to Leave

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    July 14, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    Like many things in politics these days, the response of the opposition parties to the publishing of the European Union …
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  46. So, what is this ‘EU Divorce Bill’, anyway?

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    July 13, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    I have to hope that Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson understands what the EU are actually asking for when it comes …
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  47. How a one-size-fits-all EU regulation caused one person to vote Leave

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    June 30, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    The other day I met a lady who used to work as a civil servant for the Department of Transport. …
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  48. Why the ‘£350m to the NHS’ controversy is not as clearcut as you think

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    June 28, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    ‘£350m to the NHS’ is one of the most controversial political slogans ever. Some say it was the ‘lie’ that …
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  49. Why there is no simple answer for the ‘3 million’?

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    June 25, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    The latest incident of Theresa May managing to snatch a worse defeat from an already pretty bad one has been …
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  50. History put a gun to David Cameron’s head – but he decided to pull the trigger

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    June 23, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    Published today – available from here if you want a signed book and to donate to the Latymer Upper Bursaries appeal, …
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