Tag Archives: Eu referendum

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. #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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. What kind of a Brexit compromise is possible now?

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    June 14, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    There were two ways we might have got a soft-Brexit. The first was a massive majority for the Tories, which …
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  22. Brexit – can we put together a cross-party negotiating team?

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    June 13, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    Theresa May went to the country to ask for a mandate for her vision of Brexit. Despite the referendum ballot …
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  23. How the Lib Dems plan to make EU think again

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    May 18, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    Assessing this Liberal Democrat manifesto is an odd business. They aren’t even suggesting that it is a manifesto for Government, …
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  24. Why Parliament must have a say on Article 50 and Brexit

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    November 5, 2016 by Paul Goldsmith

    It is no surprise that even though Steven Phillips voted for Brexit, he has resigned as an MP as a …
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  25. The vote to leave was NOT a vote for a points-based immigration system

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    September 6, 2016 by Paul Goldsmith

    So the first Brexit battle-line is drawn. Theresa May has ‘ruled-out’ an Australian style points system for immigration as a …
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  26. Why #Brexit was always coming

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    June 25, 2016 by Paul Goldsmith

    In May 1945 Winston Churchill stood on the balcony of Buckingham Palace receiving bigger cheers for his part in winning …
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  27. 5 thoughts on one of the most momentous days in political history

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    June 24, 2016 by Paul Goldsmith

    David Cameron did the right thing…this morning – Three and a half years’ ago, with Labour in the ascendancy under …
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  28. It’s #Brexit – so what happens now?

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    June 24, 2016 by Paul Goldsmith

    1. We don’t immediately leave the EU. This is an advisory vote to the government, who choice choose to ignore …
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  29. Why I will be voting #Remain in the #EuRef – a guide for those on the fence

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    June 21, 2016 by Paul Goldsmith

    This blog is quite long but if you stick with it you may find it useful, particularly if you are …
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  30. Will Jo Cox’s assassination be the ultimate ‘Black Swan’ event?

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    June 20, 2016 by Paul Goldsmith

    Arriving at Herne Hill Station yesterday on the way to a family event, we were accosted by some campaigners for …
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  31. How I rate the #EuRef campaigns

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    June 19, 2016 by Paul Goldsmith

      If it were based on the performance of the respective campaigns, I would be voting leave. They have managed …
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  32. The chart that explains why Britain is about to #voteleave

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    June 16, 2016 by Paul Goldsmith

    “Inside Labour’s London HQ, I joined young volunteers manning the “Labour In” phones with every fact at the ready. We …
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  33. EU Referendum – How globalisation blurs the difference between Control and Sovereignty

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    June 7, 2016 by Paul Goldsmith

    The key principle for many in the Vote Leave campaign is that of ‘sovereignty’, which is the right of a …
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  34. EU Referendum – the two lies behind the ‘£350m a week’ claim

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    June 6, 2016 by Paul Goldsmith

    If the central message of your referendum campaign consists of two lies you have a problem. The picture above shows …
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  35. EU Referendum – How Damian McBride’s tweet suggests secret support of Labour leadership for Leave

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    June 5, 2016 by Paul Goldsmith

    One of the problems with tweeting on mobile phones is that you can make a slip with a tiny movement …
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  36. EU referendum – Points systems for immigration could wreck the UK’s economy 

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    June 2, 2016 by Paul Goldsmith

    I’ll start by declaring an interest. Yesterday I had my hair cut in at a barber’s set up and staffed …
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  37. EU Referendum – the Labour leadership hate Tories more than they love the EU

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    June 1, 2016 by Paul Goldsmith

    I Labour leadership have been almost silent during the EU referendum campaign This amplifies Tory divisions, which could lead to …
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  38. Jeremy Corbyn and the EU – it’s complicated

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    April 19, 2016 by Paul Goldsmith

    Understanding Jeremy Corbyn’s position on the EU Referendum is at the same time difficult and easy. The truth is that …
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  39. When are the Referendum campaigns going to stop treating the public like idiots.

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    April 18, 2016 by Paul Goldsmith

    As the official EU referendum campaign started on Friday, I thought I should give you a little summary of where …
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  40. Here we go for June 23rd. Now it’s up to EU

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    February 18, 2016 by Paul Goldsmith

    The EU referendum isn’t going to be about the non-existent ‘reforms’ to the EU, nor should you believe those who …
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  41. Why the EU referendum campaign needs to be SEEN to be fair. Not just fair.

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    January 12, 2016 by Paul Goldsmith

    David Cameron’s behaviour over the EU Referendum could lead to him leaving behind the UK still in Europe but his …
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  42. Five things that might happen this year in politics 

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    January 3, 2016 by Paul Goldsmith

    Out of the EU, with Scotland out of the UK, Javid PM and Khan London Mayor, Corbyn out and Trump …
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  43. EU referendum – What David Cameron can learn from the West Wing

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    June 16, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    In the ‘West Wing’ there is a scene in which the White House Communications Director CJ Cregg describes how the …
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  44. EU referendum – the importance of the question

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    May 29, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

       It would be easy to think that words don’t matter. But they do in the case of a referendum. …
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  45. UKIP civil war could be a missed opportunity for the EU referendum

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    May 20, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    The civil war in UKIP rumbles on, with senior generals on one side of the fence stepping down. You may …
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  46. Farage is back – good or bad for UKIP?

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    May 14, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    So, Nigel Farage is back. Already. Despite the media’s spluttering over it being a “backtrack” on his promise to resign …
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  47. Another fine mess EU’ll get Cameron into, if he wins

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    January 21, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    If winning the 2015 election didn’t seem enough of a poisoned chalice to be passed, given the difficulties that will …
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  48. Reckless’s defection to UKIP brings us a step closer to a complete realignment of UK politics

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    September 29, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    Mark Reckless’s reputation as a Eurosceptic was such that in 2010, before he had ever won a seat in a …
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  49. Douglas Carswell and the start of the reshaping of UK politics into a three-party system

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    September 1, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    Douglas Carswell is a rare political animal, in that he isn’t a political animal at all. He had a career …
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