Tag Archives: EU

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  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. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. The death of a Helmut Kohl should remind us that Brexit negotiations will be political, not economic

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    June 18, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    Look at the picture above. When Margaret Thatcher saw it she allegedly exclaimed “Urgh, its two old men holding hands.” …
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  29. Why we should spend that ‘£350m a week’ on education instead

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    June 17, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    Just after last year’s referendum, a friend of mine commented that the Leave campaign had ‘missed a trick’ with their …
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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. Should we ask for the Article 50 process to be delayed?

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    June 9, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    When Article 50 was written, is was made deliberately vague, as it was never really intended to be used. It …
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  33. UKIP’s Brexit tests – any negotiation is too much

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    May 27, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    The launch of the UKIP manifesto was a chance for us to see them put the details on what being …
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  34. 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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  35. Macron vs Le Pen is the first proper Internationalism vs Nationalism election

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    May 7, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    One is a pro-European Liberal who has never been elected and only founded his party a year ago. The other …
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  36. Why the #libdemfightback might not deliver more seats

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    May 5, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    Rumour has it there were high fives in Liberal Democrat headquarters when Theresa May announced she would be calling a …
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  37. Analysing Labour’s Brexit Conundrum

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    April 29, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    As an explanation for why Labour is finding it so difficult to work out their Brexit strategy goes, it takes …
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  38. The falling pound has been good for British firms. Hasn’t it?

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    April 24, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    The fall of the value of the pound, which has been about 20% against the Dollar and the Euro since …
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  39. Four plus two reasons why Theresa May wants to hold the election on 8th June

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    April 19, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    There are many good political and constitutional reasons for Theresa May to have an election right now. She was always …
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  40. 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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  41. The answer to “which EU law are you looking forward to losing”

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    October 15, 2016 by Paul Goldsmith

    This blog is for all those who want to be able to explain why you wanted Britain to leave the EU …
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  42. 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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  43. 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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  44. 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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  45. 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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  46. 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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  47. 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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  48. 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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  49. 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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  50. 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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