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Ken Clarke: The anti-Brexit hero

Jon Danzig |

From 31 January to 1 February 2017, MPs debated the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill on whether to trigger Brexit – the Article 50 notice. MPs overwhelmingly backed the bill, supported by the Labour leadership under Jeremy Corbyn, by 498 votes FOR, to 114 AGAINST. Ken Clarke was one of the 114 MPs. He […]

UACES Chair’s Message — February 2024

Simon Usherwood |

As you'll know, the UACES office is going through some changes. I will be writing to you shortly to introduce our new Executive Director, but in the meantime I want to give our collective thanks to Melina Dieckgräber, our Digital Communications Manager.

The EU's response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine: Invoking norms and values

JCMS |

The EU's response to the invasion of Ukraine by Russia in February 2022 has been unprecedented, displaying rare unity among its member states, especially during the first four months following the invasion. The EU agreed on far-reaching economic and financial sanctions, the most severe sanctions ever imposed by the EU on a third country.

The 8 Steps to Genocide

Jon Danzig |

Many think it couldn’t happen here, but please watch my video and then, think again. A year before the EU referendum, I gave a speech at a media conference in Germany. The topic was how some newspapers and politicians in Britain are spreading hatred and lies about migrants and refugees. I cited the ‘8 Steps […]

Brexit doesn't have informed consent

Jon Danzig |

Nobody gave ‘informed consent’ for Brexit. That’s because, in the 2016 referendum, the electorate was not sufficiently informed. On the contrary, we were grossly misinformed. Legally, informed consent means that consent has been given with full knowledge of: the risks involved, the probable consequences, and the alternatives. – During the referendum we were not fully aware […]

Retained EU Law is dead! Long live assimilated law!

Simon Usherwood |

During the Christmas break, the UK got rid of all its Retained EU Law (REUL). But not really. The entry into force of the Retained EU Law Act at New Year’s Eve meant that all that “Retained EU Law” got relabelled as “assimilated law”. As I discussed in my previous post, the Act also resulted […]

Today, Rejoiners outnumber Brexiters

Jon Danzig |

There are no longer 17.4 million Leave supporters and haven’t been for years. Today, according to numerous polls by different pollsters, Rejoiners outnumber Brexiters by a significant margin – certainly bigger than the small margin for Leave in the referendum. So, why don’t the Tories or Labour want to offer us, ‘the people’, a new […]

Why Brexit is bonkers

Jon Danzig |

From 31 January 2024, certain goods coming from the EU to Great Britain – particularly fresh foods – will be subject to full Brexit border controls and checks for the first time, meaning extra paperwork, delays, and costs. The UK government had previously delayed the new Brexit controls five times, concerned about the impact on […]

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