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'Brexit is a colossal mistake'

Jon Danzig |

Former Conservatives Prime Minister, Sir John Major, did not mince his words about Brexit at a Westminster committee meeting. Speaking in February 2023, he asserted that leaving the European Union has been “a colossal mistake.” We should be back in the #EU, he said, to keep Britain safe. He said: “There are three great power […]

Labour, it's time to think BIG

Jon Danzig |

The Guardian has reported that Labour is planning to ditch radical reforms and only offer ‘safe policies’ in a stripped-down, cautious manifesto that is “bombproof” to Tory attacks. Keir Starmer has now rowed back from numerous big policies, such as its £28bn a year commitment on green investment, replacing the House of Lords with a […]

End of the British Empire

Jon Danzig |

By 1960 it was clear that Britain’s Empire was finished. No wonder that the following year, in 1961, Prime Minister Harold Macmillan applied for the UK to join the European Community. After all, without its Empire, with the ‘special relationship’ with the USA soured by the Suez scandal, and with our Commonwealth severely diminished, Britain […]

The EU's beating cancer plan

Jon Danzig |

The EU’s ‘Beating Cancer Plan’ is a political commitment to improve the lives of all European citizens. In 2021, the European Commission pledged to take decisive action on cancer. Three years on, Europe’s ‘Beating Cancer Plan’ is already making a difference to people’s lives thanks to the many projects and actions that have been launched. […]

Some ado about not much: The DUP deal on power-sharing

Simon Usherwood |

The publication on Wednesday of a UK Command Paper "Safeguarding the Union" came largely out of the blue. For months the Secretary of State and budding author, Chris Heaton-Harris, has been talking with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) about returning to power-sharing in the Northern Ireland Executive.

Brexit? "Not in my name. Never!"

Jon Danzig |

Seven months after the advisory-only EU referendum, 114 brave MPs passionately spoke and voted AGAINST triggering Brexit. Chris Bryant, Labour MP for the Rhondda, was one of them. Along with 46 other Labour MPs, he defied the 3-line whip imposed by his then party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, and voted AGAINST the European Union (Notification of […]

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