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What they want: The end of the EU

Jon Danzig |

They want to see the end of the EU altogether. That’s been the aim of prominent Brexiters from the start. And it’s certainly the aim of the guy who started Brexit: former UKIP leader and MEP, and now President of the Reform Party, previously the Brexit Party, Nigel Farage. In September 2017, Mr Farage received […]

What the Jersey fish tale tells us about the TCA

Simon Usherwood |

Today sees a meeting between British and French ministers to discuss the vexed question of fishing licences for Jersey waters. This event is important for a number of reasons. Firstly, it’s the pathway that got opened up earlier in the week by the French decision not to move to unilateral sanctions over the issue, so […]

Telegraph spreads nonsense about the EU

Jon Danzig |

Former Conservative MEP, Daniel Hannan, has penned an article for The Telegraph with the headline: ‘Poland is learning, as Britain did, that the  EU will never let its members be sovereign’ What nonsense. The EU is not a foreign power lording over the members. The EU IS the members. All EU laws and treaties are […]

BBC Question Time fails to answer my questions

Jon Danzig |

  On last week’s BBC Question Time (7 October) host Fiona Bruce announced: “The majority of you voted FOR Brexit in this audience.” She explained: “We select this audience very carefully to be representative”. Her response came after a comment from a member of the audience who said: “We’ve got a lack of foreign workers […]

Welcome to BBC Brexit Time

Jon Danzig |

The member of the audience at the very back of the studio took presenter Fiona Bruce by surprise on BBC Brexit, sorry, Question Time. Said the jacketed, bespectacled gentleman: “A lot of people voted for Brexit because they didn’t want foreign workers taking our jobs,”  “And now, that’s exactly the situation that we’ve got. We’ve […]

The long way down

Simon Usherwood |

This post originally appear on Encompass Europe. This is a good moment to reflect on one of the many paradoxes of Brexit: for something that has occurred under so much time pressure, there has always still been a summer break. That was true in 2017 and 2018 during the Article 50 negotiations and even last […]

True Tories were Remainers

Jon Danzig |

The party may bear the same name, but Conservatives today are not the same as Conservatives of yesterday. The party has morphed into the Brexit party by deterring or kicking out any MP or Parliamentary candidate who supports EU membership. Or else, Tory MPs and government ministers who used to support Remain have simply transitioned […]

Tracking EU-UK meetings

Simon Usherwood |

At various points in the Brexit process I’ve produced trackers, primarily to capture interactions between the EU and the UK. that included ones for the negotiations on the Withdrawal Agreement and the Trade & Cooperation Agreement (and this), as well as the progress of UK enabling legislation. The aim has been to keep sight of […]

Why Labour should not have supported Brexit

Jon Danzig |

A reader commented that the result of the referendum was clear, and Labour was right to support it. I disagree. The result of the referendum was not clear, and Leave only won by lying and law-breaking on an industrial scale. Brexit has gone ahead on the say-so of a mere 37% of the electorate and […]

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