Category: Brexit

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The Degrading and Renewal of UK Democracy – Part 1

Paul Ryder
Mother of Parliaments - Image by Bidyut Das on pixabay

Some Examples and Consequences of a Failing UK Democracy Once leaders of nations have broken laws and rules to gain power, they then have to break more of them to retain it and make use of it. This slippery slope is seen very clearly with Putin’s Russia, committing vile crimes against innocent people in Ukraine, […]

Campaigners urge Starmer to moderate hardline backing for Brexit

The Editor
Kier Starmer - Source: Official Portrait - Gov.uk

Ed: This is a press release from Grassroots for Europe Update 26 April 2022: From Steve Rouse, Chair of Swindon for Europe:I felt compelled to write the first draft of the letter to Starmer because I was alarmed at the brainwashing effect his words, ‘There is NO case for Britain rejoining EU”, will have on […]

Open Letter to Lord Frost

Sue Wilson MBE
Lord Frost Article 6 April 2022 - Twitter

Dear David, As we’re old friends now, I’m sure you’ll forgive the informality of my address. I thought you would rather prefer David to ‘Frosty’, with or without the ‘no-man’ handle. I note that, despite your resignation from your role as Brexit Minister, we have not been spared your ruminations on all things Brexit-related. I […]

Johnson does not understand Freedom

Paul Ryder
Petro_Poroshenko_in_Slovenia_in_2016_54 Mykola Lazarenko CC BY-SA 4 0

In a widely-criticised recent speech to the Conservative Party Spring Conference in Blackpool, Johnson compared the Ukrainians bid for freedom to the British vote for Brexit. He said (Elly Blake, Evening Standard): “I know that it’s the instinct of the people of this country, like the people of Ukraine, to choose freedom, every time.I can […]

The Orwellian Playbook

Mike Cashman
Steven Bray - One man Protest - With permission from Steven Bray

George Orwell in his classic novel ‘1984’ portrayed a totalitarian regime whose policies were justified by the need to fight a fictional enemy. Some modern leaders are following this ‘Orwellian Playbook’. The Tactics I have observed his tactics over the last few years. I have seen the invention of a bogeyman outside his own country […]

What is Britain’s Role in the World post Brexit?

Hadrian Cook
UK-EU-Image-by-Elionas2-pixabay

Following the disputes, division and disinformation in our national narratives, the road from the referendum of June 2016 to spring 2022 has been bumpy in the extreme. Some may find it amusing, in a dark sort of way, to enjoy politicians being exposed for illicit parties in Number 10 or finding themselves at the ‘could […]

Dear Jacob …

Jon Wakeham

In his role as Minister of Brexit Opportunities and Government Efficiency, Jacob Rees-Mogg used his column in the Sun newspaper to appeal to its ‘wise’ readers to tell him which EU regulations they would like to see abolished. I felt duty-bound to help him out. Dear Jacob, First of all congrats on the new role. […]

Brexit Opportunities Abound – Part 2

Peter Burke

Continuing the letter to Jacob Rees-Mogg, reminding him – he seems to need reminding – of the many new opportunities created by Brexit. Click here to read Part 1. Manufacturers and traders within the EU are seeing new opportunities. Because of non tariff barriers, their British exporting competitors are in many cases now priced out […]

Lies, Lies and More Bloody Lies

Martin Griffiths
A cartoon of Johnson amongst the debris of empty bottles by Martin Griffiths

For some people, telling lies seems to be a sort of party game! Is this history repeating itself? However, telling lies does matter. It creates discord and distrust in values, which democratic countries should hold as precious. Every truth requires a contextual perspective (we sometimes change our opinions!) but the cynical distortion, manipulation and adulteration […]

Open Letter to Liz Truss No. 2 – January 2022

Sue Wilson MBE

Dear Liz, It’s a month since my last letter and I’m still eagerly awaiting your response. I appreciate it’s been a busy time for you, especially with you wearing so many ministerial hats. Your quest to replace Boris Johnson in No. 10 must also be quite demanding of your time. I would venture that your […]

The Week that Frost was Lost

Peter Burke

To lose one loyal but unpleasant supporter in a month may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose two looks like carelessness. In 1830, The Times wrote of the recently departed King George IV: “There never was an individual less regretted by his fellow creatures than this deceased King. What eye has wept for him? What heart has […]

Problems Registering in Portugal

James Campbell

On the stroke of midnight (11pm UK time) on 31 January 2020, after 47 years of membership, the UK officially left the EU. There followed an 11 month transition period to 31 December 2020. The clock was then ticking for EU & UK citizens to register their status to ensure they kept their pre-Brexit rights. […]

Tewkesbury for Europe asks “How Is Brexit going?”

Martin Griffiths

How is Brexit going? Working for a better deal with Europe. Despite a rather chilly day, Tewkesbury for Europe were out in the high street recently and handing out leaflets, engaging people and asking ‘How is Brexit going?’ Over 50 leaflets were handed out and, despite a few negatives, there were over twenty very positive […]

European Movement’s Day of Action

A reader writes...

On Saturday, as part of the European Movement’s Day of Action, members of Oxford for Europe gathered once again on Cornmarket to gauge the opinions of local people, on how they felt that Brexit was going. We asked people the following questions: Is Brexit good for the NHS? Is Brexit keeping up food supply and […]

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Protect your Freedom of Movement and EU Citizenship!

Sue Wilson MBE

How far would you go to protect your freedom of movement and EU citizenship rights? Many British citizens have taken the difficult decision to become citizens of an EU country. Here are personal stories how and why they remained European. How we lost EU Citizenship When Brexit negotiations first began freedom of movement was still […]

Step by step Campaign to re-join Europe

A reader writes...

Lord Andrew Adonis in Oxford Town Hall this week (Thursday 28th October) launched the next step of a campaign to re-join the rest of Europe ‘Step by Step‘. “Boris Johnson’s Brexit isn’t working – as the empty shelves and closed petrol stations of recent months demonstrate”, Lord Adonis told over 100 people in the Town […]

Brexit Unfolded – Contradictions and Lies don’t make good Policy

Ian Bartle

One of the abiding questions of Brexit is how the very close referendum result in June 2016 led to a very hard Brexit in 2020, a Brexit that remains far from settled to this day. This is the main theme of Professor Chris Grey’s new book Brexit Unfolded. How No One Got What They Wanted […]

New Careers Advice required?

Martin Griffiths

The Road Haulage Association (RHA) says that, of the 600,000 registered HGV license holders, half have left the industry. 16-20,000 foreign drivers are estimated to have returned home since Brexit and about 40,000 driving tests were cancelled due to the pandemic. Poor roadside facilities including a severe lack of roadside toilets and showers are also an issue. The RHA […]

HGV Driver Shortage – Open Letter to Grant Shapps

Andrew Milroy

Dear Sir, We are slipping into a desperate crisis which has been inflicted by this blinkered government. The crucial sinews which hold the British supply network together have been seriously damaged. The HGV driver shortage in the UK is estimated at 100,000 and this shortage is having a knock on effect. For example, drivers of […]

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We Need To Talk About TIGRR

Peter Burke

Turning back the clock on metrication is something the UK needs like a hole in the head. Is this just another ‘Dead Cat’?

Step by Step, back into Europe

Martin Griffiths

Martin Griffiths reports on Lord Andrew Adonis’ visit to Malvern for Europe and his suggested route for the UK’s step by step return to the EU. At a meeting on 17 September hosted by Malvern for Europe, their guest speaker Lord Andrew Adonis reviewed the factors leading up to Brexit, the perils facing the UK […]

Progressive Alliances and Proportional Representation

Philip Cole

As far as this article is concerned a ‘progressive’ is someone who – in this or any order – wants the UK to rejoin the EU; wants to save the planet from ecocide; unreservedly supports the NHS; believes that in a decent society the strong have a moral duty to support the weak (i.e. we […]

Pigs to the Slaughter

Mark Haller

100,000 pigs could possibly be slaughtered due to a shortage of Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) drivers, which in turn is due to Brexit mis-management

Campaign for Free Movement for Musicians

The Editor

Ed: This Press Release from Young European Movement at Reading Festival to highlight their campaign for free movement for musicians is well worth supporting. Activists from the Young European Movement (YEM UK) are set to campaign at the Reading Festival to raise concerns over the challenges musicians are facing after freedom of movement came to […]