Tagged: EU

Marine Le Pen and Geert Wilders could be the next two figures from the populist right to come to power. (Photo: La Capital)

Right on Top

The populist right is transforming from an insurgent to a dominant force in western politics. Its legacy will be highly mixed. It has become almost a cliché over the past few years to talk...

“Marmitegate” clearly wasn’t enough. (Photo: PA)

Taking the Brexit Cake

The United Kingdom is being pelted with news that only stand to reinforce the idea that Brexit is hurting us, but it seems the government would rather remain oblivious. The United Kingdom has been...

The Commonwealth has 4 of the world’s top 15 economies; the same as the EU if you don’t count the UK (Photo: Twitter – Daniel Hannan)

Common Wealth

For too long, Britain has neglected her Commonwealth allies. After Brexit, it’s time to change that. Brexit means Brexit. We, “the 48 per cent”, can mourn as much as we like, but Britain voted...

Reaction of leave supporters at the Sunderland vote count. (Photo: North News & Pictures Ltd)

Brexit Britain Needs Devolution

The Brexit vote was a protest against Westminster and demand for change. If any political party wants to win in post-Brexit Britain, they need to show serious commitment to the devolution of powers to...

Norbert Hofer of Freedom Party of Austria could still become President. (Photo: The Daily Telegraph)

Europe: Populists Surge, Leaders Dither

Western politics is increasingly looking inwards. This is an alarming development. The continent’s populists are triumphant: Ukip has Brexit, Le Pen’s National Front wants “Frexit”, and Geert Wilder’s Dutch Freedom party are not far from “Nexit”. Meanwhile...

A relic of a previously outward looking country? (Photo: Home Office/PA)

The Slow Death of Cosmopolitanism

The anti-immigration rhetoric at the heart of the vote for Brexit has become symptomatic of a wider isolationist trend in British culture. We live in an ever more globalised world. As any good economics...

Forget Left & Right: Now is a Time for Change

The EU referendum highlighted the true fault lines in British society. Now it’s time for our two main political parties to reflect these. What happened on June 23 was a wholesale rejection of the...

Lexiters claim there is a progressive way to lead Britain out of the EU; this is simply not supported by any evidence. (Photo: Nick Wright)

“Lexit” is a Lie

Many on the left propose a supposedly progressive argument for leaving the European Union: but on closer inspection, this is nothing but a dangerous fantasy. “Lexit” has become a buzzword on the British left;...

The EU referendum involves a very special kind of decision: ultimate power is at stake. (Photo: www.cicero-group.com)

Stand Up and Be Counted

We need representative democracy, but when ultimate power is at stake, it is the people who must decide where it lies. Unless you’ve spent the last twelve months with your fingers in your ears,...

Vote Leave’s odd coalition of toxic characters is one reason that Britain will vote to Remain in the EU. (Photo: New Statesman)

Why Britain will Vote to Remain

The campaign to leave the EU has been filled with toxic rhetoric that has put off left-wing voters, argues Sam Glover. What campaign can unite Donald Trump, George Galloway, Iain Duncan Smith and Vladimir...

The SNP officially supports remaining in Europe but could leaving be a huge boost to their independence campaign? (Photo: The Independent)

The EU Referendum: Ajockalypse Now

The SNP has threatened to hold another independence referendum if Scotland is dragged out of the EU by England. The consequences of ignoring Scotland’s voice in this debate have never been direr. Whilst a...

Syrian refugees strike at the platform of Budapest Keleti railway station, 4 September 2015. (Photo: Mstyslav Chernov)

Tipping Point

David Cameron devoted copious amounts of time to negotiating the terms of his insignificant EU deal, yet with public concern growing over the worsening refugee crisis, perhaps his focus should have been elsewhere As...

Jeremy Corbyn, a lifelong europhobe, is struggling to swing behind his party’s europhile message. (Photo: The Agenda/ITV)

Labour and Europe: Divided in Unity

Almost all Labour MPs are europhiles, so why is the party divided about the EU? Ask Jeremy Corbyn. Though calm and competent, the “In” campaign in the EU debate is not faring well. A...

Tony Benn and Bob Crow: two prominent left-wing eurosceptics who are seldom mentioned. (Photo: The Mirror)

I support Brexit because I’m left-wing, not in spite of it

Eurosceptics are perceived as being right-wing Conservative or Ukip supporters. Sam Glover bucks the trend. I’m not supposed to be a eurosceptic. As a nineteen-year-old, Labour-supporting Londoner, I am the “In” campaign’s core demographic;...

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