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Short term anti-Brexit tactics: just oppose, oppose, oppose
Brexit

Short term anti-Brexit tactics: just oppose, oppose, oppose

I am often confronted with the line of argument that because something or other may or may not happen sometime into the foggy future, opposing Brexit is hopeless now. A Twitter conversation with Rachel Heyburn and A C Grayling this morning was a case in point. Now I am always someone who wants […]

Leave constituencies, Remain MPs? It’s more complex than that
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Leave constituencies, Remain MPs? It’s more complex than that

“Brave MPs” was how Guido Fawkes described the 6 Members of Parliament who represent constituencies that nominally voted Leave in the referendum, but who voted against the opposition motion* in the House of Commons this week that supported the government’s Brexit timetable and demanded a Brexit plan from the government […]

Why Germany needs to maintain dual citizenship
Brexit, German Politics

Why Germany needs to maintain dual citizenship

So often the political debate about migration and integration sees the issues at the level of the society as a whole. What can city/region/country do with X thousand new people? How will those areas change? What opportunities or burdens will all of this present to that area? How will the […]

The Brexit debate – flailing around in a pool of shit
Brexit

The Brexit debate – flailing around in a pool of shit

Imagine you have just been thrown into a tank at a sewage treatment plant. It reeks like hell, you have nothing solid to grip, and you’re flailing around madly trying to grasp something firm to hold onto, but you never manage. That’s what it has felt like to try to […]

The case for the ideological defence
EU Politics

The case for the ideological defence

My earlier post about immigration in the UK and Labour’s response to it prompted this reply from Rob Ford at the University of Manchester: At one level this is right – my post does not propose any reform of immigration rules as part of the solution. But this then started […]

The Labour Party, and immigration in the UK post-EU referendum
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The Labour Party, and immigration in the UK post-EU referendum

One of the most unusual post-EU Referendum stories to date has been the news that UK slaughterhouses face a possible shortage of workers. As the BVA outlines, in the meat hygiene sector some 95% of veterinary surgeons graduated overseas. Britain, it seems, does not train enough of its own veterinary staff […]

What is Matthew Karnitschnig’s problem?
EU Politics

What is Matthew Karnitschnig’s problem?

Back on Sunday I wrote this tweet about François Fillon winning the first round of the centre right primary in France: Then, out of the blue and without asking me anything, four days later I get this: “unabashedly anti-Catholic” Karnitschnig says some Greens are (as if I, one member with […]

Brexit. One mighty crunch ahead.
Brexit

Brexit. One mighty crunch ahead.

Today – even by the standards of the speed of news about Brexit – has been an extraordinary day. Here are the five stand out issues: A leaked memo shows the UK government has no Brexit plan and estimates that 30000 civil servants are going to be needed to make Brexit […]