I have been giving a lot of thought today to the issue of the Farage call to march on the Supreme Court. I think it can be turned to our advantage in the following ways:
A tool for organisations planning their positions and advocacy on the UK's future relationship with the EU.Read more
The summer will have given us time for sober reflection. While many of us remain deeply convulsed, the full impact of the result is still far from being understood, as is indeed borne out by the lack of the clarity about the negotiating intentions of the UK government. This period of drift and uncertainty is likely to last for months.Read more
Putsch - Principle, intrigue, ambition, compromise, intrigue, threats, sex... Well, that's politics...
In this his first novel, Julian Priestley, a former Secretary General of the European Parliament, who has spent a life-time in the political world, brings that experience to bear. His published books have been about European politics. He wrote the outline of this - his first novel, and set mostly in the UK - in 2013, two years before the Corbyn capture of the Labour Party which has shown that much described here is not in the realms of the impossible. But the characters you will find in these pages are very different - and a little more colourful - than those now at the helm of the Party.Read more
The period of grieving should now be drawing to its close.
But first, allow me a few retrospective remarks about the campaign. The referendum was unnecessary. There had been no great clamour for it. Europe rarely figured in any list of the top ten concerns of electors. It was simply a response to the logic of party management but Mr Cameron is not the first politician to discover that referendums are the political equivalent of raising the lid on Pandora’s Box. He has now learned this lesson in the cruellest possible way.Read more
In the last few days it has become clear that the fight to keep uk in EU is far from over, we (Pro Europa) remain committed to this and were looking to work together will all our members to this end, right now we are figuring out how this works. We have begun our work on how to bring this forward. Stay tuned for more info..!
Are you an ‘EU-non-Brit’? Get personal
Using the power of personal connections is suggested by Pro Europa member Vincent Clay (@mtvc2) as a way of adding to the debate and helping to encourage UK Remainers:Read more
From Bergen-Belsen to arguments about e-bikes: the EU in context
Family, Facebook and the referendum make for a potent cocktail that not everybody wishes to sip, but Pro Europa supporter Bryn Watkins has been engaging thoughtfully to add context to relatives’ discussions about the EU – and to explain why for him, Remain is the clear choice. These are two excerpts from his conversations earlier in June.Read more
It’s Not the Economy, Stupid. It’s my Country, Stupid: Identity could trump economic appeals in the Referendum
What profiteth a man to have a few extra pennies in his pocket tomorrow if he has a gun against his head today?
This was one of the take-aways from the canvassing I undertook last weekend. (Skip straight to the bottom for the campaign tips.) The identity answer- what it means to be British or more particularly English- the state of our country, our values and ‘how we do things around here’- and above all the issue of us versus them (immigration) is over powering any economic answer.Read more
Pause: reflections personal and general during the campaign suspension
The horrific murder of Jo Cox MP, and subsequent suspension of the campaign, has made it a very strange few days for people involved in the referendum debate – especially anybody who has travelled back to the UK specifically to campaign. During this pause for reflection, I have realised a number of things about my own feelings about the debate, and also about immigration as the issue on which the Remain side can never win.Read more