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Brexit: Leaving the Customs Union and repatriating trade policy

Brexit: Leaving the Customs Union and repatriating trade policy

In 1973, the UK joined the EEC (as the EU was known then) and became the member of a customs union – the so-called “Common Market”. By contrast, the Single Market is a more recent development. In 1987, the Single Europe Act came into effect and paved the way for […]

by × March 27, 2017 ×

Europe, Foreign & Defence

The UK should adopt a free trade policy towards developing countries

The UK should adopt a free trade policy towards developing countries

In his recent Guardian article, David Cameron, the former UK Prime Minister and newly appointed Chair of the Commission on State Fragility, Growth and Development, argued that it is right for the United Kingdom to continue to give aid to developing and unstable countries. Mr Cameron argued that it is […]

by × March 27, 2017 ×

Europe

Who said satire is dead? Me. And it’s a bloody bore.

Who said satire is dead? Me. And it’s a bloody bore.

A few weeks ago I was delighted to see two very familiar names in the candidates’ book of the club which I am a member. Younger readers may not recognise Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran, but among the sitcoms they have under their belt are Birds of a Feather, Goodnight […]

by × March 22, 2017 ×

Home Affairs, News

Martin McGuinnes: The legacy of a ‘peacemaker’

Martin McGuinnes: The legacy of a ‘peacemaker’

Today it was announced that Martin McGuinness, former Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland and IRA commander passed away. He was hailed as a ‘peacemaker’ and a man who led Republicanism from the armalite to the ballot box; one of the ‘chuckle brothers’. What will his legacy be? ‘Bloody Friday’ […]

by × March 21, 2017 ×

Health, Health & Environment

No, we shouldn’t ‘take politics out of the NHS’

No, we shouldn’t ‘take politics out of the NHS’

Every few weeks someone pops up and says that politics – and politicians – need to be taken out of the NHS. The person proposing this change usually argues one or two things: first, that the NHS has become ‘a political football’, and being subject to the whims of politicians […]

by × March 16, 2017 ×

Economic, Economy, News, Taxation

The shape of our economy is changing – and government needs to catch up

The shape of our economy is changing – and government needs to catch up

More sophisticated technology coupled with the necessity created by the 2008/9 recession and a slow economy since then has led to transformation in some areas of the UK economy – and the trend is set to continue. This has clearly worried the government. Last week in the Spring Budget the […]

by × March 14, 2017 ×

Europe

So this is how Democracy dies…

So this is how Democracy dies…

‘Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There is never a democracy that did not commit suicide.’ Thus spake John Adams, the Second President of the United States. Against perceived odds and all mainstream predictions, 2016 seemed to demonstrate a democratic awakening. Voters delivered several, […]

by × March 10, 2017 ×

Economy

A Conservative Budget? More tax, more spending and more debt

A Conservative Budget? More tax, more spending and more debt

When is a Conservative not a Conservative? When they clobber entrepreneurs, increase taxes & spending, and add to the national debt.   The press was briefed pre-budget that we were in for a dull affair, and Philip Hammond duly delivered. There was no radicalism, no imagination and – bizarrely – […]

by × March 9, 2017 ×

Liberty

Why Amber Rudd is wrong to seek to keep Britain in the European Arrest Warrant

Why Amber Rudd is wrong to seek to keep Britain in the European Arrest Warrant

Giving an answer to a question in Parliament on Monday, the Home Secretary stated that she sees it as a priority for the UK to remain part of the European Arrest Warrant scheme after we leave the European Union. Citing it as ‘essential to the delivery of effective judgment on […]

by × March 7, 2017 ×

Liberty

Brexit means leaving the European Arrest Warrant

Brexit means leaving the European Arrest Warrant

Join Conservatives for Liberty and special guest speakers Jacob Rees-Mogg MP, Steven Woolfe MEP, Professor Tim Evans and Alexander Adamescu tonight as we ask the government to withdraw from the European Arrest Warrant (EAW) as part of its Brexit negotiations, and make interim arrangements to protect people living in the UK […]

by × February 27, 2017 ×

Elections, News

The real threat to Labour in the North is not Ukip; it’s the Conservative Party

The real threat to Labour in the North is not Ukip; it’s the Conservative Party

The universal agreement that Copeland was a huge win for the Conservatives and a disaster for Labour ensured the focus of debate was mainly on the significance of the result in Stoke. Ross Clark disagrees with the emerging consensus that Ukip are finished, citing their robust vote share (which increased […]

by × February 27, 2017 ×

Elections

Is the Stoke failure the best Ukip can do?

Is the Stoke failure the best Ukip can do?

And so, yet again, UKIP fails on the big occasion. Once again they fluff their lines/miss an open goal/leave their fly open as they walk into the job interview (circle your metaphor of choice). Every time they look like making a breakthrough they smack into the glass ceiling of Westminster […]

by × February 26, 2017 ×