Europe

Europe, Scotland

Brexit will weaken Scottish Nationalism and strengthen the Union

Brexit will weaken Scottish Nationalism and strengthen the Union

One of the more pathetic argument deployed by Remainers before the EU referendum was the notion that a vote for Leave would endanger the union by alienating Scotland, supposedly a EUphile bastion, and thus fan the flames of Scottish Nationalism. According to Labour’s Remainer in chief, Alan Johnson, if the […]

by × June 25, 2017 ×

Capitalism, Economy, Europe

Miriam González Durántez at Trafalgar Square by Brian Minkoff-London Pixels https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/

Sorry, Mrs Clegg, international trade is ‘back to front’

Miriam González Durántez, who in less enlightened times would have been known as Mrs Nick Clegg, used a column in George Osborne’s revanchist Evening Standard shortly before the general election to ‘school’ (as publishers of YouTube videos so love to say) Theresa May on the complexities of international trade ahead of her […]

by × June 15, 2017 ×

Capitalism, Europe

Low wage tax haven? Worked for Singapore

Low wage tax haven? Worked for Singapore

You have to pity those poor Spaniards. As propitiatory sacrifices to euromoloch, their unemployment rate remains stubbornly around the 18 per cent mark a full decade after the financial crisis, and most of their young people now seem to be making lattes for Londoners. In Britain, we complain about the […]

by × May 10, 2017 ×

#GE4L, Europe

The Daoguang Emperor of the Qing Dynasty.

The EU’s ‘unequal treaties’

One of the more colourful episodes of British imperialism – and, let’s face it, there’s a lot to choose from – took place around the ‘misspent youth’ of empire at the beginning of Queen Victoria’s reign – when its full might was put behind the somewhat embarrassing pursuit of drug-pushing. […]

by × May 3, 2017 ×

Elections, Europe

No, Brexit was not “hacked”

No, Brexit was not “hacked”

The Public Administration and Consitutional Affairs Committee of the House of Commons today released a report on lessons learned from the EU referendum. Immediately, the press has seized upon a couple of paragraphs to do with cyber-security, to re-animate the old stories about the referendum being ‘hacked’. In particular, the […]

by × April 13, 2017 ×

Economic, Europe

What is the impact of tariffs & Rules of Origin outside the EU Customs Union?

What is the impact of tariffs & Rules of Origin outside the EU Customs Union?

It is perhaps surprising that so much attention has been given to the Single Market, yet so little attention has been paid to the EU Customs Union. Particularly as leaving the EU Customs Union has potentially greater impacts on UK trade than leaving the Single Market: A repatriated trade policy […]

by × April 5, 2017 ×

Europe

Jeremy Corbyn should give Henry VIII more credit

Jeremy Corbyn should give Henry VIII more credit

Poor Henry VIII. Remembered primarily for being obese and a serial monogamist, the father of Elizabeth I last weekend had to endure the supreme indignity of a codpiecing by Jeremy Corbyn on national television. “I don’t think the record of Henry VIII on promoting democracy, inclusion and participation was a […]

by × March 30, 2017 ×

Europe

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 ×

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 ×

Europe, Liberty

EAW under the spotlight: The dire prison conditions in Romania

EAW under the spotlight: The dire prison conditions in Romania

As we build up to the hearing in April that will determine whether Alexander Adamescu is to be extradited to Romania in accordance with the European Arrest Warrant, we at Conservatives for Liberty have been campaigning to highlight the political motivations behind the warrant, exploring the wrongful assumption of parity […]

by × February 20, 2017 ×