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Response to Rifkind

The disgraced former MP and former Foreign Secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind has waded into the debate on Brexit. His comments have of course been welcomed by the Hard-Brexit fanzine Brexit Central:

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Into the Brexit minefield

We are now entering a potentially dangerous phase of the Brexit process. Some Westminster politicians seem to think that the hard work is now over, given the epic struggles of 2017. 

In fact, we have merely left the rocky terrain and are now entering the minefield. 

Monsieur Barnier has repeatedly told us that the choice for the UK is between a Free Trade Agreement model (perhaps like CETA) or a Single Market-style relationship like Norway or Iceland

Either alternative has pros and cons for the UK.

The FTA approach would give the UK back more sovereignty (at least on paper) but would leave us a rule-taker in many ways, following rules and regulations ‘faxed’ from Brussels when trading with our largest trading partner (and many other countries which are emulating their rules willingly or unwillingly).

In addition, this approach would mean we would have to strike new deals with the EU and its member states about the rights of UK citizens to live, work, study and retire in the EU (and vice versa).  Continue reading Into the Brexit minefield

Catastrophic Confidence

In an episode of the BBC comedy Red Dwarf, the down-on-his-luck crewman Dave Lister met physical embodiments of both his Self-confidence and Paranoia. 

Paranoia was a small, weaselly man who constantly reminded Dave of his shortcomings and failures, while Confidence was a large happy man who praised Dave non-stop and always tried to cheer him up. 

Lister (Left), Confidence (Right) © BBC

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Legatum in the news

The Legatum Institute is in the news this weekend (see here and here).  

In response to these negative reports in the press, Legatum have taken to twitter to defend themselves and also released a press release in which they attempt to address the accusations against them. 

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Hard Brexit – Not in Our name

This week, Prime Minister Theresa May was asked on LBC whether if the EU referendum was ran again, would she vote to Remain or Leave, given that she originally voted to remain but is now leading a Government intent on leaving the European Union.

 

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Response to ‘Steve Analyst’

WARNING – LONG BUT VITAL TO BREXIT DEBATE

Earlier today, a Brexit supporter who supports the UK rejoining EFTA (as we also do) proposed that the UK should try to gain access to EFTA’s trade deal portfolio (by rejoining EFTA and applying to take part in those deals) once the UK leaves the EU.

His proposal was rejected by anonymous American Tweeter Steve Analyst who was critical of EFTA’s trade deals. In this blog post we will examine these issues in some detail. 

The European Free Trade Association (EFTA) has 27 FTAs covering 38 countries and territories outside the EU. It also has Joint Declarations on Cooperation with four further countries.  Continue reading Response to ‘Steve Analyst’

BREXIT – The Truth Dawns

This might be the most important post about Brexit that you read this year. Please share it once you have read it. 

Disclaimer: In this post, we are going to exclusively talk about observable, verifiable facts. We will provide links.

Where something in this article is just our belief or opinion we will try to specify that clearly. If you see something incorrect contact us and we will be happy to change it.

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This week, Theresa Mary May MP, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom is due to make a speech in Florence

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MPs and Journalists are ruining Brexit

In the old BBC cartoon series ‘Monkey Dust’ there was a character called ‘Work Experience Kelly’, a teenager who couldn’t follow even the most basic instructions.

When asked to go fetch a file or make a cup of tea; she would put a fork in a live electric socket or flush her head down the toilet saying “this is what you told me to do” by way of explanation.

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