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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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Let down by the media

This is a topic we have covered before, but it deserves revisiting. The blame for Brexit going badly cannot be solely attributed to politicians.

Why? because the media that should be bringing the facts to the nation simply isn’t doing so.

Like it or not, the media and politics are entwined like never before. People in Westminster seem to move from jobs at newspapers to political think tanks, to work as advisers to politicians, to Quangos and charities and then back to the media. 

Spend just a short time on twitter and you will often see backslapping tweets like “congratulations to Emma who has gone from the newsdesk at the {insert paper here] to work at the [insert name here] think-tank” or “Congratulations to James who has just left his position at the Smithson foundation charity to work as communications advisor to a Government Minister”.  Continue reading Let down by the media

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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Lessons from Norway

Journalist Stephen Bush‏ recently wrote an article for the New Statesman in which he criticised those advocating an EFTA-style soft Brexit.

In the article he wrote:

“…the difficult truth is that these countries are, de facto, in the European Union in any meaningful sense. It’s hard to see how, if the United Kingdom continues to be subject to the free movement of people, continues to pay large sums towards the European Union, and continues to have its laws set elsewhere, we have “honoured the referendum result”…”[i]

While incorrect, we can see where he picked up such inaccuracies.  Continue reading Lessons from Norway

Brussels open to UK rejoining EFTA

In a recent article on the POLITICO.EU website it was reported that:

“Brussels is contemplating another way to keep U.K. trade going with the EU after Brexit that would also keep Britain under the EU umbrella — go the way of Norway. 

Brussels now has a plan B: The U.K. could temporarily become a member of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) while both sides transition into their future relationship, a senior Commission official told POLITICO.   Continue reading Brussels open to UK rejoining EFTA

Norway open to UK return to EFTA?

Over the last few days, we have read several media reports that say Norway may be softening her views on a possible British return to EFTA. Readers of this page will know that three out of the four current member countries of EFTA have expressed an interest in the UK returning to the Bloc, with Norway as the exception. 

We hope that these reports are accurate and that the British Prime Minister begins informal talks with the EFTA countries as soon as possible, hopefully with formal talks to begin shortly after. 

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Reuters link to story: 

http://uk.reuters.com/article/us-britain-eu-efta-idUKKCN10T1E0

Express link to story:

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/701642/Norway-performs-U-turn-over-Brexit-and-hints-it-will-now-WELCOME-Britain-to-EU-trade-club