The siege of London: a capital at odds with its country over Brexit

The following was written for this series of essays, published in January of this year, by Daniel Moylan, a former adviser to Boris Johnson as Mayor of London, and who could take charge of Brexit policy if Boris becomes Prime Minister.  London has long shrugged off the brooding sense of resentment other parts of the country sometimes feel at its dominance of national political and economic life. After all, the capital, with over eight million people, is a social eco-system of its own, caught up in its own affairs and confident that its net contribution to the Government coffers (over £26 billion a year) is sufficient answer to any regional chippiness. Continue reading

Brexit Briefing: Weekly Review - 28 June 2019

This is this week's weekly review sent to all members of The Freedom Association. If you would like to receive this in your inbox, along with many other member benefits including the Free Nation, a monthly newsletter exclusively for Freedom Association members, Sunday Best, our weekly newsletter, and our daily Brexit Breifing, a round-up of Brexit related stories and opinions, please click here. Membership benefits also include advance notice and special rates for all our events around the country. The week started badly for Boris Johnson with another couple of days of headlines about the argument he had with his partner in their flat in Camberwell. Refusing to answer any questions about it at the Conservative Party hustings in Birmingham last Saturday didn't help.  Continue reading

Enemies of the people and democracy. This Remainer Parliament just doesn't care how much damage it does

After the Government was defeated in the final vote last night (the main motion as amended), Sir William Cash made the following point of order: "The right hon. Member for Twickenham (Sir Vince Cable) just said that this was a constitutional innovation. I think he may have rather underestimated the fact that it is in fact a constitutional revolution, and the House will come to regret it".  And regret it they will. When you play with fire, expect to get burned. Here are the names of the 30 Conservative MPs who voted for the Letwin amendment to wrest control of the Brexit process from the Government:  Continue reading

Macron reminds us why voting to Leave the EU was the right decision

Pres. Emmanuel Macron has an ego the size of France. You would think that he has enough problems at home without wading in elsewhere, but this arrogant man just can't help himself.  "Citizens of Europe, I am addressing you because time is of the essence", is what he posted on Twitter. Monsieur le Président has spoken. He linked his tweet to an open letter published on the Élysée's website. In it he said: Continue reading

Next Tuesday's vote in the Commons could be more decisive than any we've had so far

The following is today's Brexit bulletin sent daily to all members of The Freedom Association. To join, please click here.  Theresa May's Plan B looked very similar to Plan A because it was Plan A in disguise. Not heavily disguised - there was just a little bit of tinsel around it to make it look slightly different. Next Tuesday, MPs will debate a Government motion that the House has considered the written statement laid before it yesterday. All very vanilla. This motion, of course, will be amended, and the amendments have already started rolling in.  Arch-Remainer Hilary Benn, the chairman of the Brexit Committee, has tabled an amendment calling for a series of indicative votes. He called for this in his question to the PM yesterday. Dominic Grieve, who can barely be described as a Conservative MP these days, has tabled an amendment that would give MPs the chance to back different Brexit options, including a second referendum. But the amendment that everyone is talking about is the one from Yvette Cooper, which is backed by people like Nick Boles, Oliver Letwin and Nicky Morgan.  Continue reading