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The Prime Minister made a third key speech on Brexit today. It was a positive one and struck the right tone going forward into the next phase of negotiations. The EU must listen, argues Rory Broomfield.Read more
The EU's draft negotiation terms look to chain the UK to the EU's dying corpse. Our politicians have to mobilise against this, argues Rory Broomfield.Read more
Political opportunism. Betrayal. Selling out. Whatever you call it, Jeremy Corbyn's plans for a new UK-EU customs union would mean the UK would not be able to sign trade deals and we would be beholden to the EU.
As Matt Ridley explained in his excellent article in today's Times, the poor have the most to gain from Brexit. Here's an example that he gave:Read more
During a far-reaching speech delivered at a security conference in Germany over the weekend, the Prime Minister restated her belief that the UK should remain part of the European Arrest Warrant (EAW) after leaving the EU.
In doing so, the EAW could be included as part of a trade deal with the EU. If this happens, Rory Broomfield argues that it would be a bad deal.Read more
Those that are wishing to disrupt the Brexit process and democracy have seemingly endless pots of money and influence. We need the government to step up and introduce campaign reform to take back control of our system, argues TFA Director Rory Broomfield.Read more
Today’s leader column in the Daily Osborne London Evening Standard ends with this:
"There is no escaping the simple economic truth: outside of a customs union, the cost of the things we buy will go up. The opportunities for British firms to sell abroad will be reduced. Britain will have consciously engaged in the biggest act of protectionism in our history."Read more
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Lord Hogan-Howe, the former Metropolitan Police Commissioner, gave a great speech in the House of Lords yesterday explaining why he voted for Brexit. If you think that the UK's security is at risk when we leave the EU, listen to what Lord Hogan-Howe has to say about it. Here's an extract:
"Concerns have been expressed about our future security, but our security is built on a strong military, intelligence and policing infrastructure. However, I argue that maintaining all these does not require the UK to be a member of the EU. In defence, our military strength depends on our own investments and innovation, together with those of our allies. Our major military bulwark is NATO. It does not rely on Europe but it does rely on America."Read more
According to the Daily Telegraph, Michael Gove has said that Britain risks becoming an outdated "VHS economy" if it accepts calls by big business for the UK to be closely aligned with the EU after Brexit. He's right. The CBI is about as corporatist as it gets. Those big businesses who run the CBI love all the rules and regulations cascading from Brussels. It prevents many rivals from entering the marketplace. The CBI wants barriers to free trade. The CBI is a 1980s car phone in a smartphone age.
The CBI, of course, does have its supporters in Government. Philip Hammond being its main cheerleader. Here's a section from today's Telegraph:Read more
It's fair to say that Tony Blair was not on top form this morning during his interview on BBC Radio 4's Today programme. John Humphreys was all over him like a rash, pointing out the inconsistencies of his arguments and reminding him of an important word: democracy. Blair didn't even rule out a third referendum if the second one didn't go his way.Read more