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Brexit, the Opera

Angus Walker | Posted 30.06.2016 | UK Politics
Angus Walker

Under stormy skies, in an ancient arena, built when Europe was ruled by Rome and when fears of a modern EU empire were centuries away from newspaper front pages, a tale of conflict, conquest and torn loyalties is being played out.

Boris Johnson Just Walks Away From the Damage He Has Done

Bob Morgan | Posted 30.06.2016 | UK Politics
Bob Morgan

So - his leadership is just something else he is not going to deliver as promised to the leave campaign - along with many other promises on immigration and the certainty of a better future for the Country.

A Call to Arms (Or Pens) Against Anti-Intellectualism

Amitava Banerjee | Posted 30.06.2016 | UK Politics
Amitava Banerjee

"The pen is mightier than the sword" and "knowledge is power" are maxims that have inspired academics for generations to write journal papers, gain grant funding and give lectures. Unfortunately, neither politicians, media nor our population are inside our echo chamber.

Leaving the EU Feels Like a Death in the Family

Wayne Hemingway | Posted 29.06.2016 | UK Politics
Wayne Hemingway

Those of us that understand the positive impact of migration to the UK must "hug" the migrants. We must remember that 48% is a very large proportion. Democracy may have failed us in the short term but we have to find a way to mitigate this disaster.

Muhammad Ali's Brexit Insights

Andy Langenkamp | Posted 29.06.2016 | UK Politics
Andy Langenkamp

"It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe" Muhammad Ali The Greatest champion of all times passed away ...

Brexit: There Is No Right or Wrong Way

Jojo Furnival | Posted 29.06.2016 | UK Politics
Jojo Furnival

WRONG WAY, GO BACK. I walk underneath this sign every day. Every day, on my way to work in marketing and communications for a charity, I look at this sign.

We Should Embrace the Disruption That Technology Is Bringing to Our Lives

Paul Flatters | Posted 29.06.2016 | UK Tech
Paul Flatters

Everyone has a routine of some kind in their daily lives. Even those of us living what we might perceive to be lives of pure and unending chaos are still likely to be governed, to some extent, by eating, sleeping and working, not to mention hobbies and other leisure activities that fill space in between.

After the Dust Settles, The Thoughts and Regrets of a Remain Supporter

Daniel W Smith | Posted 28.06.2016 | UK Politics
Daniel W Smith

For now, if we do have accept the result be emotional and do the feel the pain of this because it is a tragedy for those of us who believed in a progressive future but the fight can and will go on.

A Letter to the Leavers

Alastair Roderick | Posted 28.06.2016 | UK Politics
Alastair Roderick

I assume that this is the result of stunning hangovers, rather than buyers' remorse. But very soon they will have to start making decisions. We have lost, within a few hours, a Prime Minister and a European Commissioner, on the very day that the most important foreign and domestic decisions for a generation need to be taken. In short, they will have to take back control.

A EUlogy: Parting Words as Britain Votes to Leave

Harvey Wilks | Posted 28.06.2016 | UK Politics
Harvey Wilks

You know those mornings where you wake up so hungover that, in the space between lifting your head off the pillow and clambering upright, it's totally necessary to spend three to ten minutes perched on the side of the bed, shoulders limp and frowning at the skirting boards? I'm pretty sure that's what a lot of us felt at dawn on Friday.

The Rise of Donald and Boris, A New Era of Political Risk Takers

Kevin Godlington | Posted 28.06.2016 | UK Politics
Kevin Godlington

The egomaniacs are out in force. Baying for the revolution to continue. Even the Scots now have their exploitative chance to break the union. The civi...

We Need a General Election to Deliver a Mandate for the Future

Natalie Bennett | Posted 27.06.2016 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

Before negotiations start, we need to know what we're asking for. That has to mean a General Election - that's the only way we can reach a mandate on a way forward. We'd have a minimum period of months (the earliest practical date would be early November) to debate, discuss, inform voters, who'll then be able to weigh up the offers by various parties.

England, What Have You Done?

Marie Maurer | Posted 27.06.2016 | UK Politics
Marie Maurer

I didn't take this seriously enough. I didn't think for a moment, we would leave. And we haven't left, yet. But more than half of us want to. I wa...

Who Says We Can't Have Another Referendum?

Bob Morgan | Posted 27.06.2016 | UK Politics
Bob Morgan

The EU referendum was promised and implemented by Cameron's Conservatives to address divisions in their Party because of pressure from UKIP. It was done so that the Tories could stay in power.

Keep Quiet and Carry On: The EU

Chris R Wright | Posted 27.06.2016 | UK Politics
Chris R Wright

You are not wrong for holding a legitimately cultivated opinion, and you are not bad for saying so, or changing your mind. But together we must stop allowing a fear of offense to legitimise folly. As long as ignorance is bliss, the opposite is also true.

I Voted Leave, I'm Scared, And I Don't Know What Brexit Looks Like - But At Least We're Going in the Right Direction

Georgina Edwards | Posted 27.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Georgina Edwards

I'm not going to claim we're out of the woods yet; there's a long way to go till the fruits of independence are laid bare. For starters, we're certainly not going to be spending that phantom £350million anytime soon (if it even proves to exist). But seeing people write off a historic opportunity on the basis of one day's events is absolutely crackers.

Why the World Should Not Fear Brexit

Adam Hamdy | Posted 27.06.2016 | UK Politics
Adam Hamdy

A fevered referendum has divided Britain and unsettled the world. I've previously criticised the tone of the Remain and Leave campaigns for stoking fear and hate, and we are now living with the consequences of their irresponsibility.

Driving Through Europe With My Thumb

Martyn Sibley | Posted 27.06.2016 | UK
Martyn Sibley

At the end of April, Kasia and I left the United Kingdom on a big adventure. Due to my disability the vehicle we took had a ramp for access and hand c...

What Happens to Foreigners in Britain Now?

Nada Giuffrida | Posted 27.06.2016 | UK
Nada Giuffrida

Friday morning has been an historical date and a sad one at the same time, for me and for the other 600,000 Italians currently living in the UK. Obviously none of us were allowed to vote for Remain or Leave.

Life in the Arts Lane, Week 125 - What Next After the Leave Vote?

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 27.06.2016 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

I am just one of millions of British citizens and other Europeans who have benefitted from freedom of movement. All this does not matter as we are irrevocably in this situation and we have to make the best of it. Head up, chin high and off we go.

This Is Not OK

Natasha Kuilak Mellersh | Posted 27.06.2016 | UK Politics
Natasha Kuilak Mellersh

On hearing the Brexit result, my grandad texted me saying "Hopefully we'll find a way to fix things and make this OK". Like me he was shocked, disappointed and hurt that this was the choice made by such a significant proportion of Brits.

Breakaway UK: An Eccentric Cousin Rowing Out Into Choppy Waters

Dyfed Loesche | Posted 26.06.2016 | UK Politics
Dyfed Loesche

All considered, it's like watching your eccentric cousin trying to row out into the rough seas of the Atlantic, because he might have gotten angry at not fitting in or cross at some rule he objected to but had to follow. On the one hand you know he won't get very far, but on the other you realise with dread he might still drown in the waves.

Those Who Voted for Leave Aren't Stupid - They're Angry

Henry Bull | Posted 24.06.2016 | UK Politics
Henry Bull

I was born and raised in Boston, Lincolnshire, one of the most Eurosceptic areas in the UK and the town polled as most likely to vote to leave the EU in the entire country. These voters are my friends, my family and my ex-colleagues, and they aren't stupid - they're scared because their community has been neglected for decades and they feel powerless to change it.

The Implications of Leave for the UK Workplace

John Hayes | Posted 24.06.2016 | UK
John Hayes

This morning, Britain has voted to Leave the European Union. What does this mean for the UK workplace in terms of workplace rights? In short, Britain ...

Brexit Is a Test of the Extent of Political Deafness

Dr Joseph Zammit-Lucia | Posted 24.06.2016 | UK Politics
Dr Joseph Zammit-Lucia

I am hoping that the unbelievably idiotic standard Brussels response that the only answer to Europe's problems is more Europe will, after this week, be consigned to the dustbin of history. However, I fear that the blindness and deafness of the European ideologues that still populate the European corridors of power may well be total. That, by their actions and behaviour, they will convert what could be a temporary setback to a catastrophic unravelling of the whole European project. We shall see.