UK Europe

Before Voting, Consider What Trump and the Leavers Share

Andrew Gawthorpe | Posted 22.06.2016 | UK Politics
Andrew Gawthorpe

Only someone wholly ignorant of Europe's past, someone who takes the immense prosperity, security and civilization we have enjoyed these past decades for granted, could welcome this imprisonment. With the forces of division in ascendance and the dreams of unity buried beneath the cell floor, the only door out would lead deeper and deeper into the prison. How deep? We dare not say.

Brexit or Remain? As a Parent, I Know How I'll Be Voting

Shumailla Dar | Posted 22.06.2016 | UK Parents
Shumailla Dar

As a mother of two and a long-time public servant I have real concerns about the pressures being placed on public services in this country; with growing class sizes, the lack of places at good schools, and excruciatingly long waiting times at my local doctor's surgery and A&E, I'm frustrated by the increased strain being placed on our services in this country as a whole. But I've remained mostly on the fence.

EU Referendum: Let's Remain Part of the People's Europe

Natalie Bennett | Posted 22.06.2016 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

When it comes to planning to rebalance the British economy away from our dangerous, unproductive reliance on the financial sector, the model of German banking, with regional and local banks that fund and support small and medium enterprises for the long haul has a lot to offer. Of course we can also work with knowledge and skills from other parts of the world outside the EU, but by being already partners, members of the same union, the impetus for cooperation is stronger, the frameworks clearer, the funding available for cross-EU work ready for applications.

England Are Still Failing on the International Stage But at Least It's a Different Way of Failing

Jamie Spencer | Posted 22.06.2016 | UK Sport
Jamie Spencer

They could yet go far, but as things stand it is still relative failure from the under-performing English at a major tournament, again. However, this is different failure and that in itself is actually a silver lining of sorts - literally just because it isn't the same as countless times before

Operation Croissant Is France's Last-Ditch Attempt To Get UK To Stay In The EU

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 23.06.2016 | UK

If you pay any attention to stereotypes, you will have been led to believe there’s no love lost between the French and the British. But as Britons p...

I'm Pro-EU, But I'm Still Going to Vote Leave

Paul Blanchard | Posted 22.06.2016 | UK Politics
Paul Blanchard

When we're buying a used car, we make a judgement as to what it's worth to us. If the price is right, we pay the money and buy the car. But before we do, we stop and think: is it worth it? Is the price worth paying? And for me, the price we pay in human terms for the EU is just not worth it.

Unity in Brexit Divisions

Jen Whitington | Posted 22.06.2016 | UK Politics
Jen Whitington

I don't like politics much. I would certainly never feel it appropriate to try and influence how people vote in much the same way as I wouldn't interf...

Vote for Hope, Vote Remain

Gus Cairns | Posted 22.06.2016 | UK Politics
Gus Cairns

If tomorrow we wake up to find we've left the EU - the biggest single reason will be that the Leave campaign seized the hope agenda. In reality, I think voting to leave the EU is essentially a gesture of despair. The only hope we have as a region is to help Europe, and by doing help ourselves as part of Europe.

Love Not Leave: The New European Romantics

Will Porter | Posted 22.06.2016 | UK Politics
Will Porter

To win this referendum, this fight for our future, we're going to need millions of little acts of humanity. On the 23rd June, we can be heroes, just for one day.

A Leave Vote and Why it Could be the More Entertaining Option

Paul Marshall | Posted 22.06.2016 | UK Entertainment
Paul Marshall

In a sense, the Prime Minister is to be congratulated. The last person who ignited such an interest in politics was Guy Fawkes. Although look what happened to him. Forget hanging, drawing and quartering ( who shouted "Shame?"), at least the worst fate likely to befall Cameron is that he's hung out to dry by the Tories.

How a Continental European in the UK Feels About the EU Referendum

Elise Wouters | Posted 21.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Elise Wouters

Although I do not have a say in this referendum, I have encouraged those with the right to vote to ask questions and get informed. I hope all British, Irish and Commonwealth citizens take ownership and cast their votes on 23 June. The outcome of this referendum will not only shape their own future, but also that of continental Europeans who now call the UK their home.

Cucumbers? Blame the UN

Christian Friis Bach | Posted 21.06.2016 | UK
Christian Friis Bach

As the UK referendum on Brexit approaches I feel obliged to stand forward and confess. The European Union is often criticized for dealing with ridiculous things such as the shape of cucumbers: banning the curved ones and imposing straight ones on farmers and consumers alike.

A Scottish 'No' Voter Pleads 'England, Don't Let Us Down'.

Jackie Kemp | Posted 21.06.2016 | UK Politics
Jackie Kemp

In East Berlin for a few days, I seem to hear bagpipes everywhere. First, a man in a Glengarry busking with a pibroch in Unter den Linden; then a Pole...

Brexifs, Buts and Maybes - The Myth of Leave

Sri Sritharan | Posted 21.06.2016 | UK Politics
Sri Sritharan

There's a land where those who dare to dream can do whatever they like, with careless abandon. Where it's entirely possible to be whomever you want, whenever you need. And when the moment arrives to change your mind and walkaway, you can - with no more than a friendly wave and smile in exchange for the trouble.

London Pole, Episode 1: Bring On Brexit! Harrassed On The Tube.

Rita Suszek | Posted 21.06.2016 | UK Politics
Rita Suszek

So I was tired. Very tired. Eight hours of customer service job, dealing with progressively drunker people went by without incident, but I wasn't up f...

Brexit - When Did Unashamed Selfishness Become So Acceptable?

James Downs | Posted 21.06.2016 | UK Politics
James Downs

Above all, when we think of the history of Europe before the EU and the present-day context whereby global stability is precarious to say the least, we have to remind ourselves when we vote on the 23rd June that the prosperity of our international relationships is as important as the prosperity of our national wallet - that there are some things worth paying for, like peace.

Europe: A Messy Debate of the Heart

Catherine Anderson | Posted 21.06.2016 | UK Politics
Catherine Anderson

I ask myself, what sort of a European do I want to be? An embracer of diversity. A participant, not a quitter. A reformer, not a destroyer. And being that European means, also, that I can strive to be the best Briton I can.

Will Second Screening Have an Impact on the Way We Consume and Interact With Live Sports?

Jason Mander | Posted 21.06.2016 | UK Tech
Jason Mander

With the Euros now in full swing, there's little doubt that the digital landscape across Europe has changed significantly since the tournament's last outing in Poland and the Ukraine back in 2012.

Instead of Taking Flight From the EU, We Should Stay and Work Even Harder to Reform and Improve What It Does

Evelyn Robert de Rothschild | Posted 20.06.2016 | UK Politics
Evelyn Robert de Rothschild

In these final days before the most important referendum in Britain's history, what should we scrutinise? To my mind, some of this time would be well ...

Madrid: A European Gem for Students

Annina Claesson | Posted 20.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Annina Claesson

Madrid has it all, but it never forgets to show its visitors a friendly face, no matter the size of their wallets. If you're hungering for a city that actually sees some sunlight every once in a while, or if you're looking for stops on your cross-continental summer rampage, or if you're feeling a a bit priced out of Barcelona, or for any other reason, really, come here and you will find Madrid welcoming you with open arms.

The Opportunism of Nigel Farage Stinks

Johnny Mercer | Posted 20.06.2016 | UK Politics
Johnny Mercer

This issue will affect all of us in this proud nation of ours, and millions of people around the world are watching to see what we do. The dizzying array of sums of money passing between the British and EU economy - in both directions it would seem - have left me rather confused. The claims and counter-claims of immigration have left me uncomfortable. Here's the truth. Immigration will continue to be a challenge, whether we remain or stay in the EU. In a more mobile, better connected world, the migration of human beings in - both directions - is only going to increase.

A Union of Pride: The Case for LGBT People to Remain in Europe

Emily Brothers | Posted 19.06.2016 | UK Politics
Emily Brothers

Although some countries have legislated against discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation in goods and services, this isn't universal across member's states. That's why it is important for UK influence to remain at the heart of the single market, to facilitate further anti-discrimination measures. It makes no sense for LGBT people to have protection at home, but subject to discrimination elsewhere in the single market. Retreating with a Brexit vote isn't going to change that unsatisfactory position.

Hey, Vice, I'm Not a Racist Nan - I Just Believe in Individual Liberty

Imogen Groome | Posted 17.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Imogen Groome

I'm not entirely sure if Vice are winding us up or not. Regardless, though, I'm grateful the post is up. Because this just proves that the only response the Remain campaign seem to have for our optimistic vision of Britain is ignorant stereotyping and vicious personal insult. Doesn't bode well, does it?

EU: How to Decide?

Anand Menon | Posted 17.06.2016 | UK Politics
Anand Menon

Facts matter in this referendum. Yet politics has always been about feelings and emotion as much as statistics and experience. Why else, for instance, would anti-immigrant sentiment often be highest in those areas with the lowest number of migrants and fly in the face of most, if not all, of the expert studies that have looked at the economic impact of immigration?

A Vote for Leave Is Not a Vote for Democracy

Matty Edwards | Posted 20.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Matty Edwards

The EU may not be perfect, but it is by no means as undemocratic and dominated by the commission as Leave campaigners argue. Voting to leave the EU is not a vote for democracy, because just like the EU, the UK political system is certainly not completely democratic.