UK Europe

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.

Anger Grows That We Were Given the Chance to Vote Leave

Mark Flanagan | Posted 24.06.2016 | UK Politics
Mark Flanagan

They don't want a world that fair, healthy and at peace because there's no money in that. Because with virtually everything in life it comes down money, power and control and last night's result loosened their grip on all three just a little.

Jo Cox's Widower Writes Message Of Hope After EU Refendum Results

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 24.06.2016 | UK

Jo Cox's widower has sent out a message of hope, detailing what he believes his late wife's reaction would have been to news that Britain has voted to...

Londoners Are Now Calling For The Capital To Leave the UK

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 24.06.2016 | UK

As Britons come to terms with their seismic decision to leave the European Union on Friday, some felt that the result could trigger further bids for i...

Refugee Week - The Other Major Event This Week

Bishop Paul Butler | Posted 24.06.2016 | UK
Bishop Paul Butler

This is a momentous week for Britain. Undoubtedly the contentious issue of migration, both internally in the EU and from the rest of the world, will b...

What You Need to Know About the EU's Finances

Adam Hamdy | Posted 23.06.2016 | UK Politics
Adam Hamdy

Do you know that the EU has outstanding, unfunded liabilities of around €340 billion? No? Maybe it's naive of me, but I just assumed that since we're voting in a referendum on whether or not to stay in the EU, at the very least, voters would have been informed about the organisation's financial operations.

Should We Stay or Should We Go?

Marie Maurer | Posted 23.06.2016 | UK Politics
Marie Maurer

I approach voting the way I approach most things. A long period of avoiding thinking about it at all. Followed by a last-minute panic. That's what ...

Young People Should Vote for Brexit

Harry Maxwell | Posted 22.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Harry Maxwell

As Millennials, we are the generation who have the energy, increased entrepreneurial propensity and self-belief to drive this change. So let's take the opportunity to build a country of the future, together.

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.