European Union

The Left Has Finally Entered the EU Debate

Josiah Mortimer | Posted 13.02.2016 | UK Politics
Josiah Mortimer

The gist among some already-weary progressives seems to be that Britain Stronger in Europe - the apparently monolithic representative of Europhiles - follows Cameron's renegotiations with either approval or complacence, while free movement, welfare and workers' rights are traded away.

How the In Campaign Can Avoid Being Project Fear #2

Alan Grant | Posted 12.02.2016 | UK Politics
Alan Grant

The Scotland Stronger In campaign has, after all that, started on the right lines. The glib comments about being "Project Cheer" are exactly the kind of thing that will warm the Scottish people to it.

Continental Shift: What Europe Thinks (And Feels)

Simon Atkinson | Posted 12.02.2016 | UK Politics
Simon Atkinson

Whatever its faults, however, the prevailing mood is to stick with the devil you know: just 17% want to leave the EU altogether. Something that will be tested in the ballot boxes of the UK, perhaps as early as June 23rd this year...

Monday Is 'Free Brexit Cabinet Minister Day'

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 11.02.2016 | UK Politics

Eurosceptic cabinet ministers straining at the leash to campaign for Britain to leave the European Union should not have to wait for too much longer t...

If We All Band Together We Might Be Able To Get The Express To Advocate Staying In The EU

The Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 11.02.2016 | UK

Last week the Daily Express published a front page story lauding an "exclusive" poll purporting to show the massive majority of Brits who want to leav...

Putin Would Love Brexit, Warns Hilary Benn

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 11.02.2016 | UK Politics

Vladimir Putin would welcome Britain quitting the European Union, Labour's shadow foreign secretary warned on Thursday. In a strong intervention in...

Cameron's EU Welfare Deal Won't Stop Immigration, Says Ex-EU Chief

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 10.02.2016 | UK Politics

An emergency brake on welfare will not stop migrants from heading to Britain, the former European Commission president has said. Jose Manuel Barros...

Alex Salmond Quotes 'Cat In The Hat' During Attack On EU Referendum Date

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 09.02.2016 | UK Politics

Alex Salmond resorted to reading out a poem from the Cat in the Hat to MPs on Tuesday, as he attacked the possibility that the EU referendum could be ...

Jeremy Corbyn To Use EU Referendum To Push For A 'Real Social Europe'

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 06.02.2016 | UK

Jeremy Corbyn will push for the UK to remain in the European Union as he vows to use the referendum campaign as an opportunity to "stand up for public...

On Red Cards and Referendums

Josiah Mortimer | Posted 05.02.2016 | UK Politics
Josiah Mortimer

This week saw some welcome news for democratic reformers - national parliaments will be able to veto unwanted EU laws if they don't have the backing o...

In Defence of Euroscepticism

Aditya Dabral | Posted 05.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Aditya Dabral

I'm not saying that leaving will mean that the UK becomes some kind of utopian nation overnight. But as long as faceless foreign bureaucrats with their self-appointed six-figure salaries have a say in how our country is run, I cannot have confidence that we can achieve our full potential as a nation.

Why I (Somewhat Reluctantly) Like Vladimir Putin

Oliver Norgrove | Posted 05.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Oliver Norgrove

Tyrannical and thoroughly disagreeable though he is, Mr Putin stands for nationalistic pride, a crucial buffer against the perils of American foreign policy and a determination to defend a revived Russia on the world stage, and her citizens abroad. Three things I respect, and three things a shrinking world desperately needs.

Pro-EU Claims About Food Prices Going Up After Brexit 'Utter Lies'

Louise Bours | Posted 05.02.2016 | UK Politics
Louise Bours

Propaganda about food prices going up if Britain chose to leave the European Union has moved beyond scaremongering to utter lies.

Cabinet Minister Drops Biggest EU Referendum Date Hint Yet

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 05.02.2016 | UK Politics

A cabinet minister has dropped a big hint that the European Union referendum will be held on June 23. Energy secretary Amber Rudd told BBC Question...

Some Days You Gotta Give, Some Days You Gotta Take: Walking the EU Tightrope

Gavin Devine | Posted 03.02.2016 | UK Politics
Gavin Devine

My hope is that the referendum will be the beginning of the process of positive reform of the European Union. But given that we are committed to the pointless farce of a nationwide vote we just have to get on with it, and get through it.

Tusk's EU Proposal Is the Beginning Not the End - let The Haggling & Bargaining Begin!

Charlie Mullins | Posted 03.02.2016 | UK Politics
Charlie Mullins

I welcome European Council President Donald Tusk's proposal this morning, as representing, without any doubt, a 'substantial change', as David Cameron has already said, to Europe's position on the concessions it must and will make to keep the UK inside the EU.

EU Referendum: It's Not Just the Economy, Stupid!

Lee Williscroft-Ferris | Posted 03.02.2016 | UK Politics
Lee Williscroft-Ferris

The notion of 'Brexit' is no longer the sole domain of Tory Eurosceptics and UKIPpers. There are many compelling left-wing arguments for leaving the European Union; the EU's perceived obsession with free trade, potentially to the detriment of environmental safeguards and workers' rights; its exasperating tendency to shoot itself in the foot through opaque decision-making combined with some appalling PR. The EU can indeed be its own worst enemy.

The Real Reason Why UK Tories Are Against EU Tax Probes

Anneliese Dodds | Posted 01.02.2016 | UK Politics
Anneliese Dodds

Despite their claims to be leading the global fight against tax avoidance, British Conservatives have been vociferous in their condemnation of EU atte...

'Care' Should Not Be a Dirty Word

Louise Bours | Posted 01.02.2016 | UK Politics
Louise Bours

For such a small, simple expression with huge connotations, "care" seems to have become a dirty word. It makes people feel uneasy - embarrassed at the standard of care many of our elderly and vulnerable people receive, and embarrassed at the level of support for the carers themselves.

David Cameron Seeking Changes To In-Work Benefits 'Brake' In EU Talks

The Huffington Post UK | Steven Hopkins | Posted 31.01.2016 | UK

David Cameron's chances of securing a rapid EU renegotiation deal face a key test as Donald Tusk arrives in the UK to finalise a package to put to oth...

The Future Demands That the United Kindom Remains a Leading Part of the European Union

Shirley Williams | Posted 28.01.2016 | UK Politics
Shirley Williams

In concluding, I hand over to my colleagues here, careful and very cherished support for the great public institutions I have spoken about which are part of the warp and the weft of this country's whole being and who texture and quality. And I ask them to think very hard before allowing the United Kingdom to withdraw from what I believe to be its major duty to the world, which is the one it will encounter and then deliver through the European Union.

Brexit Blackmail Proves That the SNP Doesn't Want Independence

Oliver Norgrove | Posted 28.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Oliver Norgrove

Quite bizarre is Nicola Sturgeon's assertion that demand for Scottish independence will grow after, rather than before, a European Union exit. Stranger still is her belief that thinking Scots will actually vote for it.

Will The British Public Be Educated Enough For The EU Referendum?

James Cropper | Posted 28.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education
James Cropper

With the referendum imminent, there are countless questions yet to be answered. However, with time running it will be crucial for the British public to receive enough information, which does not yet seem to be happening. The cards are in Cameron's hands, but it is whether or not he will leave enough time for campaigning which is the real question.

Why the Greek Ultimatum Is Ultimately Idiotic

Maudie Fraser | Posted 28.01.2016 | UK Politics
Maudie Fraser

The EU is about unity, alliance and mutual support, and I am a backer of it in that capacity, but this dog-eat-dog backstabbing is corroding its very foundations and questioning the validity of the very high regard in which the rest of the world holds us.

A Tax Package to Keep Us One Step Ahead of Google

Molly Scott Cato | Posted 28.01.2016 | UK Politics
Molly Scott Cato

The announcement by Google that it will magnanimously pay £130 million for the tax it has avoided since 2005 has rightly been greeted with outrage an...