UK Referendum

Scottish Labour Should Ditch the Hardline Unionism - It Won't Win Them Voters Back

Jonathan Rimmer | Posted 03.05.2017 | UK Politics
Jonathan Rimmer

If Scottish Labour adopt a neutral stance on the upcoming independence referendum and continue to advocate genuine socialist policies, I'm willing to forgive previous misdeeds consider voting them again and I know I'm not alone. If they believe such a position is a betrayal of their values then so be it, but it may end up being the hill they die on.

Brexit Begins As May Formally Triggers Article 50

Vikram Kumar Khosla | Posted 31.03.2017 | UK Politics
Vikram Kumar Khosla

One thing the Prime Minister cannot do is come out with a bad deal for Britain or not listen to the UK citizens. This is because the UK citizens are going to face the impacts of whatever that deal is and what it brings in the days, months and years to come.

How Do I Explain Brexit To My Kids?

Linsey Wynton | Posted 30.03.2017 | UK Parents
Linsey Wynton

Last week I had a surprise when I picked up my four-year-old twins from pre-school. Their teacher said one of them (Leo) had been telling the class about Theresa May taking us out of the European Union!

Brexit, Devolution And The Future Of Northern Ireland

Janice Morphet | Posted 27.03.2017 | UK Politics
Janice Morphet

The call for an independence referendum for Northern Ireland by Sinn Fein, closely following on from that of Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister of Scotland, is not an opportunistic endeavour. The recent elections in Northern Ireland demonstrated that the political tide is turning.

Democracy Is Under Yet Another Threat, With Left-Wing Parties Calling For The Curbing - Or Even Banning - The Use Of Referenda

Diane James MEP | Posted 01.03.2017 | UK Politics
Diane James MEP

I am a democrat, and one of my major motivations supporting Brexit has been to bring back decision-making to the UK away from the unelected and unaccountable officials in Brussels. Unlike the Left, which wishes to maintain the wall between the rulers and the ruled, I will always defend and encourage the greater use of referenda and will always respect the result.

Why There Is No Such Option As 'Soft Brexit'

Richard Bird | Posted 05.12.2016 | UK Politics
Richard Bird

The country needs need Labour and Conservative MPs who will stand up against the Rule of Fear, remember their Code of Conduct, to serve the best interests of the nation first and party last, and show that they have the moral fibre and integrity to take a firm stand and stop this self -destruction of the United Kingdom.

Politics In 2017 And The Rise Of Populism

Diane James MEP | Posted 02.12.2016 | UK Politics
Diane James MEP

It seems that we are being told, across Europe, that we should not support populist movements because they are not in the interest of the elite.

I Can Vote In Italy's Referendum - Why Are So Many Others Still Disenfranchised?

Sabina Frediani | Posted 01.12.2016 | UK Politics
Sabina Frediani

With the postal deadline for the Italian referendum looming, I weigh up the moral question of to vote or not to vote. And as I do, I will remember that unlike many others, at least I have a choice.

The Brexit Court Ruling Confirms My July Blog - An Open Letter to Theresa May

Dr Michael Arnheim | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK Politics
Dr Michael Arnheim

Dear Theresa -- I hate to say it, but I told you so! In a blog published here on12 July 2016, I told you that the Brexit referendum result is pure...

Why The UK Needs Another EU Debate And Vote

Richard Bird | Posted 01.11.2016 | UK Politics
Richard Bird

The UK needs either: A submission of the entire issue to Parliament for a debate and free vote; Or a second referendum with clearly defined options and consequences and factual public information upon which to make a vote provided by an independent impartial committee set up by the Government. And we need it NOW.

The Clueless 'Brexiteers' Hiding Behind Patriotism

Bob Morgan | Posted 27.10.2016 | UK Politics
Bob Morgan

We have to leave the EU - but we don't actually have to do it in such a damaging way as these people appear to want. It will all be about how we negotiate our exit - what the new relationship with the EU will be.

Brexit Isn't And Shouldn't Be A Fait Accompli. Here's Why

Lee Williscroft-Ferris | Posted 24.10.2016 | UK Politics
Lee Williscroft-Ferris

"The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter." Winston Churchill's words couldn't be more diametrically...

Press And Government Fanning The Hate Crime Flames In The Wake Of Brexit Vote

David Mooney | Posted 12.10.2016 | UK Politics
David Mooney

Picture the scene. You're sitting in the hot-seat on Who Wants To be A Millionaire? and Chris Tarrant had just snatched a cheque away from you. On it ...

The BBC Failed Its Viewers With Its Brexit Coverage, Says John Simpson

The Huffington Post | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 02.10.2016 | UK

The BBC failed its viewers in its coverage of the EU referendum, according to the corporation’s world affairs editor John Simpson. Speaking to Huffi...

Brexit Is No Blank Cheque For Eurosceptics

Benjamin Butterworth | Posted 07.09.2016 | UK Politics
Benjamin Butterworth

If those of us backed remain don't make our arguments clearly and forcefully through the impending negotiations, we risk writing a blank cheque for the eurosceptics. During the referendum, the Leave camp were at pains to tell us they didn't know to set out specifics of a post-Brexit Britain, because this wasn't a manifesto. They won the EU vote - now they must be held to account on the ideas put forward.

It's Time To Rethink How We Do Referendums In The UK

William Brett | Posted 05.09.2016 | UK Politics
William Brett

Given the increasing frequency of the use of referendums in the UK, it is more important than ever that we look at the EU vote and ask how do we make sure the mistakes that were made during the EU campaign are never repeated again? We've laid down the foundations in terms of how we start to answer that question. Let's hope they're built on.

Today's Scottish Independence March Was 'Biggest Since The Referendum'

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 30.07.2016 | UK

Up to 7,000 people marched through the streets of Glasgow on Saturday calling for Scottish independence from the UK - as a new survey suggested there ...

Good Thing, Bad Thing: Lessons from a Crazy Month in Women's Leadership

Neela Bettridge | Posted 25.07.2016 | UK
Neela Bettridge

It's been quite a month for women in leadership. The referendum has revealed all kinds of rifts -- within political parties, in regional and generatio...

The Divorce Referendum: Brexit and Relationships

Graham Russell | Posted 12.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Graham Russell

As a relationship and leadership coach this feels like the equivalent of asking a whole bunch of people you don't know to vote as to whether you should stay married or not. There is no trial separation. Their result is final. You might be going through a rocky patch but that's no reason to give up or abdicate responsibility.

The Brexit Referendum - Joke Letter From 1,054 Barristers

Dr Michael Arnheim | Posted 12.07.2016 | UK Politics
Dr Michael Arnheim

The result of the Brexit referendum on EU membership has no binding force in law. This was the main point made in an open letter to David Cameron signed by 1054 barristers on 9 July 2016. This is undoubtedly correct. But the rest of the letter, and especially the part that proposes "a way forward", reads like a joke.

The Rules of the Game

John Watson | Posted 08.07.2016 | UK Politics
John Watson

The tactics of the dispute within Labour and the Brexit negotiations. It may be the great speeches which become recorded as history but, in truth, po...

Brexit: The Case for Illegitimacy

Gerard Delanty | Posted 07.07.2016 | UK Politics
Gerard Delanty

In the face of a grave economic crisis and what now has all the signs of a crisis of governability, it is vital that parliament debates and votes on the outcome of the referendum on the grounds that its unanticipated consequences being detrimental to the national interest.

Give Bojo a Second Shot - Wimbledon Season Is an Opportunity for Boris Johnson to Play Tennis and Have Another Revelation

Ania Poullain-Majchrzak | Posted 07.07.2016 | UK
Ania Poullain-Majchrzak

According to his sister Rachel Johnson and her article in the Daily Mail, Boris Johnson decided about his stand on Brexit over a tennis game. Rachel d...

Neo-Nazi Stickers Distress Cardiff Residents

Ciara Cohen-Ennis | Posted 06.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Ciara Cohen-Ennis

I, personally, am the descendant of Jewish Polish immigrants who escaped the Nazis in the Second World War. To see Neo-Nazi propaganda in my hometown of Cardiff is devastating.

There Is Life After Brexit

Dr Ion Jinga | Posted 05.07.2016 | UK
Dr Ion Jinga

The result of the UK referendum on the European Union membership came as a shock to Europe and the World. As someone who lived for twelve years in Bru...