UK Referendum

The EU Needs Britain? TOUGH!

Rob Comley | Posted 02.02.2016 | UK Politics
Rob Comley

As we approach the European Council summit on February 18th and 19th, the renegotiation rhetoric we are used to hearing from the Prime Minister is ...

The EU Needs Its Soul Back

Ben Ryan | Posted 25.01.2016 | UK Politics
Ben Ryan

Economic performance is ever variable, but a raison d'être based in being a moral force for good is a more durable status and one that might be better suited to winning the loyalties of citizens. At the very least one would think that Europe's defenders might have something more to say than just repeating those scary economic threats.

I Want to Leave the EU Because I LOVE Europe and I LOVE Immigration

Georgina Edwards | Posted 20.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Georgina Edwards

You might conclude from this article that I'm a closet Little 'Englander, but I firmly believe that I'm a little 'Europer. So vote leave, protect roast dinners, French toast, Belgian chocolate and Danish pastries.

Taking Up the Challenge: Why We Must Leave the EU

Jonathan Arnott | Posted 13.01.2016 | UK Politics
Jonathan Arnott

The case for the European Union is wafer-thin. It collapses almost immediately on closer examination. And don't forget, there are some brave Labour MPs - like Kate Hoey, Khalid Mahmood, Frank Field, Graham Stringer, Ronnie Campbell and Kelvin Hopkins - who recognise that the EU is against the interests of the Left wing of British politics as well as the Right. Fortunately, Jude Kirton-Darling's views are not universal in the Labour Party!

Stay or Go, Europe's Democratic Deficit Must Be Tackled

Josiah Mortimer | Posted 08.01.2016 | UK Politics
Josiah Mortimer

With a New Year and the holiday season coming to an end, the EU referendum campaign is heating up. But since our membership of European Union is a crucial constitutional issue, there's one issue that can't be ignored: democracy.

The Left and EU Exit: Some Common Threads

Christopher Bacon | Posted 06.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Christopher Bacon

The debate about the upcoming EU referendum has mostly been framed as a debate about migration, national sovereignty, and security. Eurosceptic Conservatives have argued against the loss of power parliament has suffered, whilst UKIP has argued that British borders are porous for as long as the UK remains in the EU...

Could Government by Referendum Ever Be Made to Work?

Matt Hawkins | Posted 29.12.2015 | UK Politics
Matt Hawkins

If major policies of government were decided by a referendum of the public we wouldn't be bombing Syria, we'd stay in the EU (by our fingernails), Bri...

Denmark Votes 'Nej' in Referendum on More EU

Alex Forrest | Posted 04.12.2015 | UK Politics
Alex Forrest

The Danes have done it before and now they've done it again. Just when Brussels was counting on Denmark to vote 'yes' in an EU referendum, the country has said 'no'. Or as one tabloid headline put it rather delicately this morning: "Løkke fik f***-fingeren" which loosely translates as Denmark gave their prime minister the finger.

Why Labour Must Say No to the EU

Adam Hamdy | Posted 17.11.2015 | UK Politics
Adam Hamdy

I'm a trustee of Water For Africa, an innovative charity that trains local people to provide sustainable water supplies for their communities. As gra...

UK Accountants Agree: Britain Is Stronger in Europe

Andrew H. Harding | Posted 23.10.2015 | UK
Andrew H. Harding

While parties squabble among themselves, there remains one constant. Management accountants across the political spectrum are united in the opinion that remaining in the EU is vital to the long-term success of our businesses, economy and society.

The Dawn of a New Union?

Charlotte Chorley | Posted 21.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Charlotte Chorley

Is the Union running out of 'interesting' speakers? Or are they so preoccupied by the tired narrative Assange offers that they are turning back on their promise to update their structure and their substance?

We Have Peace in Europe Because of the EU

Alan Grant | Posted 19.10.2015 | UK Politics
Alan Grant

Europe is peaceful and we need to remember how novel that is, why it is an achievement and, most importantly, what led to it being so normal that we don't even question it any more. Namely, the structures, organisations and processes of the European Union and Britain's role in all of those.

Nicola Sturgeon Says David Cameron Is 'Pig-headed' And Treats Scotland With 'Disdain'

The Huffington Post UK | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 17.10.2015 | UK Politics

Nicola Sturgeon has accused David Cameron of being "pig-headed" in his attitude to Scotland as she said the Scottish National Party will "never waver"...

UK Prime Minister David Cameron's EU Renegotiation: Tortoise or Hare?

Cameron Rae | Posted 16.10.2015 | UK Politics
Cameron Rae

In January 2013, Prime Minister David Cameron delivered his now infamous Bloomberg speech, promising to renegotiate the UK's relationship with the EU. Following renegotiation, he said he would present the British public with the "simple choice" of staying in or choosing to leave, based on the terms secured by the end of 2017.

An Open Letter to Megan Dunn, President of the NUS

Rob Comley | Posted 14.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Rob Comley

Dear Megan Dunn, I hope this open letter will lead to politically aware Eurosceptic students coming out of hiding. From experience, going against the grain, and in particularly the directives of the National Union of Students (NUS), is frowned upon strongly by your representatives, and I apologise in advance for not agreeing with your views...

Cameron's Birthday Wish Should Be a More Competitive EU

Simon Walker | Posted 09.10.2015 | UK Politics
Simon Walker

As the campaigns launch, the politicians lunch, the negotiations stutter and the rhetoric starts, the "voice of business" will be in high demand. With so many unknowns and so many companies hungry for reform, beware those who claim British business has already made up its mind.

Indyref2 Is a Distraction, Not an Inevitability

Alan Grant | Posted 28.07.2015 | UK Politics
Alan Grant

There was a distinctly Orwellian flavour to the story that dominated Scottish politics over this past weekend. Former first minister, and current SNP ...

A Modern Greek Tragedy

Jason Aiginitis | Posted 03.07.2015 | UK
Jason Aiginitis

The current Greek government won the elections under the slogan "Hope is Coming". Is "hope" seeing our grandparents crying and dying in front of ATM machines? Is "hope" people literally threatening to kill their brothers over political disagreements? Is "hope" a government that cannot take responsibility for their mistakes?

Spartan Spirit and Sunday's Referendum

Jonathan Arnott | Posted 02.07.2015 | UK Politics
Jonathan Arnott

Will the Greek people strike a blow for freedom, not just theirs but ours too? For if the answer is indeed 'Oxi', then who knows? Perhaps in generations to come July 5 will join October 28, and two 'anniversaries of the No' will be celebrated.

Britain, the EU and Generation Y - How We Can Win This Thing.

Alan Grant | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK Politics
Alan Grant

We have the opportunity to come out of this referendum enlivened in our common endeavour, let's go ahead and take it, even if we have to endure a little bit of cliché for our troubles.

Let's Hear About the Dream of Europe

Dale Bilson | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK Politics
Dale Bilson

Much of the political talk this past week has been of UKIP's ineptitude. The resignation that never was has now been followed by the sacking that never was, with Suzanne Evans unceremoniously dumped and inelegantly reinstated as a party spokesperson for the European separatists in the space of mere hours.

Cameron - Don't Give 16 and 17-Year-Olds a Vote on the Referendum

James Walker | Posted 19.06.2015 | UK Politics
James Walker

I will support a vote for 16 and 17-year-olds, when schools are dedicating the same time to political education as they are currently committing to PE, RE and PSHCE. That time will not come before the EU referendum.

Power by the People for the People

Stephen Fear | Posted 09.06.2015 | UK Politics
Stephen Fear

Whilst in the south of France this week I have been reading French and German perspectives regarding the forthcoming EU referendum in the United Kingdom.

On My Ship If You Don't Follow Orders You Walk The Plank & David Cameron Is Right To Demand the Same Loyalty!

Charlie Mullins | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK Politics
Charlie Mullins

David Cameron is completely correct in laying down the law to members of his cabinet and other ministers, when it comes to them following orders and not campaigning for a UK exit from Europe.

Live and Let Live: What's So Wrong With That?

Jonathan Arnott | Posted 04.06.2015 | UK Politics
Jonathan Arnott

The intolerance towards Ukip's LGBT wing is saddening but also counterproductive; if anyone believes that Ukip's policies are wrong then they should support the pressure applied by Ukip's LGBT wing rather than alienating.