UK Referendum

The EU Referendum and Disabled People

Vicky McDermott | Posted 24.05.2016 | UK Politics
Vicky McDermott

In exactly one month's time, voters will be asked to decide whether the UK should either leave or remain in the European Union (EU). This is a very i...

Brexit, Politics and the Media vs the Undecideds

Paul Blanchard | Posted 24.05.2016 | UK Politics
Paul Blanchard

I'm one of the undecideds, and because we hold the key to the result, we are driving the political strategy and media coverage. It's clear that both sides will do anything to win us over. And it's also clear that there is a way to go before the shark is completely jumped. This makes me think that it's not going to be long before we see some very underhand activity.

We Need the EU's Regulated Duvets

Gabriel Webber | Posted 17.05.2016 | UK Politics
Gabriel Webber

As crowd-funded right-wing films go, Brexit the Movie isn't bad. It's slick, well-presented and looks pretty professional. The area in which it's lac...


Andre Haylock | Posted 17.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Andre Haylock

On behalf of all students, I would like to thank the College for organising this fun-filled event and getting more people aware and involved, and after only using the word 'catalyst' four times in this post, I sincerely hope you still get the picture.

How to Win the EU Referendum

Adam Hamdy | Posted 17.05.2016 | UK Politics
Adam Hamdy

When I was at school, the playground was often the scene of 'cussing matches' which, for the uninitiated, were verbal jousts that involved two or more children hurling insults at each other until one of the kids left the field of combat crying, or a fistfight broke out.

Why Boris Johnson Playing the Hitler Card Was So, So Wrong

Eddy Temple-Morris | Posted 16.05.2016 | UK Politics
Eddy Temple-Morris

The irony that Boris played the Hitler card is stomach churning when you consider Adolf would have loved both his blond hair and his extreme right wing politics and he would have hated Jeremy Corbyn.

Apathy Mixed With Relief - My Reaction to Exeter's NUS Vote

James Beeson | Posted 13.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
James Beeson

The NUS isn't perfect, but to use the analogy a friend of mine put on Facebook, neither is the government. But when a Conservative majority (or Labour majority if you're right-wing) is voted for, you don't threaten to leave the country. You stay, and you criticise, and you vote for someone new.

Joining the Bandwagon

James Hargrave | Posted 10.05.2016 | UK Politics
James Hargrave

For many of us who work in politics it feels like we have been having the In/Out debate forever. However, it is only now that the local/mayoral/PCC elections are out the way that the public at large will start to 'tune in.' What does this mean for me? Which way should I go? Do I really care?

The Developing World Is Better Off With Britain Inside the EU

Simon Maxwell | Posted 08.05.2016 | UK
Simon Maxwell

There is much at stake in Europe just now. The external environment is characterised by economic slowdown, the pressure of conflict, the refugee crisis, and the need to move rapidly to act on the Sustainable Development Goals, especially those related to climate. Urgent action is also needed to tackle the tax and transparency issues revealed by the Panama Papers. The threat of global disease epidemics is ever-present, with Ebola having been supplanted by the zika virus as the most urgent current threat. In all these arenas, the priority is coordinated action among groups of nations: another reason to put the global role of the EU high on the agenda.

Why Exeter Will Soon Leave the NUS

Charlie Evans | Posted 06.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Charlie Evans

University of Exeter students have gone to the polls to vote as to whether the Students' Guild should vote to leave the National Union of Students or remain in it. We are only onto day 3, but at the time of writing, the Leave side has opened up a 250-vote lead, and it is projected to get to the highest ever turnout in a Student Vote.

Hope for Electoral Reform in the United Kingdom

Kenneth Bunker | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK Politics
Kenneth Bunker

The 2011 referendum proposing to replace the first-past-the-post (FPTP) voting system with the alternative vote (AV) was the culmination of a long pro...

The EU Referendum: The Importance of Your Vote

Daniel W Smith | Posted 25.04.2016 | UK Politics
Daniel W Smith

On Thursday 23rd June the people of Britain will vote on our membership of the European Union, an issue that will shape the future of our country more so than an any other issue. It has never been more important to make sure that you're registered to vote. I won't tell you how to vote but I will present the arguments to support staying in the European Union. I am of the opinion that the benefits far outweigh any perceived negatives.

Let's Get Down to Beersness

Greg Bennett | Posted 25.04.2016 | UK Politics
Greg Bennett

Munching down fish and chips while enjoying a pint of Broadside is a must-do when visiting Southwold. Even if your face is more battered by the wind than your cod is by the fryer; and even if you're soggier from the rain than your chips are from the vinegar. In fact it all tends to add to the whole experience.

Obama's No Statesman, He's a Big Government President

Steven Woolfe | Posted 21.04.2016 | UK Politics
Steven Woolfe

So my message to Obama is clear: don't try to speak on behalf of ALL the American people on the issue of Britain's membership of the EU. Like many members of the international ruling establishment you have your view of big government solutions but many in the United States see the advantages for America from being able to form a partnership with a Britain which is based on it being an independent nation state.

The Treasury Paper - A Basis for Debate

John Watson | Posted 21.04.2016 | UK Politics
John Watson

At long last the referendum battle seems to be joined. Until this week the points were all coming from the Brexit camp and the only riposte seem to b...

My Challenge to You, Mr Gove

Chris Hirst | Posted 21.04.2016 | UK Politics
Chris Hirst

I listened to you speak with respect and fear in equal measure this week. Your oratory skills are impressive and at times, your rhetoric is certainly convincing. The problem is, I just don't believe WHAT you're saying.

Why I Will Vote to Remain in the European Union

Julie Cooper | Posted 19.04.2016 | UK Politics
Julie Cooper

We should stay in Europe not just because it is economically advantageous, though it is, but because we are a confident, an outward looking internationalist country. It is the right thing to do because we all have a moral duty to pass on a better world to our children. Britain is better in Europe and the world is better for it.

Utopian Brexiteer Explains Some Basic Questions Raised by Lord Hill, EU Commissioner

Janice Atkinson | Posted 15.04.2016 | UK Politics
Janice Atkinson

Forgetting even European decline, its importance to the UK is shrinking. In the last seventeen years, the proportion of UK goods going to the EU has dropped by 10% - not risen as you'd expect. The rate at which this is happening has also sped up since 2010, to 1% per year. Predictions suggest that this will continue until at least 2019.

Cameron Fiddles While the Steel Industry Burns

Jayne Adye | Posted 08.04.2016 | UK Politics
Jayne Adye

"We face a systematic industrial massacre" said the EU's Industry Commissioner, Antonio Tajani in September 2013. Over the last year his prediction has come true. The UK's steel industry is on its last legs, deprived of oxygen, gasping for air.

Enough of the Stats, I'll Be Voting to Stay in the EU on Principle

Kate Delaney | Posted 06.04.2016 | UK
Kate Delaney

This is an amazing chance for everyone, from either side of the debate, to have a say and send a strong message, to not only Europe but the whole world, about what the British people value the most. So I will be voting to remain in the European Union this June. I hope you use your principles to guide you and do the same.

European Union or Division? A Look Into the Refugee Crisis in Greece

Dimitrios Avraam | Posted 05.04.2016 | UK Politics
Dimitrios Avraam

As the UK prepares to enter the later preparation stages of what would arguably be the most important referendum of its modern history, it seems that the EU is doing its best to turn most of the European population against it.

Where's Our Moral Compass?

Jonathan Arnott | Posted 28.03.2016 | UK Politics
Jonathan Arnott

We actually need a sensible, well thought out, considered response to the threat of terrorism. Sadly, that is impossible in the culture of intolerance caused by those who put political correctness above our national security.

I Support Brexit Because I'm Left-Wing, Not in Spite of It

Sam Glover | Posted 24.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Sam Glover

Listen to the seldom expressed left-wing arguments for leaving the European Union, because there are lots of things that are wrong with the EU that are not often publicised in the mainstream media. Remember that the likes of Tony Benn did not approve of the European Union, and that you have no obligation to approve of it either.

Who Would Decide What 'Out' Means?

Gregor Irwin | Posted 29.02.2016 | UK Politics
Gregor Irwin

This should be of concern to many more business leaders than those who have contributed to the public debate on Brexit so far to explain their company's interests in the issues. While we may not know what 'out' means before 23 June, we can be pretty sure who would eventually provide the answer.

Arguments vs. Slogans: Debating EU Membership

Neil Gregor | Posted 23.02.2016 | UK Politics
Neil Gregor

One can work through all of these things and come to the perfectly honourable conclusion that, on balance, it would be still be better to leave. Yet thus far it is striking how few people seem able to make that informed, reasoned case and to argue for it calmly and persuasively.