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Jonathan Arnott

Independent Member of European Parliament, North East England

Jonathan Arnott, 37, is an independent member of the European Parliament for North East England. Having taken examinations three years early, he went to Sheffield University at the age of 15 before graduating with a Masters' Degree in Mathematics (MMath Hons). Jonathan worked as a Mathematics teacher for a number of years, setting up a charity working with disadvantaged young people in his local community of Sheffield before moving to Guisborough. He is the author of two books (one on Brexit, one on chess). Ardently pro-Brexit, he has more speeches in the European Parliament than any other British MEP since his term started in 2014. In his spare time, he has over 20 years' broadcasting experience providing football commentaries on Scunthorpe Hospital Radio, he represents the Great Britain team at the board game Stratego, and he is a Candidate Master at chess.
Letter From Catalonia: Is This The Birth Of A

Letter From Catalonia: Is This The Birth Of A Nation?

A few weeks ago, I supported the Catalan right to self-determination yet hoped they would ultimately choose to remain Spanish. Today I find myself somehow warming to the idea of the creation of a Catalan nation. To me it's all about democracy; to others, it's all about the money.
30/10/2017 14:26 GMT
Why We're Sleepwalking Into An EU 'No Deal'

Why We're Sleepwalking Into An EU 'No Deal' Scenario

We need to sort out what our 'legal' obligations are, as soon as possible. Otherwise we'll continue to see this bait and switch between 'legal' and 'moral' obligations, and we'll end up sleepwalking into a 'no deal' scenario.
12/10/2017 18:00 BST
The 2017 Challenge For GCSE Students? Explaining What Their Results

The 2017 Challenge For GCSE Students? Explaining What Their Results Mean

The real worry for every teacher though? Once the changes have finally come in, some bright spark in government might well decide to change the whole thing all over again. Politicians like changing things, you see. Sometimes though the best thing to do is leave everything well alone - and allow teachers sufficient time to become experts in what they're teaching.
04/08/2017 14:05 BST
Charity Begins With

Charity Begins With Us

Christmas is coming; how about doing something over this festive period to make a difference? Even better, if you're doing something along these lines why not share your own experiences in the comments? It may inspire someone.
22/11/2016 11:46 GMT
Time To Stop Saying Terrorists Have 'Been

Time To Stop Saying Terrorists Have 'Been Radicalised'

Why, when someone knowingly and deliberately chooses to embrace a cancerous and poisonous ideology which has been responsible for mass murder and attempted genocide, do we act as though they're passive bystanders and say they 'have been radicalised'?
04/10/2016 16:25 BST
Why I'm Standing for the Leadership of

Why I'm Standing for the Leadership of Ukip

With that in mind, my approach to leadership will be very different to his: you can't out-Nigel Nigel. Any candidate who tries will fall flat on their face; they'll end up being measured by that yardstick. That is not to say I will be a cookie cutter, production line politician like many of those found currently on the benches at Westminster. Ukip's not like that and neither am I.
18/07/2016 16:59 BST
Article 50 and

Article 50 and Brexit

A lot has been said in the media about Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, and there are many rumblings on the internet about another route to leave the European Union: repealing the European Communities Act 1972. So what's going on with this, how should the UK proceed, and what pitfalls do we need to be aware of?
30/06/2016 14:04 BST
Win or Lose: Why Cameron Must Go as

Win or Lose: Why Cameron Must Go as PM

He has lost his credibility. He does not act in the best interests of Britain. That is simply not acceptable in a modern democratic society. Cameron must go as PM because he is operating a scorched earth policy against his own people.
16/06/2016 11:59 BST
Why the State Bank of India Backs

Why the State Bank of India Backs Brexit

Countries outside the European Union will welcome us with open arms if we vote to leave the European Union. It's a fact that is difficult for the official Leave campaign, or for UKIP, for Labour Leave, or for Leave.EU, to get across.
15/06/2016 12:55 BST
Army on the Streets: The Daily Reality of Brussels

Army on the Streets: The Daily Reality of Brussels Life

I'm sitting just ten feet away from two Belgian soldiers, as I begin writing this article (it'll be a week before I find the time to finish it). My brother would recognise their weapons immediately; I don't. They carry handguns in a holster and a what appears to be at least a semi-automatic rifle strapped across their chests.
02/06/2016 10:58 BST
Don't Try to Keep Nigel Off TV

Don't Try to Keep Nigel Off TV Debate

Nigel wins debates. He trounced Nick Clegg in the televised In/Out debate two years ago. He's the most experienced debater the Leave campaign has on the EU issue. He has a depth of knowledge about the EU that others don't. Winning the debate is in itself important; more important than Nigel's polling amongst undecided voters.
13/05/2016 11:52 BST
Where's Our Moral

Where's Our Moral Compass?

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.
28/03/2016 16:37 BST
No, Brexit Isn't a Risk to the

No, Brexit Isn't a Risk to the City

I understand that the 'in' campaign feels the need to scaremonger on these issues; after all, it is their primary tactic on the economy. Is there any substance to their claims? I don't see it.
22/02/2016 12:35 GMT