The Brexit talks have stalled, the negotiations are in deadlock, and the 30 June deadline to extend the transition is looming. Pragmatic Conservatives need to take stock and re-orientate. It is now clear that we need to keep a border from opening up in the Irish Sea. The fate of the Union is at stake, and although this looming crisis is overshadowed by the pandemic, we must not lose sight of the integrity of the United Kingdom.
Seventy-five years ago today, the Second World War came to an end in Europe.
8 May 1945 marked the end of the Nazi reign of tyranny, the end of night-time bombing raids and death marches, the end of unprecedented German crimes and the end of the Shoah, that betrayal of all civilised values. Here in Berlin, where the war of annihilation was conceived and from where it was unleashed, and whither it returned with the full force of destruction – we had planned to commemorate this day jointly with others.
We thought we missed something? A brief check around colleagues in the Conservative Group for Europe indicated very little exposure to the “Get ready for BREXIT” campaign. Only last night did the campaign seem to move onto TV.Read more
The Conservative Group for Europe sponsored a 3-day International Policy Seminar which was organised by our youth wing – the Young CGE. This is the second international conference which YCGE has organised within the past 6 months, and we are most pleased they are growing in strength, size and complexity.Read more
The “MayMinusMinus” Deal does not #GetBrexitDone: electorate will punish #AnyDeal MPs
“#GetBrexitDone”. Get it over with. We are tired. We are fed up. We voted three and a half years ago. This is what the politicians tell us people are saying. Of course, it’s understandable to want to bring Brexit to a close – even if the “close” favoured by many is actually to cancel the whole thing. The electorate, though, is sure to punish MPs who assure them now that Brexit is done, only for it to dominate the agenda again. Here we set out the ticking time bombs that the deal creates.
If the Deal passes, someone has been lied to
Northern Ireland’s place in the union is hanging off the edge of a cliff and the DUP has been thrown under the bus. The Prime Minister lied to them as he has done to so many others, abandoning his previous commitment to avoiding a hard border between Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
In the immediate aftermath of the referendum, there was little evidence of the depths of division that have since developed in United Kingdom. The Scottish Nationalists played a predicable hand, there were disagreements about the tactics and truthfulness of both campaigns, but it was all normal within political debate.
A ‘No Deal’ Brexit threatens the integrity and the security of the United Kingdom and Europe, By Emlyn WilliamsOctober 07, 2019
For many centuries the United Kingdom has traded with its European neighbours. A well-known and effective precursor of the European Union was the Hanseatic League - set up in 1241 by cities bordering the North Sea and the Baltic, the League promoted international cooperation, established reliable seaborne links and developed secure warehouse facilities.Read more