The challenge of the £100 million public service campaign to explain Brexit, by Michael Cluff

August 06, 2019

In the last few days the new government appear to have suggested that between now and the end of October there will be a £100 million campaign across TV, press and digital media to help businesses and individuals prepare for a No Deal Brexit. In common with many recent announcements, the challenge may be turning the rhetoric into practical delivery.


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YCGE and New Democracy UK co-host event in Parliament with the Rt Hon. Dominic Grieve QC MP & Louis Loizou, Chair of Hellenic Bankers Association

July 24, 2019

On Thursday 18th July, YCGE and the UK-based branch of the Greek political party New Democracy, co-hosted an event in Parliament with the Rt Hon. Dominic Grieve QC MP and Louis Loizou, Chair of Hellenic Bankers Association.


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Brexit Could Succeed Where Germany Failed in Two Wars by Richard Peirce

July 22, 2019

Twice in the last century the United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland and its allies went to war with Germany and its allies.  Twice Germany, the second time led by Hitler, failed to destroy the United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland.  Brexit now threatens to destroy the UK and succeed where Germany failed, and the spectre of a return to serious terrorism and violence looms over Ulster once again.  Young British soldiers may again die within the British Isles because voters and politicians failed to take into account the issues that could arise with the return of a hard border across Ireland.


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Cognitive dissonance and the free trade challenge, By Martin Smith

July 21, 2019

How Tory No-Deal Brexiters mimic the Left

It is often said by those on the Centre-Right that Socialists suffer from a particular form of cognitive dissonance regarding the repeated failure of their ideology: to achieve their stated goals of reducing poverty, they continue to advocate for policies that have the effect of increasingpoverty. They have achieved a perfect separation between the intentionsof a policy and its results.


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Brexit dogma is a one-way ticket to extinction for London's Tories, by Barnaby Towns

June 21, 2019

This article was initially published by City A.M. and shared on the CGE website with the agreement of the author.

As the race to succeed Theresa May as Conservative party leader and Prime Minister heats up, London Tories have their own identity crisis to worry about.


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Brexit has destroyed the Conservative art of statecraft - and it could take decades to rebuild - Barnaby Towns

June 19, 2019

This article was initially published by The Independent and shared on the CGE website with the agreement of the author.

Some 10 Conservative leadership elections have taken place since that party’s MPs first directly elected the country’s leader. Edward Heath’s 1965 election, completed in days rather than weeks, ended the reign of what Tory rising star Iain MacLeod called the "magic circle" of Old Etonians. This undemocratic process had, McLeod complained, stitched up Alec Douglas-Home’s elevation as leader, and therefore prime minister, in 1963.


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The CGE AGM - continued successes, increasing activity and many plans for the coming year

June 18, 2019

The Conservative Group for Europe AGM took place at the splendid Council Room of One Great George Street - right across from the Houses of Parliament. The room was full, with extra chairs at the back and a number of participants standing. The atmosphere was very positive, upbeat and optimistic with inspiring speeches, convivial discussions and many plans for the future.


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YCGE attends EDS Study Mission in Cyprus

May 01, 2019

An Island with a deep and long history, host to civilizations from the Phoenicians onwards; oozing with natural beauty and a rich culture, Cyprus is a jewel in the Mediterranean. Yet it is Europe’s last divided nation as well. It’s division, history and future prospects were the focus of the three day EDS study mission to Larnaca, where I was honored to represent the YCGE. We were hosted by our friends in EDS, FPK Protoporia, with delegations from across Europe, South America and Lebanon.


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'We need to leave one way or the other...' by Martin Smith

April 06, 2019

What an interesting interview Geoffrey Cox gave the other day, similar to a recent one from Michael Fabricant. Effectively, he said, we just need to leave. The terms don’t matter. It’s what people voted for, so let’s just honour the referendum and leave. Indeed.


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‘No deal’ – are the people right? by Richard Barfield

April 02, 2019

The Commons vote on 29 March that rejected the Withdrawal Agreement increased the likelihood of the UK leaving the European Union on 12 April with ‘no deal’.  Cabinet ministers have described the consequences of ‘no deal’ as catastrophic. However, in six polls since 1 February 2019, an average of 43% of voters have said that the UK should, if the Commons cannot agree a deal, leave the EU with ‘no deal’.  On 27 March, 160 MPs, 25% of MPs, voted in support of ‘no deal’.


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