With the date for Brexit delayed – for how long we do not know – Parliament now has the chance to take control. The possibility of a second referendum will come alive again, and again, for how long we cannot tell. Is it as good or as bad an idea as the partisans on either side say?
Since the 2016 Referendum the Conservative Group for Europe has campaigned to maintain close and co-operative relations with the European Union and against a ‘No Deal’ but has not adopted a single view on the way forward. Alarmed by the current impasse and continued national divisions the organisation has balloted its members in the country to seek a mandate on its campaigning stance.
On Thursday 31st of January the Right Honorable Dominic Grieve QC MP was hosted at Royal Holloway, University of London in an event by YCGE and the Conservative Association of Royal Holloway.
On 15th January 2019, the House of Commons rejected the deal negotiated by the government for exiting the European Union, which should come into effect on 29th March. The United Kingdom is now in a situation of deep uncertainty with not knowing how the future will look like. Will there be a soft, or hard Brexit? Can there be found an agreement on how Britain’s departure from the EU should happen?Read more
It is fair to say that Brexiters love Professor Patrick Minford. The heterodox economist is routinely praised by Jacob Rees Mogg for his ‘remarkable track record’.1 Nigel Farage in 2015 called him a ‘top economist’ whilst citing analysis from Breitbart by another prominent Brexiteer, Raheem Kassam.2 This should not be surprising; Minford and his group Economists for Brexit, are the only ‘experts’ to predict any kind of positive economic benefit from Britain’s departure from the EU.Read more
Today, Parliament watched by the entire nation must make Britain's most momentous choice for generations.
For their ‘meaningful vote’ each MP must now assess what's best both for their constituents and for the country. Only “fools and fanatics” will reject the best economic evidence available.
Eddisbury MP and Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Group for Europe, Antoinette Sandbach has produced a rebuttal (available below) to claims made in a report published by Global Britain co-authored by Lord Lilley and Brendan Chilton. The Global Britain report sets out 30 reasons why a no deal Brexit would be beneficial for the UK and would not be chaotic, as many businesses and experts believe. This report has a number of oversimplifications and inaccuracies. It could lead the public to believe that a no deal Brexit could be delivered without economic damage. Antoinette’s rebuttal document examines the claims made in this report and lays out the facts, which are very different from those presented by Global Britain.
How right Bill Clinton was right to stress the importance of economic consequences. For sure, leaving the EU will not be the cake walk some were led to believe. There will be major economic pain: the constant drip of cancelled investments, lost jobs and an increasing flow of companies relocating parts of their businesses. Not to mention the scary prospect of cliff-edge scenarios. However, there is much more to Brexit than just economics. We ignore at our peril four irrefutable political truths.Read more
When Liam Fox, one of the Cabinet’s leading Brexiteers, assesses the chances of Brexit happening this year at roughly 50/50, this should serve as a clarion call to those of us who hope a second referendum will give us the chance to reverse Brexit. There is a huge amount of work to do if we are really to achieve this.