"Parliament is incapable of settling Brexit. We need a second referendum." Dominic Grieve

December 30, 2018

In an opinion piece for The Guardian published this weekend, The Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC MP, former Attorney General and current Chair of CGE, explains that, "Parliament is deadlocked. The Brexit tin can that has been kicked down the road since June 2016 is now lodged firmly in the machinery of Westminster, bringing parliament to a grinding halt... One obvious solution, which is fast gaining support, is to hand the issue back to the country. I would add that we also need formally to take no deal Brexit off the table, because that way lies chaos and disaster." Read the full article here.

What's the problem with Super Canada?

December 02, 2018

Many advocates of a ‘clean break’ or ‘hard’ Brexit believe that Britain should be aiming to conclude an agree with the EU that uses the Canada- EU CETA free trade deal as its model. This would aim to make a virtue of having no closer ties between Britain and our nearest neighbours than between Canada and Western Europe even though they are about 2,500 miles apart. Financial expert and Conservative Councillor Gerard Fox writes for the Conservative Group for Europe on why the Canada +++ model is not the right way forward. Indeed, his new paper ‘The problem with Super Canada’ concludes that a Super Canada deal even in its most idealised form would fall substantially short of the economic access that Britain currently enjoys to EU markets with adverse immediate and long-term consequences for economic growth, Foreign Direct Investment and trade.

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YCGE event with Antoinette Sandbach MP at Royal Holloway

November 16, 2018

On Thursday the 15th of November, YCGE and the Conservative Association of Royal Holloway hosted Antoinette Sandbach MP for a discussion ‘On a Brexit for Students’. This was held in the Arts Building at Royal Holloway, University of London.


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The draft agreement on the withdrawal of the UK from the EU

November 14, 2018

Discover the document that's in the headlines across Europe and the world - the draft agreement on the withdrawal of the UK from the EU, as agreed at negotiators' level on 14 November 2018.

Just click below to see what all the buzz is about.

People’s Vote – a must have!

October 27, 2018

The binary choice offered to the British people during the Referendum just over two years ago has spawned countless more choices as complexities, contradictions and consequences just keep on coming to the fore. The process is made even more difficult simply because the United Kingdom is leaving of its own volition but without a real plan and is negotiating with an admittedly surprised but also resolute and clear-sighted European Union.

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‘Brexit is scaring investment and business away from Britain' by Cllr. Stephanos Ioannou

October 15, 2018

How many times have you and I turned on the TV only to hear that yet another business has decided to close the books, pack the bags, and head over to the continent opposite the Channel?

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The EFTA/EEA Option

September 25, 2018

It was a great pleasure to discuss the EFTA/EEA option with Conservative Group for Europe members on Sept 5th. We had a lively and interesting debate on what is still a very misunderstood, but valuable, Brexit option.

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Fixing the Exit Date: A Terrible Gamble

October 06, 2017

"The proposal to amend the European Union Withdrawal Bill to specify the date and time on which the United Kingdom will leave the European Union – 11.00PM on 29th March 2019 – is a terrible gamble.

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Keeping the Bridges Open – Alternatives for Transition

September 04, 2017

Keeping the bridges open provides answers to three questions:

  • What problems require transitional arrangements?

  • How can a Transitional Agreement be structured to give certainty?

  • How are the EU institutions (both Council and Parliament) and the individual nation states whose consent will be required to be persuaded to agree to transitional arrangements that they may regard as simply protecting the UK from the consequences of its own stupidity?

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UK Government should change course in Brexit negotiations to build a new, constructive relationship with the EU

March 13, 2017

A new policy paper released today by the Conservative Group for Europe (CGE), the main campaign group for Conservative pro-Europeans, argues that the risks are high that the outcome of the exit negotiations will cause significant damage to the political and economic interests of both Britain and the EU, blighting relations for a generation. The CGE brings together over 30 Parliamentarians as members, with Ken Clarke MP as President and Neil Carmichael MP as Chairman.


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