Adieu People’s Vote

BY ALEXIA JAMES Such a tragedy that the People’s Vote campaign is disintegrating before our eyes. Is it possible to think of a more noble and democratic campaign in the history of these islands? A campaign that attracted such an array of political stardust? Is that the end of those wonderful marches? No more splendid placards or exaggerated crowd statistics?  I do fear for Supergirl’s … Continue reading Adieu People’s Vote

More Concessions Required

CSM EDITORIAL The decision taken by the Brexit Party to not stand in the 317 seats won by the Conservatives in 2017 is a big step forward towards Brexit and something this magazine has campaigned for of late: “It seems nonsensical that people will vote for the Brexit Party in seats where they will split the vote and let a Liberal Democrat or Labour candidate … Continue reading More Concessions Required

Localism is Best?

BY PHIL DEEKS Imagine a group of countries, each with varying histories and cultures (some linked, some not), each with distinct economies (some developed, some not) and each with their own domestic concerns. Is it wise for them to follow the same monetary and social policies as each other? I posed this question on Twitter to a follower group of a left/liberal bent. 85% of … Continue reading Localism is Best?

Blessing in Disguise

BY ALEXIA JAMES Jo Swinson is annoying. Her squawking is annoying. Her hardline remainiac position is annoying. Her chatting with the EU behind the back of the British Government is beyond annoying. However, it’s pretty clear already, only months into her leadership of the Liberal Democrats, that – for Brexiteers at least – she’s a blessing in disguise. Rather than splitting the Tory vote at … Continue reading Blessing in Disguise

Time to Get Under Bercow’s Skin

BY DAVID EYLES Last week John Bercow, Speaker of the House of Commons, discussed the mechanics of leaving the EU directly with the President of the EU Parliament, David Sassoli. The YouTube clip of Mr Sassoli’s statement on this subject is here. The following is my transcript of Mr Sassoli’s statement to the EU Parliament on the 9th October: ” …I also had a fruitful discussion … Continue reading Time to Get Under Bercow’s Skin

No Deal No EU Army

BY JAMIE FOSTER Should the unlikely happen and a deal materialise, a group of Tory MPs are considering voting against Boris Johnson’s divorce deal unless commitments to EU defence are removed from it. At present the divorce deal promises to keep the UK linked to a series of EU military structures including the European Defence Fund, the European Defence Agency and Permanent Structured Cooperation. This … Continue reading No Deal No EU Army