CSM EDITORIAL Since before the EU Referendum in June 2016 the Remain side has sold Project Fear. The constant warnings about Brexit have ranged from medicine shortages to grounded planes. Many of these threats have come from EU sources. The EU are clearly worried that the UK might just leave without making them a large payment and without staying in their system for another 24 months … Continue reading The EU Creaks
BY DAVID EYLES After the referendum and the General Election which followed it, both of the main parties stated categorically that they would uphold and enact the results of that referendum. In case readers should need reminding, this was to leave the European Union. It was not to play about on the edges, being halfway in or out; it was not to have another little … Continue reading Let them Eat Cake
BY JAMIE FOSTER The EU is trying to set up barriers to a UK/US trade deal by claiming that US food standards fall far below UK standards. This is a claim made by the US Ambassador to the UK speaking on the Today programme. It is a line that is being touted in the press recently. The NFU President Minette Batters said that US Standards … Continue reading USA Lower Food Standards Myths
CSM EDITORIAL Mrs May is off to Brussels to ask for a short delay to the Article 50 process. It is impossible to imagine what her short delay will achieve. The only point of it is to threaten MPs again that if they don’t vote for her deal they risk a no deal exit. This is a threat that has already been used extensively and … Continue reading Man Up May – Let’s Just Leave
CSM EDITORIAL The announcement by Nigel Farage that his Brexit Party is now a viable choice for the next European Elections in May – should it need to be used – is key. Should there be any significant delay to Brexit – and the European elections be fought by UK politicians (let’s hope not) – then the Tories and Labour can expect to lose most … Continue reading The Brexit Party Warning Shot
BY JAMIE FOSTER The Guardian was almost drunk with joy that ‘30 top intellectuals’ published their sentimental call to arms in which they claimed Europe was teetering on the brink of annihilation. You can imagine that these 30 top intellectuals have each other on speed dial just in case the moment presents itself to whine about the state of the world and warn of calamities … Continue reading The EU Fails Ordinary People
BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN We have learnt a great deal about our friends in Europe in recent weeks. France wants to plunder our fish, Brussels wants to command our army, while Spain wants to grab our land. The current government in Dublin, albeit increasingly rattled, cares far more for the EU than the UK. No wonder a growing portion of the British people – exhausted by … Continue reading The Folly of Focusing on Europe
BY SAM HOOPER Laughing at Britain’s Brexit woes might be justified if other countries were successfully tackling the pre-eminent problem of the early 21st century — reconciling meaningful democracy and self-determination with the imperative for global regulation and governance. But since no-one else has bothered to pick up the torch of destiny, maybe it’s time to rethink the self-satisfied mockery. Spare a thought for poor Ryan … Continue reading Is Brexit Boring You?
BY JAMIE FOSTER There is an air of desperation that surrounds Theresa May’s letter to the people of the UK, published on the 25th November. It is a call to join her in support of the deal she has made with Brussels sent over the heads of her MPs. It is hard to think what she believes it will achieve. Is it designed to cause … Continue reading Thoughts on May’s Letter
BY DAVID EYLES Thursday 15th November 2018 might perhaps go down in British political history as one to remember. More likely is that it will be remembered as only one of a series of skirmishes by the Westminster political classes. But by the end of the day, two cabinet ministers had resigned, and four junior ministers had done likewise. Initially it was thought that 48 … Continue reading May’s Vichy Britain?
CSM EDITORIAL Watching Theresa May doing a tour of radio stations has been eye-opening. No doubt one of her wonks has written her a list saying “sell the Brexit plan to the Cabinet, the DUP, the EU (twice), Parliament and the People. Radio and TV tour vital”. They left off the adjective “dead”. It is the wireless tour that May has been focusing on this … Continue reading Out of Touch
BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN It was pouring with rain. In a cloudburst and with a metal plate holding one’s leg together, Green Park underground station is a trek too far from Berkeley Square. I was close to late for my teatime appointment in Westminster. A black cab sat in front of me with its orange light on. I had some spare, shiny nuggets on me after … Continue reading A Most Unfair Divorce