BY EFFIE DEANS We have all rather forgotten about Brexit in the past few months. Whatever damage Brexit might have done to the economy is trivial compared to what Covid has done. Being locked up in our homes with an illness killing thousands with no end in sight has rather put other matters in perspective. If we can manage Covid and we will have to, … Continue reading No Deal & Scotland
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
BY NICK PEARCE Mrs May’s deal is not Brexit. Even if she manages to get a concession on the backstop then the deal is still a stinker. MPs should not be scared of “no deal”. It provides a genuine exit door for the UK from the EU. All the other options on the table, including May’s deal, are BRINO (Brexit in Name Only) or worse. … Continue reading No Deal Better than a Bad Deal
BY BEN EAGLE It is looking increasingly likely that Britain will be crashing out of the EU without a deal. Whilst I don’t condone the recent words of Donald Tusk condemning leading Brexiteers, as somebody trying to look to the future in farming I cannot pretend that part of me wanted to thank him for saying it. Brexit has unleashed uncertainty in all sectors but … Continue reading Sheep Farming & No Deal
BY JAMIE FOSTER Just when we thought there was no possible way forward in the Brexit arrangements a plan has emerged that may signal a solution. The plan which has drawn support from both remain and leave MPs is the so called Malthouse compromise, named after Conservative MP Kit Malthouse who brought the different factions together. It is a plan with two halves. The first, … Continue reading The Malthouse Compromise
BY ALEXIA JAMES The last 48 hours have so rattled Camp Remoan that they have reached a whole new pitch of shrillness. Polly Toynbee cracked off proceedings with this pearl: What was 'the will of people' is now 'the will of dead people'.From Saturday, new young remain voters on register tip the balance v old dead leavers.Time for a Final Say Referendumhttps://t.co/kgNiwm334R — Polly Toynbee … Continue reading Down the Remoan Hole
CSM EDITORIAL Sir Vince Cable calls us Brexiteers “fundamentalists”. We are to blame for future years of economic pain and are supposed to have had an “erotic spasm” in voting to leave the EU. We’ve taken a lot in the last years. I guess that is the price of winning the EU Referendum. The last standing Remainers are as Nick Clegg predicted for the Brexiteers … Continue reading Salzburg May’s Munich?
BY JOHN ISMAEL Theresa May would do well to spend some time today in the sales office of a photocopier firm, or in the company of an insurance salesman. No doubt Anglian Windows or some other well-honed sales operation exists in this fine and (still) capitalist country where she could sit for a few hours and listen to the sales experience of hard-skinned salespeople. What … Continue reading Death of a Salesman
BY JAMIE FOSTER It is hard to say at this stage if we are headed for a ‘no deal’ Brexit. The EU’s negotiating position is that the talks must be dealt with in two halves. Firstly the ‘divorce issues’ must be negotiated. These are Britain’s financial commitments, the rights of EU and UK citizens after Brexit and the issue of the Irish border. Only when … Continue reading Grounded Planes?