Who benefits from Labour's continuing ambiguity on Brexit? The country, or the party? A few days ago Chuka Umunna put forward an amendment to the Queen's speech with the aim of securing our place in the Single Market & Customs Union. Jeremy Corbyn instructed his MPs to abstain on the amendment though 50 MPs "defied … Continue reading Chuka & the Whip – a Logical Analysis
Jeremy Corbyn, despite what many supporters believe, has historically been opposed to the EU. When this is discussed however generally rail nationalisation is raised as an example and it’s then pointed out that the EU doesn’t prevent state owned railways. It's then also pointed out that Labour policies aren't really that radical and that many … Continue reading Why is Corbyn Pro-Brexit?
There's a lot of confusion & mixed messages around hard brexit, soft brexit, open brexit, closed brexit however there's one very simple trick to cut through the deliberate fog. If you hear a politician talk about "Access to the Single Market", "Retain benefits of the Single Market", "Reform some aspects of the Single Market", "Tariff … Continue reading Brexit – “Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire”
One major theme from Brexit was the “patriotism” of the Brexiteers. They “believed in Britain” whereas Remainers were “traitors” who were “talking the country down”. May made specific reference to this when she challenged Corbyn’s patriotism. True patriots believed in Brexit and would "Make Britain Great again", we would take our country back not only from … Continue reading Brexit & Traitors
Twitter thread in blog form by request: 1 of the most bizarre aspects of the UK's current direction is that none of the Brexit Leadership expected this hard brexit. Looking back prior to the referendum, there were 2 schools of thought from Brexit leaders, and this drove 90% of their thinking: We would stay in … Continue reading The Brexit no-one wanted
Quick jotting down of one particular thought around the "Battle for Number 10" TV Election discussion. Like many of us I've been surprised/annoyed at how the majority of our TV journalists have essentially let Brexit and it's issues pass them by. Complex issues have been trivialized and, 10 months later, we've still yet to see … Continue reading Paxman & Battle for Nbr 10
Consistent message from Conservatives is "Vote for May to get a steady hand during EU negotiations". But of course it'll be David Davis who'll be our chief negotiator, not May so how much faith can we put in him to get us a good deal? Presumably, a key requirement for success in that deal would … Continue reading David Davis & Brexit Negotiations