There was an idea not so long ago, even among many Irish people, that it was time to move on from the past... Post-Brexit, however, I suspect this relatively recent sense of equanimity is being put to the test.
As someone who moves in moderate circles, I have cause to talk to people on both the Left and Right of the political spectrum. With Brexit dominating the political sphere, I've already made several discussions of Brexit from a wide range of perspectives, but I was reminded the other day that plenty on the economic Left … Continue reading The EU is not a Neoliberal Organisation – no matter what the Left says
Three broadly pro-European arguments against the notion of 'taking back control' from the 'evil overlords' in Brussels.
A Ukraine-plus arrangement could therefore be the deal that May is looking for – no European Court of Justice oversight, a trade deal that does not include free movement of people, room for third country agreements and security and defence collaborations. This could achieve most of May’s white paper objectives and appeal to the different factions in her party.
...their opposition to May’s deal is logically inconsistent with their own argument that May has underplayed the UK’s hand. The trade negotiations that will now ensue, if parliament accepts the withdrawal deal, is their chance to prove that the EU does need the UK just as much as the UK needs the EU – and that it’s possible for the UK to secure long-term access to EU markets without undermining its trade policy autonomy.
It is now more than two years since Britons voted to leave the EU. But what has been learned in that time about what British people want for their future relationship with the EU?
If we discount the notion of some grand idiocy on the part of the 17 million or so people who voted for Brexit, the only way it makes sense is if we suppose leavers actually want the disaster we see forecast – consciously or otherwise...
If we're really interested in bridging the gap, the first step in that would be to let people talk about these issues calmly and fairly, without branding Brexiteers as ignorant racists, or calling Remainers undemocratic elitists.