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EU Referendum

Toby Young: Why I’ll be voting Leave on 23 June

17 March 2016

I’m a bit loath to begin this post by pointing out that the forthcoming referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union is the most important choice the electorate has faced in a generation, even though it is. Why? Because it’s not in the interests of my side to shore up people’s interest in this… [Read More]


Why do so few Labour MPs stand up for self-governing democracy?

Until 1988 the Labour party was steadfast in its opposition to the transfer of power to Brussels and determined to uphold self-government in Britain. In 1988 it was persuaded by Jacques Delors that it would be able to use the powers of the EU to force ‘social Europe’ on Britain against the wishes of the… [Read More]


Five reasons why big business is not trusted on the EU

7 March 2016

The government thinks it can frighten people into voting to stay in the EU by getting businesses to say that leaving will threaten investment and jobs. Their assumption is that it worked for the Scottish referendum and it could tip the balance in the EU vote. There are at least five reasons why it’s not… [Read More]


Many countries trade with the EU without free movement of people

2 March 2016

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said on the Today programme (2 March 2016): ‘It is not credible to suggest that you could have continued access to the single market without having to accept freedom of movement of labour.’ And yet the EU already gives access to goods and services to several nations without requiring free movement.… [Read More]


Project Fear: It’s Mr Cameron that’s afraid

29 February 2016

In an article for the Sunday Telegraph David Cameron admitted that he is afraid of the risks we face if we leave the EU. A vote to leave, he insisted, would be the ‘gamble of the century’. Mr Cameron has been accused of leading Project Fear, a campaign to frighten members of the public into… [Read More]


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