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Jonathan Arnott MEP: How do people from outside the EU view Brexit?

25 April 2016

When we look at Britain’s membership of the European Union, we often do so from an insider’s perspective. From British citizens to citizens of other European Union countries, we feel as though we have a vested interest one way or the other in the result. I meet people from other European countries who, for one… [Read More]

Obama provides a unique opportunity to discover how the world sees the UK

22 April 2016

When the president of the most powerful country in the world comes to the UK to offer advice on the biggest choice facing the British people, it provides a unique opportunity to discover how the world sees the UK. Writing in The Telegraph, Obama candidly states that, ‘‘the challenges facing the EU — migration, economic… [Read More]

Obama and ‘the people themselves’

President Obama appears to have no awareness of how the founders of his own country thought about freedom and democracy. Thomas Jefferson, a founding father and the third American president, argued: ‘I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves’. James Madison, the fourth American president, said… [Read More]

Stuart Agnew MEP: The EU and Agriculture

The EU is riven with contradictions. Take the vote last week to ban the herbicide glyphosate in seven years’ time. This material has been of enormous benefit to farmers over the last 40 years and has an excellent safety record. The World Health Organisation classify it as ‘probably carcinogenic’, which sounds alarming until you see… [Read More]

Jamila Nana of Africans For Britain: Why I back Brexit

19 April 2016

First of all, I am neither British nor from a Commonwealth Nation. In fact, I was born in France and should Britain exit the EU, my countries of origin in Africa: Burkina-Faso and the Ivory coast are unlikely to benefit directly or immediately. Some argue my Euroscepticism is misguided, since I benefited from free movement… [Read More]

Injured majesty and the EU’s rulers

18 April 2016

Mrs Merkel’s decision to prosecute a German comedian for making jokes at the expense of the Turkish president, Recep Erdogan, tells us something  about the political culture of the EU? The lèse-majesté law dates from the days when German political institutions were authoritarian and Emperors felt they had more in common with other rulers than… [Read More]

George Osborne and the impact of economic uncertainty

The Treasury’s reactionary pessimism about our economic prospects outside the EU relies heavily on the assumption that leaving will cause uncertainty, which will result in lower business investment. Let’s agree that if we vote for independence we will not initially know what the EU will agree to, which means there could be 10% tariffs on… [Read More]

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