Jon Worth Euroblog

EU analysis, cross-posted to Blogactiv

Imagine you have just been thrown into a tank at a sewage treatment plant. It reeks like hell, you have nothing solid to grip, and you’re flailing around madly trying to grasp something firm to hold onto, but you never manage. That’s what it has felt like to try to debate Brexit online this past …

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My earlier post about immigration in the UK and Labour’s response to it prompted this reply from Rob Ford at the University of Manchester: At one level this is right – my post does not propose any reform of immigration rules as part of the solution. But this then started a lengthy Twitter debate and …

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There has been quite some heated reaction to Guy Verhofstadt saying he backs the idea of individual Brits somehow being able to retain EU citizenship after Brexit, for a fee (Guardian story here). This builds on the initial proposal of Luxembourg liberal MEP Charles Goerens. This is a pretty complicated and multi-faceted debate, and I …

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Today – even by the standards of the speed of news about Brexit – has been an extraordinary day. Here are the five stand out issues: A leaked memo shows the UK government has no Brexit plan and estimates that 30000 civil servants are going to be needed to make Brexit work – The Guardian. While …

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Now, 5 months on from the EU referendum, I am growing rather tired of people over-interpreting what the referendum meant, and trying to use something that happened before 23rd June to justify what should happen now. First of all, the referendum question – it was: Should the UK remain a member of the European Union …

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UPDATE 24.11.16, 1945 According to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf the plans have been put on ice for now! Good. Let’s hope they do not ever advance further! Put yourselves in the shoes of a terrorist for a moment. You need to transport your home made bomb from Frankfurt (Main) in Germany to Brussels in Belgium. …

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My first reaction to the Trump-Farage pictures last night was to be repulsed, not least because the group picture also shows Arron Banks and Raheem Kassam there with him – a nastier threesome in British politics would be harder to find. My second reaction was to think the opulent background, and the smug grins, might …

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“So what does Brexit mean?” “It means Britain will leave the EU.” “Is that it?” “Essentially yes. The referendum asked the British people whether they wanted to Remain in the EU or Leave the EU. A majority said they wanted to Leave.” (have a look at the ballot paper here) “Why can’t Britain just get …

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