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Posts Tagged ‘Europe


July 3, 2016

The UK press today is full of the contest to become leader of the Tory party and (presumably) the next Prime Minister. The winner will have to decide when to trigger Article 50. (With the extreme possibility of a second referendum and reversing the OUT verdict.) Before that action the PM will need a clear […]


June 30, 2016

That is something I did not expect at all. In his speech there was a comment about not being able to provide the type of leadership needed. That is easy to believe (too confrontational) but having him say so is a real turn up. Between  the two front-runners now, May and Gove, I will find […]


June 28, 2016

The mood is calming down, but not fast and not yet enough. Some European leaders seem to see solving the freedom of movement problem as the key to amicable UK membership. Nobody has given enough attention to the gap between overall objectives. I wonder what is in the minds of those who call for ever-closer […]


June 26, 2016

As the days go by, comments about BREXIT show less instant reaction and a bit more thought. Some sense is appearing through the mist of shock and recrimination. A piece in The Times today dealt with the OUT vote by  labour supporters in defiance of the official labour line. It seemed to suggest that those […]


June 25, 2016

  Predictably, some Remainers are saying “I told you so”. Yes, they did, but we still voted OUT. Time will show whether the awfulness will be as bad as they promised. There is general assent to the mantra that “The will of the people must be respected” yet voices are still saying “The people got […]


June 24, 2016

Brexit has won the referendum.  My side won. How do I feel now? Surprised. Because I thought a lot of LEAVE voters would chicken out at the last moment. Frightened. Because we must now make it work, and that is going to be tough. Relieved. Because our future in the EU would be national  annihilation. […]


June 22, 2016

Tomorrow we vote. On Friday morning it will all be over. How will I feel?  If LEAVE wins I shall be excited by a new, unexplored, adventurous world. If REMAIN wins I shall be disappointed but not greatly surprised. I suspect that some people will run for cover at the last moment and give in […]


June 20, 2016

The LEAVE campaign and the REMAIN campaign seem to have almost equal support. Will anything new be said in the last few days? The strategists have stuck so far with The Economy for REMAIN and Immigration for LEAVE. Presumably they have identified target groups where these are the things that matter most. Do their arguments […]


June 18, 2016

Only five full days before the referendum vote. It makes one think, “Could I be wrong? Am I making a serious mistake?” The answer from this Brexiteer is “No”. I am still going to vote OUT. I think the stagnant pit into which the EU is heading is the greatest danger of all. But what […]


June 16, 2016

Some comments were reported today from an influential source inside the EU, saying that they would be better off without us. Words like that show that they are at least taking BREXIT seriously. It is a sound enough comment from people who see any questioning of their vision as heresy. If you want a united, […]