Articles by Pat McFadden MP
Pat McFadden MP a former shadow secretary of state for business, innovation and skills

Parliamentary democracy has not ended

Pat McFadden MP  |  17 February 2017

The hysterical response to Tony Blair’s speech betrays the Leave campaign’s fear that they will be held to account for their campaign promises, argues Pat McFadden MP Tony Blair knows that whenever he makes a speech there is first the “shoot the messenger” issue – those on both right and left who will not engage with …

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A vacuum to fill

Pat McFadden MP  |  14 July 2016

We must speak clearly about what kind of country we want to be, writes Pat McFadden The pound down 10 per cent against the dollar. Global stock markets jittery. Scotland threatening a second referendum on independence. Leadership elections in both main British political parties. An increase in attacks on immigrants. The shockwaves from the United Kingdom’s referendum …

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Obama, Britain’s friends and the realities of power 

Pat McFadden MP  |  21 April 2016

Out into the world’ was the slogan of the Brexiteers’ predecessors in the 1975 European referendum. In a similar vein, Leave campaigners in this referendum have argued that the United Kingdom’s future lies not in remaining a member of the European Union with our neighbours but instead in looking to the United States and the …

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Labour must show leadership on the EU

Pat McFadden MP  |  13 March 2016

It is good to be here at Progress. Good to be among an audience that takes pride in Labour’s achievements in government and wants to get back there again. Good to be with friends who see building a winning coalition and governing the country not as the desertion of Labour’s principles but as the means …

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Three lessons learned about Ireland, Brexit and referendums

Pat McFadden MP  |  28 January 2016

I have recently returned from a short trip to Dublin where I had been invited to speak to the Institute of International and European Affairs in Dublin about Brexit and what the consequences could be for the British-Irish relationship. There are three main things I learned on the trip. 1. Ireland is worried about Brexit …

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To lead is to choose

Pat McFadden MP  |  8 September 2015

Over the past week, the debate over the forthcoming European referendum has been dominated by questions of process, when far bigger issues should inform consideration of our future. First, the Electoral Commission recommended a change in the question on the ballot paper from a simple yes/no question to asking people to choosing between two statements …

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No Brexit

Pat McFadden MP  |  3 June 2015

Labour’s pro-Europeans must stick to their guns, writes Pat McFadden Labour’s general election defeat means the government’s proposed referendum on British membership of the European Union will go ahead. It is the prime minister’s top priority. It featured strongly in the Conservative manifesto and the government has placed it at the centre of the Queen’s …

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Merkel’s message to Cameron

Pat McFadden MP  |  6 January 2015

When Angela Merkel arrives for talks in London tomorrow she will no doubt be publicly supportive of Britain’s continued membership of the European Union. She has previously made clear Britain is a valued member of the EU and that Germany wants Britain to stay in. On this visit, just months away from a general election, …

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Brexit by default

Pat McFadden MP  |  18 July 2014

Britain’s moorings as a member of the European Union have become looser in recent weeks. It is too early to say yet that we are on the path towards exit, but that prospect seems a little more likely. First there were the European elections, with the United Kingdom Independence party harvesting voters’ pain over immigration, …

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‘Take our country back’? I’d rather take it forward

Pat McFadden MP  |  21 May 2014

However many votes the United Kingdom Independence party win in tomorrow’s European elections, what Britain has witnessed in the past few weeks is a battle between the future and the past. The reason many politicians and journalists have struggled to characterise Ukip and understand its appeal is because it is not just another political party. …

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