Articles by Roger Liddle
Roger Liddle is Labour’s frontbench spokesperson on Europe in the House of Lords, a former adviser on European affairs to Tony Blair, and chair of Policy Network

How to Lose a Referendum

Roger Liddle  |  21 July 2017

Jason Farrell and Paul Goldsmith take a healthy long-lens view of the referendum, writes Roger Liddle ‘A device of dictators and demagogues.’ Clement Attlee’s curt dismissal of the referendum as a legitimate constitutional device had rather fallen out of fashion in recent decades. Yet the result of last year’s referendum on the United Kingdom’s membership of …

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Who is in control?

Roger Liddle  |  13 April 2017

Theresa May has limited her hard Brexit options, argues former Tony Blair adviser Roger Liddle The British political class may be obsessed with Brexit, but the continent’s political world is not. Among European social democrats, there is widespread sadness about Britain’s vote to leave: pained disbelief that for all the European Union’s manifest imperfections, anyone …

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Britain teeters on a cliff edge

Roger Liddle  |  9 March 2017

Labour peer Roger Liddle sets out why he felt forced to break the party whip over Brexit for the first time in his storied career Since I got in the Lords I have always loyally voted the party whip (making my views known behind the scenes when I had reservations about party policy). But in the last …

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Copeland is a historic defeat

Roger Liddle  |  24 February 2017

Jeremy Corbyn, and his opposition to all things nuclear, is to blame for Labour’s historic defeat in the Copeland byelection, argues Roger Liddle Labour has held Copeland and its very similar predecessor constituency of Whitehaven, continuously since 1935. 82 years ago, Frank Anderson, a railway clerk, won the seat back from the Conservatives by a narrow majority …

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Labour must not abandon internationalism

Roger Liddle  |  21 February 2017

Roger Liddle’s speech to the House of Lords calling on Labour to fight hard Brexit I want to address my brief remarks to my own benches. Whatever our differences on our response to last year’s referendum, we are all with some few exceptions pro-Europeans, including members of our frontbench who I count as good friends. …

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Speaking Out: Lessons in Life and Politics

Roger Liddle  |  10 November 2016

Ed Balls’ Speaking Out will be regarded as one of best written and readable political autobiographies of his generation. It is not in the class of Denis Healey’s The Time of My Life, though there are some interesting parallels between Balls and Healey – serious intellectuals with brilliant minds, both bruisers in build and temperament, …

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Corbynomics redux?

Roger Liddle  |  5 October 2016

One of the (few) positives of the leadership election and the Liverpool conference is that they forced Jeremy Corbyn to make speeches about policy. Up to then Corbyn had behaved like an Old Testament prophet who rails against austerity, inequality and social injustice. This appeal never loses its emotional power, but what is extraordinary about …

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A new deal for Europe

Roger Liddle  |  28 June 2016

The last few days have been much the worst emotional trauma of a long political life. As the referendum results came in on early Friday morning, one’s only feeling was one of deep pain: that decades of commitment to Britain in Europe, and the nobility of the goal of a united Europe, had seemingly ended …

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Putting Britain in limbo

Roger Liddle  |  20 June 2016

‘A vote to Leave is a vote to Leave’. This is true, but spare a thought for what happens then. The Leave campaign is adamant that ‘leaving’ is all very simple. It has announced a programme of six bills that after a Leave vote would separate Britain from the EU: repealing the 1972 European Communities …

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Cameron should draw a line under the renegotiation as soon as possible

Roger Liddle  |  15 December 2015

This Thursday David Cameron arrives in Brussels for one of the defining meetings of his premiership. The European council is set for a full discussion of his demands for a renegotiation of Britain’s relationship with the European Union. His reputation in history almost certainly depends on the outcome. Will he be remembered as the prime …

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