European Union

Politics is not a game

Alison McGovern MP  |  18 July 2017

The Tories have lost their mandate for their assault on public services, a hard Brexit and the divisive politics they pursue ‘Politics is not a game’. As Theresa May soundbites go it certainly looks to have a better shelf life than ‘strong and stable’ and it is as resonant today as ever. Not just because …

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Parliamentary damage limitation

Heidi Alexander MP  |  17 July 2017

The general election has changed the nature of the Brexit debate in Westminster For those of us in the Labour party who want to put the brakes on Brexit, the result of the general election last month means it is ‘game on’. Whether we can stop Brexit or simply shape it remains to be seen …

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Nationalism or the national interest

Pat McFadden MP  |  11 July 2017

The Brexit choice is clear, and voices within Labour will continue to push for the economic interests of the country, writes Pat McFadden MP Before the general election it looked as though the United Kingdom’s Brexit path was clear: nationalist ideology would trump economic interest. There would be no single market, whatever the damage, no …

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A new establishment

Editorial  |  7 July 2017

There are lessons for all sides from this general election Just weeks ago Labour looked consigned to the opposition benches for decades. The Tories had a lock on older voters, a prime minister with impressive personal ratings, and talented campaigners in the back rooms. They had plans to use the levers of power to manipulate …

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A betrayal of British values

Ivana Bartoletti  |  6 July 2017

Relegating European Union migrants to second-class citizens would be economically unfounded and ethically dubious, writes Fabian Women’s Network chair Ivana Bartoletti Much has been said in recent weeks about the rights of European citizens who have made Britain their home, and I want to spell out why Theresa May’s offer is fundamentally flawed. First, I do not want …

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The silence of the libertarians

Kuba Stawiski  |  28 June 2017

That David Davis is opposed to identification cards for British citizens, but not European Union migrants, sets a very worrying precedent, writes Young Fabians secretary Kuba Stawiski It is frankly astonishing how quickly the defenders of civil liberties disappear when the subject of immigration is breached. Now, as part of the ‘generous and serious offer’, Britain’s zombie …

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Is the single market back on the table?

Mary Honeyball MEP  |  26 June 2017

The longer Brexit negotiations draw on, the stronger the hand of those that wish to remain in the single market and customs union becomes, argues Mary Honeyball MEP at Progress annual conference 2017 Ever since the result of the ill-fate referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union was known just over a year ago, the …

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Fighting for the single market

Peter Hain  |  23 June 2017

The Labour party must be in the vanguard of the struggle to keep the United Kingdom in the single market, argues former cabinet minister Peter Hain As Jeremy Corbyn has argued, Labour must prioritise jobs and the economy over Brexit – which, for those Labour parliamentarians who have signed a new statement, means staying in the …

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The Tories’ death rattle sounds

Stephen Beer  |  22 June 2017

A threadbare, unimaginative Queen’s speech leaves Theresa May’s government on the cusp of a very early demise, writes Stephen Beer The Queen’s speech was a vivid representation of the state into which the Conservative party has got both itself and the country. To have any chance of securing the approval of parliament, the government had …

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Two Tory Brexits

Seema Malhotra MP  |  21 June 2017

Theresa May has been undermined by her chancellor. There are now two Brexit strategies at the heart of government, writes Seema Malhotra MP This week at Mansion House, the chancellor Phillip Hammond gave an extraordinary speech that made it quite clear that he had given up the pretence that the government approach of a hard …

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