European Union

Will Macron bring Britain back into the EU?

Alan Lockey  |  10 May 2017

Emmanuel Macron is determined to reform the European Union – if he succeeds he might pave Britain’s way back in, argues Alan Lockey The symbolism was inescapable. As the masses thronged in the courtyard of the Palais du Louve, the tenth president of the Fifth Republic strode out to meet them backed by a cacophonous …

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Ignoring Brexit during this election would be a mistake

Stephen Kinnock MP  |  26 April 2017

Imagine driving through central London, at rush hour, with no traffic lights. Imagine the Merseyside derby (the fixture that has seen more red cards than any other in British football) being played without a referee. Imagine flights trying to land at Heathrow without any air traffic controllers. It probably would not end well, would it? …

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What has changed?

Stella Creasy MP  |  20 April 2017

How do the policy challenges of 1997 compare with the ones we face today, asks Stella Creasy Tony Blair did not send a single email in office. The 1997 manifesto pledged to get rid of outside toilets in schools, such was the condition of our public services. Back then people went into shops to book …

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Brexit on the ballot

Stephen Beer  |  19 April 2017

Delivering a Brexit that is socially justice must be at the heart of Labour’s general election campaign, writes Stephen Beer Facing this election, once again Labour faces the challenge of explaining clearly what it will do to promote a better economy. This subject cannot be avoided. Credibility is key. Yet this time it is linked, …

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I left the Lib Dems and so should others

Alex Warnakulasuriya  |  19 April 2017

No self-respecting progressive should get into bed with a party that propped up David Cameron and George Osborne for five years, writes Alex Warnakulasuriya I joined the Liberal Democrats in October 2016. I joined Tim Farron’s #libdemfightback (ugh) seeking refuge from the maelstrom engulfing the Labour party. I saw their resurgence in the polls as an opportunity …

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The fight of progressives’ lives

Richard Angell  |  18 April 2017

Labour members must bust a gut to elect as many Labour members of parliament as possible and stop a hard Brexit, writes Progress director Richard Angell This morning Theresa May broke another promise and plunged the country towards an early election. She will use the next seven weeks to ram through a hard Brexit at any …

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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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Twice in a generation

Stephen Daisley  |  12 April 2017

Scotland’s non-nationalists approach a second referendum as a majority without a movement, writes Stephen Daisley It seems like only two and a half years since the last referendum on Scottish independence but the Scottish National party assures us a generation has passed, and I would advise you not to question them. It seldom ends well. Nicola Sturgeon has demanded a rerun of that …

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Looking for somewhere

Allen Simpson  |  12 April 2017

Britain’s new divide is not about a rejection of liberalism, writes Allen Simpson In the dying days of the Gordon Brown government, Douglas Carswell made an impish appearance at a Fabian conference to tell the left that it had a structural problem. He said our purpose was to oppose the powerful, but we have been so …

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Labour must defend Gibraltar

Andrew Apostolou  |  7 April 2017

The Conservatives have marginalised Gibraltar before and are doing so again – it falls to our party to stand up for it, argues Andrew Apostolou The Tories are already talking about war over Gibraltar less than a week after prime minister Theresa May told the rest of the European Union that ‘we want to remain committed …

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