Europe

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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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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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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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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