Europe

The Last Word: A transition position

Richard Angell  |  1 September 2017

Making Labour’s single market shift permanent, punishing parents and farewell to Kezia Dugdale – Progress director Richard Angell has this week’s Last Word As an interim – before formally adopting the right policy to keep Britain in the single market indefinitely, Keir Starmer has committed Labour to membership of the single market and custom union for a …

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Morals, not money

Roger Liddle and Rupa Huq  |  30 August 2017

Britain’s membership of the single market and customs union is not about economics but implementing Labour values, argue Rupa Huq and Roger Liddle Fifteen months on from the referendum on the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union with the clock ticking on the article 50 negotiations, our government, which seems to have carelessly lost its …

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No free for all

Catherine Barnard  |  30 August 2017

You can provide controls on immigration while upholding free movement of labour, finds Catherine Barnard For many people, it was concerns about immigration that prompted them to vote to leave the European Union. The perception was that the United Kingdom was unable to deport EU criminals, that EU migrants were putting an undue burden on …

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Labour’s post-Brexit foreign policy

Sam Alvis  |  10 August 2017

Labour need to rebuild Britain’s reputation closer to home before they are once again respected enough to take action on the world stage, warns Sam Alvis Global affairs are back on the agenda. The Tories are using Brexit to launch an ‘Empire 2.0’ strategy, misguided both in direction and naming. Foreign policy is also one of the …

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Learn from the mistakes of the SDP

Andrew Adonis  |  9 August 2017

Those that talk of setting up a new pro-European party to combat Brexit should reflect on the fate of the Social Democratic party, writes Andrew Adonis In spring 1981 the Labour party appeared to be vanishing over the far left horizon. It was committed to leaving Europe and a hundred-and-one other lunacies. A dangerous Tony …

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No one voted to be poorer

Christabel Cooper  |  9 August 2017

Labour must fight for membership of the single market and customs union for the sake of the majority of Britons who do not want to be poorer as a result of Brexit, writes Christabel Cooper The British Election Study published last week confirms what both anecdote and circumstantial empirical evidence had suggested – that not only …

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Freedoms worth fighting for

Ria Bernard  |  4 August 2017

The ability to travel, study, live and work freely across the European Union must not be relinquished, writes Young Fabians vice-chair Ria Bernard There is no doubt that immigration was a major factor in determining the decisions of British voters in the European Union referendum. The Leave campaign argued strongly that the freedom of movement clause …

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Time for Brexiteers to come clean

Jonathon Hawkes  |  27 July 2017

An unholy alliance of Thatcherites and Bennites are placing ideology before the national interest – and it is time they were called out on it, argues Jonathon Hawkes ‘As we leave the European Union, by definition, we will be out of the single market and we’ll be out of the customs union,’ asserted international trade secretary Liam Fox …

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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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