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One Referendum Was Enough for A Lifetime

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Since the result of the first EU referendum, there have been calls for a rerun. Some have said that ‘Remain’ are sore losers; some have said they’d be stupid not to push for a rerun; some people want a vote on the terms of the eventual deal. May has floundered, Davis has put his foot in it, and Boris has fallen off the face of the earth. Asking for a second referendum is like jumping off a cliff and then running back up to do it again because you enjoyed it so much the first time: plain insanity. If, like me, you did want to stay in the EU, you will be tempted many times over the coming weeks to join the fight in the…

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A Socialists’ Perspective: Why We Should Oppose the EU

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As a Socialist I fundamentally oppose the European Union and everything that it stands for, so naturally when news came through that Britons had decided to kick the European establishment in the teeth -and the working classes had shown what they think of crippling austerity measures- I was indeed very optimistic. Especially since Donald Tusk, president of the European Council issued a statement that BrExit represented “the beginning of the destruction of not only the EU but also of western political civilisation”. The liberal Guardian and all other like-minded newspapers are throwing a hissy fit including many of the so-called ‘leftists’. I argue that those upset with the result, -well, those who believed that the EU took an active role in promoting the welfare of…

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The Hive Mind of Modern Politics

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Falsehood flies and the truth comes limping after her. Jonathan Swift In 1989, Sir Tim Berners Lee invented the world wide web. As we now know, it opened channels of international commerce and communication to everyone, with no strings attached. Despite having the opportunity to make billions from his work, Berners Lee made it openly accessible as a gift to humanity. This should open us to new ideas and new ways of thinking but it has instead solidified our pre-held convictions. One’s ability to customise the content we see, although convenient, has created echo chambers which are having drastic effects on politics, especially the EU referendum. Platforms like Twitter and Facebook allow its users to streamline their content. This has the power to one sided…

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How History Won the Referendum for Brexit

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After only a few centuries of getting it wrong, we’d reached a position in Europe where we’d stopped fighting wars and started fighting over bendy bananas. Although the latter may sound pretty threatening, I can assure you that being unable to sell a banana of the incorrect curve gradient is far more enjoyable for all than medieval slaughter. But this week, Britain decided to give it all up for a floppy-haired ex-Mayor of London and his over-excited, purple-flag-waving colleague. So why was it that the 65+ generation were so keen to leave, when the downsides of a discordant Europe are most fresh in their memories.   To answer this question we must first look at the campaigns that were run. The Remain Campaign presented Gordon…

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BrExit: Winners and Losers

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So, now what? The political landscape has been changed significantly by Britain’s decision to leave the European Union, so who has paid the price and who has profited from the result? Winners Nigel Farage He is the real winner here. Not only has he achieved his lifelong ambition but he remains a political outsider, meaning that he is unaccountable for the negotiation process. As demonstrated by his appearance on GMB on the 24th June, he is also free to criticise Vote Leave’s campaign, having supported Arron Banks’ Leave.EU and appearing at Grassroots Out events. There is nothing that this country can offer the Polish government that would convince them to abandon free movement of people, it would be too politically toxic for their government: the…

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What is the Future of UKIP?

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UKIP, a party that in recent years has become a powerful force for Eurosceptics to challenge the establishment. After rising to victory in the 2014 European elections, it was clear that UKIP had made an EU referendum inevitable. This had given Farage a soapbox from which to espouse his views and give a voice to the supposed “silent majority” who felt aggrieved by the EU, but also by the rising xenophobic sentiment. There is speculation surrounding the future of UKIP and what route the party will take now that the public has arbitrated on what it thinks of the EU establishment. Although Farage’s Grassroots Out lost the bid to lead the BrExit campaign, an issue which created friction between him, Suzanne Evans and Douglas Carswell, Farage…

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Europe Just Outplayed Us on an Astronomic Scale

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As a believer in the creation of a federal Europe you may expect me to be disappointed with the result of the referendum. On the contrary however, I am really quite pleased – and impressed. Many heralded yesterday’s Brexit vote as the death knell of the European project; the end of the 50 year attempt to unite the continent after 30 years of war. It was assumed that with Britain’s departure, other states would follow and the EU would collapse. Of course, this is a distinct possibility, but if Europe can weather the current storm (and from the looks of things, it can), then Brexit might just have been exactly what the European Project needed to finish the job. Since it joined in 1973, Britain…

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BrExit: A Frenchman and a German

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In 2014, a Frenchman, President Francois Hollande and a German, President Joachim Gauck stood side by side, hand in hand, to commemorate the sacrifice their countrymen made in two wars that ripped apart their continent. They met on the side of a mountain at Hartmannswillerkopf, an area overlooking the Rhineland, that saw some of the worst fighting of World War One. The soldiers called it ‘The Man Eater’. 99 years after the battle ended, the leaders of these two great nations united to remember. In moments like this it is hard not to feel emotional and somewhat proud of humanity; Europe’s darkest days have always been followed by its finest hour. I am a Bolton Wanderers fan, a flautist and a Briton but I have…

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Federal Europe: Dream or Nightmare?

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With the UK’s EU referendum fast approaching, I don’t doubt that most people are sick and tired of the constant back and forth between the two sides. However the reason that this referendum is dominating the headlines is because of how important it is – for the future of the UK and the world. This decision will shape the future of international politics for centuries to come, for better or for worse. In this article I’m going to focus on one particular aspect of EU that has been mentioned but never really addressed; because one side is afraid to mention it and the other doesn’t understand it. Imagine the scene; you’re sitting at home watching the news. A typical pro-Brexit politician is droning on about…

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