Denis MacShane Archives

  • Boris departure allows a rethink on Brexit

    Brexit 30-06-2016

    In English politics, we are witnessing the truth of Marx’s maxim that history repeats itself, first as tragedy then as farce, as the man who led the Brexit campaign in order to become prime minister now suddenly renounces his ambition, writes Denis MacShane.

  • Will David Cameron revert to the old normal if Remain wins?

    Brexit 17-06-2016

    A remain vote would give David Cameron unprecedented power to lead EU reform. But Denis MacShane asks if he will be quite such a Europhile once the dust has settled on the referendum and his job is secure.

  • UK’s ‘Super Thursday’ – a one-fingered salute to all the party leaders

    Brexit 06-05-2016

    The main result of the UK’s Super Thursday election is that every party leader lost, writes Denis MacShane, Britain's former minister for Europe.

  • Obama has not sealed the deal

    Brexit 26-04-2016

    The Remain camp will have to find different  enthusiastic advocates and reasons on than trade deal queues to convince voters if Brexit is to be defeated, Obama's trip was not a game-changer.

  • Can a Corbyn-Cameron axis defeat Brexit?

    Brexit 15-04-2016

    The Brexit campaign is throwing up the oddest of paradoxes.  Having been elected as a leftist hammer of the Conservatives, the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, has now decided he wants to ensure David Cameron stays as Prime Minister by joining ranks with him to urge a defeat of the Brexit camp in the referendum on 23rd June.

  • ‘No enthusiasm please, we’re British’

    Brexit 24-02-2016

    David Cameron’s unenthusiastic, eurosceptical campaign to remain in the EU risks provoking voter apathy and dooming the UK to more years of disengagement with European affairs even if Brexit does not become a reality, writes Denis MacShane.

  • Cameron’s lose-lose strategy

    Future EU 18-02-2016

    This will go down in history as the losers’ European Council. David Cameron has fashioned a lose-lose  game plan in which both the UK and the EU will emerge weaker from his plebiscite politics, writes Denis MacShane.

  • Juncker fuels Brexit ‘myth’ in European Parliament

    Brexit 10-02-2016

    UK Eurosceptics in favour of Brexit will not be persuaded by Juncker’s words in Strasbourg, writes Denis MacShane. The Commission President has simply reinforced British stereotypes of migrant laborers.

  • Denmark’s under-reported referendum plays into Brexit debate

    Justice & Home Affairs 02-12-2015

    Hardly anyone has noticed that Denmark is holding an EU referendum tomorrow - but the result could shape the Brexit debate, argues Denis MacShane.

  • Will anyone speak up for Europe in Britain?

    Brexit 10-09-2015

    Since David Cameron's electoral victory in May and his announcement of an in-out referendum on the EU, Queen Elizabeth has been the only senior British leader to speak out for European unity, writes Denis MacShane.

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