There is an anti-EU virus in the British body politic of particularly virulent strain. It experienced a long period of hibernation and can be found in both major political parties, writes Fraser Cameron.
The Brexit deal is likely to leave both ‘leavers’ and ‘remainers’ unsatisfied. But it is possible that Boris Johnson, the man who backed Brexit to advance his career, could switch sides again to save his own skin, writes Guy Edwards.
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.
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.
The deal that was necessary to keep the United Kingdom in the EU has also opened the door for other members to use referendums — or more likely, the threat of referendums — as a negotiating tactic, writes Stratfor, the global intelligence company.
Opinion polls currently point to a clear victory for the ‘Yes’ camp in Britain’s referendum on EU membership. But those who are shy in declaring their voting intentions could foil the pollsters, writes Dr Melanie Sully.
The conservative ECR group proposed that Sajjad Karim become the next European Parliament President. Karim has written letters to MEPs, asking for their support. Romanian MEP Sorin Moisa replied to his letter, reminding the Conservative legislator of the negative campaign that his party has led against Bulgarian and Romanian migrant workers.
There is a huge difference in economic value, influence and return in being inside the EU or merely alongside it and forces in UK politics such as UKIP are reducing British interests to national identity and that identity to a caricature of Britishness, argues former EU Trade Commissioner and Labour peer Peter Mandelson.
In an increasingly multipolar world, in which GDP and population will increasingly be correlated, the rationale for Europe is stronger than ever. Together, Europe’s peoples can wield genuine influence, writes Tony Blair.
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