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Europe: What will Labour do?

Europe: What will Labour do?

by Alex MacDonald / 23 Jan 2013 14:57

Today the prime minister made his case for the future of Britain’s position in Europe: change, or Britain will leave. The PM spoke of five key reforms that he wanted to see inside the supranational body, which were: competitiveness, flexibility, reciprocal power flow between member states and the EU, democratic accountability, and fairness.

What we do now know is Miliband’s position on the European referendum. The leader of the opposition said: “My position

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Will Lib Dems stand up to Tory stance on EU law and order?

Will Lib Dems stand up to Tory stance on EU law and order?

by Emma Burnell / 16 Oct 2012 14:46

This is not another piece about Andrew Mitchell. It isn't a piece about police cuts, or about relations between the Tory Party and the Police Federation.  The Tories seeming desire to throw away their good relations with the police will be an ongoing saga. But it is not the topic of this law-and-order based mystery.

This is a piece about an open goal, why it was opened and if there will be

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Controversial Nobel Peace Prize winners

Controversial Nobel Peace Prize winners

by Aisha Gani / 12 Oct 2012 15:13

“For over six decades contributed to the advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe."

The fact that the European Union, a whole organisation, won the 93rd peace prize is slightly odd at a time when Europe is going through difficult economic times and social unrest.

José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, tweeted: “It is a great honour for the whole of the EU, all 500

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Liam Fox interview: I want EU referendum timetable

Liam Fox interview: I want EU referendum timetable

by Rob Wilson / 07 Oct 2012 07:03

Liam Fox is a chuckler, a giggler, someone who likes to amuse those around him.  His staff cram into his office and clearly love to be there with him, not just because he keeps them busy on all sorts of interesting projects, but because he is good fun.  Fox has twinkly blue eyes and a slightly mischievous face that lights up when he smiles, which he does more frequently than your average politician.

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People’s Pledge expands campaign to Cheadle, Hazel Grove and Manchester Withington

People’s Pledge expands campaign to Cheadle, Hazel Grove and Manchester Withington

by Chris Bruni-Lowe / 18 May 2012 11:39

It’s an exciting day for the People’s Pledge today. Following on from the successful result in Thurrock this past April, we are announcing our next set of local EU referendum votes, all of which will be held on the same day and spanning three conjoining constituencies – an escalation which will see the polling of roughly 130,000 voters. The seats that have been selected are Cheadle, Hazel Grove and Manchester Withington, all

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Democracy has been bulldozed on the EU

Democracy has been bulldozed on the EU

by Nikki Sinclaire MEP / 01 Feb 2012 11:08

'No government dependent on a democratic vote could possibly agree in advance to the sacrifices which any adequate plan for European Union must involve. The people must be led slowly and unconsciously into the abandonment of their traditional economic defences, not asked…'
 
So wrote Peter Thorneycroft, Edward Heath’s Tory colleague and friend.
 
French PM Raymond Barre was still more explicit in his contempt. “I have never understood why

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Bill Cash: ‘I call myself a eurorealist rather than a eurosceptic’

Bill Cash: ‘I call myself a eurorealist rather than a eurosceptic’

by Caroline Crampton / 26 Jan 2012 10:46

In recent weeks, discussion of the eurozone crisis has gone a bit quiet. Remember the heady days of late 2011, when 81 MPs rebelled against the government on the matter and the prime minister provoked everyone by wielding his treaty-change veto? It all seems a long time ago now.

It isn’t going to stay that way for much longer. Next week, David Cameron will attend another European summit. Before he goes, at least

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Is it time the money men took over the euro asylum?

Is it time the money men took over the euro asylum?

by Darren Ennis / 20 Dec 2011 14:22

It is now quite clear: European Union leaders do not understand the markets and the markets do not understand, certainly don't believe in, or trust EU leaders or how the 27-nation project works.

Less than a fortnight after the latest summit deal to save the euro and solve Europe's economic crisis, we have had further downgradings by the ratings agencies, the Euro has plummeted to its lowest ebb in months and the head

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Will the Tory boost in the polls last?

Will the Tory boost in the polls last?

by Tom Mludzinski / 19 Dec 2011 12:36

Polls frequently show that Europe is not the biggest deal to voters but this week that theory was placed under a magnifying glass. In the immediate aftermath of David Cameron’s ‘veto’ of an EU deal, support for the Conservatives rose seven points in Ipsos MORI’s December Political Monitor for Reuters while satisfaction with David Cameron also rose significantly. So does Europe matter to the punters? Is it a vote winner? Or is this just

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What would Labour have done?

What would Labour have done?

by David Skelton / 14 Dec 2011 10:06

Friday’s European veto by David Cameron has shaken up European and British politics. In the UK, many eurosceptic Tories are jubilant and many pro-European Liberal Democrats are openly hostile to the veto (Nick Clegg’s interview with Andrew Marr and his no show at the Commons debate were extraordinary). However, one of the biggest questions in British politics is how the left as a whole, and Labour in particular, should respond to the veto, the

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Cameron used the veto to keep us in the EU

Cameron used the veto to keep us in the EU

by Darren Ennis / 13 Dec 2011 09:30

Based on Monday’s testimony in the House of Commons and diplomatic sources in Brussels, David Cameron may in fact have used his EU veto to keep Britain in the 27-nation bloc and not taken a step towards leaving the European Union.

If he had signed up to or agreed in any form to a new EU treaty involving the UK, he would have been forced to hold a referendum on EU membership. A

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Don't panic! We're still in the EU

Don't panic! We're still in the EU

by Caroline Crampton / 12 Dec 2011 16:51

“Britain remains a full member of the EU, and the events of the last week do nothing to change that.”

So said David Cameron during his statement to the House of Commons on the EU treaty veto, although listening to the gleeful reaction of the Tory backbenches, you could be forgiven for assuming that he’d told the EU where to go and torched it on his way out for good measure.

Despite

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