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Brexit: Now Is The Time To Shape Our Future

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Here are some useful articles, publications and videos.

Left and Right Has Been Replaced With the Question of Democracy

“Many people have intellectually accepted that ‘left’ and ‘right’ has little meaning nowadays. But, many on the left consider that voting for anyone other than Labour, Green or LibDem is beyond the pale..”

A Brexit manifesto to unite Leavers and Remainers

Aside from a small minority who continue to try to reverse the result of the referendum, people from both sides of the debate have increasingly been coming together to support a Brexit – not for either Leavers or Remainers alone – but for Britain as a whole. This week saw the publication of the Brexit Together manifesto on this very subject with wide-ranging, cross-party support, including from Nadhim Zahawi MP

Think Tank War-games EU Trade Negotiations

A respected think-tank war-games the forthcoming trade negotiations with the EU. Where’s the down-side? If you want to read it all here is the 142 page document..

Brexit: What Next?

If you want a good clear exploration of how to make a success of Brexit, Daniel Hannan is well worth a read.

Brexit simply gives us the opportunity to create a genuine vibrant democracy and dynamic high-growth economy.

This is the start of the debate on how we shape our future. Hannan puts forward a number of suggestions, many of which you may disagree with. However, it prompts you think and he raises many of the key issues. It is excellent food for thought.

Independent: No, David Cameron’s EU referendum wasn’t a mistake – and Brexit didn’t come from a campaign of lies either

“There has been a majority in the British public for leaving or for reducing the EU’s powers since 1996, and immigration has been named as one of the three most important issues facing Britain since 2001..”

Hugh Bennett: The Brexit legal challengers should drop the embarrassing facade that they are all about defending parliamentary sovereignty

“A victory for parliamentary democracy,” declared David Green, lawyer for co-claimant Deir Dos Santos. “Process not politics” was the smug refrain from lead claimant Gina Miller as she gleefully toured the TV studios, insisting that this case was “nothing to do with leaving the EU” and entirely “about protecting our parliamentary sovereignty..”.

Lesley Katon: We must not allow Remainers alone to dictate the terms of Brexit

“We mustn’t assume that Brexit is going to happen. The attempts to undermine and call it into question reveal that there are powerful forces at play, working to delay or derail Brexit. We must now make it clear that the British public knew what it was voting for..”

Labour Party Conference: No debate on Brexit, but a quiet motion to overthrow the democratic vote

This week during the Labour Conference a motion was passed calling for a second vote on the EU, showing complete contempt for the democratic vote of June 23rd.

Voted through on the quiet in a session on employment rights, the motion read:

“Conference recognises that many of those who voted to leave the EU were expressing dissatisfaction with EU or national policy and were voting for change, but believes that unless the final settlement proves to be acceptable then the option of retaining EU membership should be retained.

“The final settlement should therefore be subject to approval, through parliament and potentially through a general election, or a referendum.”

This is the latest attempt by Remainers to overturn the wishes of the British public, and amounts to essentially a “double lock” – first Brexit must be ratified by the Remainer dominated Houses of Parliament, and then also through a general election or second referendum.

Just imagine if Remain had won, and the Tories announced it was only “advisory” and that we were leaving anyway, or said they would go into the 2020 election with a manifesto commitment to withdrawing. Remainers would be up in arms to fight such a “coup” – yet that’s exactly what they’re attempting.

What does a hard Brexit or a soft Brexit actually mean?

As discussion over what happens next following the UK’s vote to leave the EU intensifies, people have increasingly used the terms ‘hard Brexit’ or ‘soft Brexit’. But, what do they actually mean?

US newspapers are wrong: The vote for Brexit is not a reaction against ‘globalisation’

Many newspaper columnists are viewing the Brexit vote through the prism of US politics. This leads them to the wrong conclusions..

Peter Lilley: Brexit should be swift. Here’s how to do it.

Many people say that Brexit is immensely complex. Here Peter Lilly, a former Secretary of State for Trade & Industry and for Social Security, gives his view on how to expedite Brexit.

Latest YouGov Survey: Only 22% want Brexit vote overturned

22% “I did not support Britain leaving the EU and the government should ignore the result of the referendum or seek to overturn it in a second referendum”

Single Market Membership?

“Liberal Leave” this grass-roots group, comprised about 10% of the electorate. Basing their argument on self-determination versus the slow drift towards federalisation, they opposed membership of the EU, while wishing to retain our close links with Europe and maintain our co-operation with them on our shared concerns, like trade and security..

Some interviews at the ‘Invoke Article 50’ protest in London



How Should Remain Voters Respond?

“There is a profound level of shock, fear and, sometimes, anger from those who voted passionately for Remain. Many Remain voters voted for tolerance, economic security and progressive politics.,So, how should Remain voters respond?..”

Kenan Malik: ‘Democracy was never intended for degenerates’

Quotes came from intellectuals of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, at the moment when democracies were becoming realities in the West. They express the fears of the elite at the idea of the masses having a say in governance. All subscribed to eugenics as a way of improving society, and many saw themselves as progressives.

The second set of quotes come from this year, in response in particular to the Brexit vote in Britain and to the rise of Donald Trump in America. The echoes of the old fears are unmistakable.

Economists for Brexit: ‘The Economy After Brexit’

Economists for Brexit is a group of independent professional economists who – like many people – are convinced of the strong political case for leaving the EU on the grounds of regaining democratic control of economic and other policies by the British people. However, as economists, our professional focus here is only on the economics of the Brexit decision – a subject we believe has been served poorly in the debate so far.

Robert Tombs: ‘The English Revolt Brexit, Euroscepticism and the future of the United Kingdom’

“This an English revolt, the result of an ­upsurge over decades of a more assertive, perhaps resentful, sense of English identity? At one level, clearly so…”

Digby Jones: Ignore the Great Remain Sulk – and get on with Brexit

“The vote to leave the EU in June 2016 could be the best thing ever to happen to Britain – now we must seize this opportunity…”

Allister Heath: ‘Britain needs a ‘can-do’ attitude revolution, not whining’

“The good news is that, after a few difficult weeks, the optimists are finally in the ascendant…”

Phil Mullan: ‘Economic Renewal After Brexit

“The biggest economic threat today comes not from the changes resulting from the referendum vote but from efforts trying to prevent change happening. We need a vibrant national debate about how Brexit can help us realise economic renewal. Here is a five-step plan of initiatives for consideration.

Let the national debate on renewal begin. Let the people decide.”

Liam Halligan: ‘EU vote over and the UK is fine – let’s stop the negativity’

“Far from going “to hell in a hand-basket”, as so many Remain campaigners insisted after our historic referendum on June 23, the UK remains commercially buoyant, with consumer spending and labour markets so far appearing to take Brexit in their stride. I accept it’s early days…”

Joris Luyendijk: After Brexit, a game plan for the EU: unleash Project Pain

A particularly destructive viewpoint.

“When the EU starts negotiating the terms of its divorce from the UK it must aim to inflict maximum political and economic damage…” (seriously)

Professor Robert Tombs: ‘Brexit means Brexit’ 

Robert Tombs is Professor of French History at Cambridge University and fellow of St John’s College. “Whatever the view of the opponents of Brexit, the referendum vote must mean what it said. As Robert Tombs explains, the people, not parliament, the Crown, or the courts are the true sovereign, the ultimate source of authority…”

BBC: EU referendum – The result in maps and charts

“How did the Leave camp clinch victory in the referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU after what was a very closely fought contest?

The Leave campaign triumphed right across England and Wales, winning in large northern cities including Sheffield, the Welsh valleys, across the Midlands including Birmingham, and the south and east of England..”

Creation of a new Department for International Trade

The briefing paper for the new Department of International Trade. There is no mention of new trade deal discussions before we leave the EU..?

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