A possible Conservative amendment to the Queen’s Speech condemning it for failing to include a bill advocating a referendum on EU membership would be a “venal act of self indulgence” that could be the beginning of the end of the Conservatives in office, a former Conservative MP has claimed.
When Europe comes to the fore of politics in Britain, the polls shift in favour of staying, as they did after David Cameron’s speech. When it comes to the crunch, however, the voting public are too clever to turn away from our most valuable relationship.
As well as pointing out the flaws in Cameron’s diplomatic strategy, pro-Europeans should embrace an agenda of reform where there is much greater likelihood of progress (and no need for a new treaty). This should include pro-growth and pro-democracy measures as set out in IPPR’s recent publication ‘Staying In’ as well as a closer look at EU rules on state aid, corporate tax avoidance, and access to welfare for intra-European migrants.
There are plenty of things Margaret Thatcher did which progressives are right to have opposed. Support for Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet abroad, the casual disregard her government showed to the unemployed at home, the emasculation of local government and the introduction of Section 28.
It’s time Britain joined the other major economies of Europe in introducing the Financial Transactions Tax to help pay down the deficit. The other option is to continue to cripple its poorest citizens.
Just three out of 27 EU countries saw bigger fall in living standards than the UK in past two years since George Osborne’s autumn 2010 spending review.
Why do David Cameron and the Eurosceptics hate European Union measures that protect workers’ rights? Here are some of the key rights workers’ may lose.
SNP deputy leader Nicola Sturgeon has embarked on what can only be described as an exercise in full frontal-spin at best and rank hypocrisy at worst.
Throughout the day on Left Foot Forward we will be reporting the European reaction to David Cameron’s Europe speech this morning.
A referendum should be held sooner rather than later – pro-Europeans must not be afraid to make the case for EU membership, writes Caroline Lucas MP.