EU referendum

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The Electoral Commission needs reforming. Will anyone dare try?

5 June 2015 12:18

The Electoral Commission (ElCom) is an institution with a lamentable record of failing to fulfil its role as guardian of our political system. After so many contrary and arguably politically partisan… Continue reading

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How to lose an EU referendum

2 June 2015 12:31

Ten years ago France was in meltdown shock as the country that prided itself on being the most European and communitaire of all had said a decisive Non to European… Continue reading

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Will Cameron’s renegotiation efforts be boosted by the Out campaign’s troubles?

28 May 2015 15:42

David Cameron is in Holland and France today trying to pave the way for the renegotiation of the terms of Britain’s EU membership. Number 10 believe that now the referendum… Continue reading

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Podcast: defeating Isis, the Queen’s speech and Cameron’s EU negotiations

28 May 2015 9:03

Defeating Isis is a task that neither America nor Britain are particularly keen to take on. In this week’s View from 22 podcast, Andrew Bacevich and Douglas Murray discuss what Western countries can realistically do… Continue reading

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Michael Gove: Tories will not be forgiven for ‘fudging’ the EU referendum

26 May 2015 16:35

Michael Gove’s gusto has returned after his elevation back to top level of the Cabinet. On Friday evening, the Justice Secretary spoke to Hampshire Conservative activists and members of the… Continue reading

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Why David Cameron should take his time with the EU referendum

26 May 2015 13:23

Exhilarating, isn’t it? A referendum on Britain’s continued membership of the European Union is at hand. For the first time in a generation, there’s a real possibility that Britain might… Continue reading

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Prime Minister David Cameron Makes Speech On The UK's Position In Europe

David Cameron is trying to manage the referendum – and his party – properly

25 May 2015 10:29

The government’s announcement that EU migrants will not be able to vote in the EU referendum tells us a number of things about the way David Cameron is approaching this… Continue reading

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Ireland’s gay marriage vote was never an equal contest

24 May 2015 0:20

In more ways than one it’s impossible to be heard above the din right now in the wake of the Yes vote in Ireland on gay marriage. There’s a special… Continue reading

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Cameron confident about renegotiation result: but will it please voters?

22 May 2015 18:17

David Cameron was in an extremely confident mood when he addressed the press at the end of today’s EU summit in Riga. He continually joked about journalists needing to write… Continue reading

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Labour should now define itself as in favour of both a referendum and the EU

20 May 2015 17:54

The three main Labour leadership candidates have now all said that they want a referendum on Britain’s relationship with the EU. But the party’s ‘official’ position – that is, the… Continue reading

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George Osborne poaches Daily Mail’s political editor

16 May 2015 18:34

George Osborne has moved to strengthen his personal, political operation by hiring the political editor of the Daily Mail James Chapman as his director of communications. This beefing up of… Continue reading

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Nigel Farage isn’t the biggest threat to the Eurosceptic cause. Vladimir Putin is

14 May 2015 22:00

I keep on reading that the ‘Outers’ are going to lose the upcoming EU referendum because Euroscepticism has become associated with Ukip, and Nigel Farage is too divisive. It has… Continue reading

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If British democracy worked, we would have had a referendum on the death penalty

27 March 2015 14:01

Nice to know, isn’t it, that public attitudes are finally catching up with MPs’? It seems, from the Social Attitudes survey, that finally, half a century after parliament suspended the… Continue reading

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Vince Cable shows how the Lib Dems plan to squeeze the Tories on Europe

26 March 2015 14:59

Vince Cable has made some ambiguous comments in the chamber this morning about an EU referendum. At the last business questions of this Parliament, the shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband to Cameron: show us your EU renegotiation policy

19 February 2015 15:07

Ed Miliband has sent an angry letter to David Cameron this afternoon, demanding that he ‘set out in detail a reform agenda for the EU and a strategy for building… Continue reading

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PMQs sketch: No poppy for Harman, Miliband on the attack, Cameron in transcendental-parrot mode

5 November 2014 16:03

Was that a pop at Hattie? Ed Miliband began PMQs by evoking the centenary of the Great War. ‘We will all be wearing our poppies with particular pride this year,’… Continue reading

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The UK needs a referendum on the EU, or we won’t get a better deal

25 September 2014 15:41

In this morning’s Independent, a collection of Establishment names have broken cover and lobbied David Cameron to abandon his pledge to hold an EU referendum by the end of 2017.… Continue reading

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Prime Minister David Cameron Makes Speech On The UK's Position In Europe

Douglas Carswell has decided Cameron will squander his EU reform opportunity

28 August 2014 12:31

As well as saying his decision is regrettable and counterproductive, the other Tory response to this morning’s shock defection by Douglas Carswell is to point people to instances where Carswell… Continue reading

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Douglas Carswell’s defection is a disaster for David Cameron and great news for Ed Miliband

28 August 2014 12:13

I like Douglas Carswell. He thinks for himself and has always, I think, added some welcome colour to parliament. But I don’t understand his defection to UKIP at all. If… Continue reading

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Boris Johnson lays down the gauntlet to David Cameron

6 August 2014 17:44

Much has been made of the news that Boris Johnson intends to return to parliament at next year’s general election. The announcement, made in the Q&A session after his speech… Continue reading

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Janus-faced Juncker sets out his stall

15 July 2014 17:30

Jean-Claude Juncker delivered a speech to the European Parliament this morning. Its content was, from the British government’s perspective, provocative. Juncker had one watchword: integration: and a clear idea of… Continue reading

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Labour #won’tletbritaindecide: but are they bothered?

12 June 2014 17:19

Westminster has felt pretty dull recently, what with very little legislation and that. But now that, thanks to the bravery of Tory MP Bob Neill, could change. #LetBritainDecide fever could… Continue reading

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The Right loses as Ukip wins

28 May 2014 16:56

In Brighton in 1996, an insurgent party held its first and as far as I can see only conference. Liberal journalists gazed on the gaudy spectacle with wonder and disdain.… Continue reading

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The Tories and Ukip: deal or no deal?

23 May 2014 12:59

I can understand why some of my Conservative colleagues are calling for a pact with Ukip. At varying times over the past few years I have been concerned that our… Continue reading

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David Cameron’s plot to keep us in the EU (it’s working)

22 May 2014 19:11

I write this before the results of the European elections, making the not very original guess that Ukip will do well. Few have noticed that the rise of Ukip coincides… Continue reading

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