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Cameron to demand migrant benefit curbs in ‘game-changing’ immigration speech

27 November 2014 22:41

David Cameron will make his ‘game-changer’ speech on immigration tomorrow in which he is expected to say that the UK will leave the EU if it does not secure reforms… Continue reading

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Hammond tries to thread the needle on EU immigration

15 November 2014 11:53

Philip Hammond’s interview in The Telegraph this morning is striking for several reasons. First, Hammond admits that Britain isn’t going to regain full control of its borders in the renegotiation.… Continue reading

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How Brussels’ sanctions could bleed Britain dry

14 November 2014 13:32

London is at risk of another blow from Brussels. Currently, the UK Supreme Court is hearing a sanctions case involving the Iranian Bank Mellat, which could prove pivotal in the… Continue reading

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Smoke, mirrors, magic: how George Osborne “halved” the £1.7bn EU bill

7 November 2014 16:48

George Osborne took a victory lap on Friday to declare that ‘instead of footing the bill, we have halved the bill.’ This would be the £1.7 billion EU budget invoice… Continue reading

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Osborne gets Britain’s £1.7bn bill halved—and no payments before the election

7 November 2014 13:43

Update: In the last few hours, there has been huge confusion and heated debate over whether the British bill has actually been halved. Click here for the verdict of Open… Continue reading

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Juncker wants more UK money for the EU budget – he could check Luxembourg’s coffers

6 November 2014 10:55

By rights, Jean-Claude Juncker should be in dire political trouble this morning, not lecturing Britain about paying an extra £1.7 billion to the European Commission. Documents obtained by the International… Continue reading

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Tricky Commons session looms for Cameron on EU bill

27 October 2014 9:27

It’s been a while since David Cameron had to give such a difficult feedback statement to the House of Commons after a European summit. Even his last tricky address, on… Continue reading

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David Cameron has no choice but to defy Brussels

26 October 2014 11:59

If the European Commission had come to Britain demanding another £90 million because this country’s economy had performed better than expected, it would have been a political headache for David… Continue reading

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The EU’s gift to Nigel Farage – Brussels demands £1.7 billion more from Britain

24 October 2014 10:15

With truly dreadful timing, the European Commission has sprung David Cameron with a demand for £1.7 billion in extra British budget payments to the EU. The commission says this amount… Continue reading

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The UKIP effect: killing the thing you love

23 October 2014 12:48

This chart, courtesy of Mike Smithson, shows Ipsos-Mori’s polling on British membership of the European Union. It shows support for leaving the EU is no higher now than it was… Continue reading

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Why the UK should should be subject to different rules on European migrants

23 October 2014 11:25

The rest of Europe has, predictably, reacted negatively to the suggestion that the UK should be able to impose some kind of cap on free movement while remaining in the… Continue reading

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The genius of Jean-Claude Juncker

11 September 2014 14:27

For all of the protestations about Jean Claude Juncker’s unsuitability for what is, ultimately, the EU’s top job (sorry, Angela Merkel), the unveiling of his new Commission yesterday has confirmed his reputation… Continue reading

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Tusk as European Council President is a mixed blessing for Cameron

30 August 2014 21:07

Donald Tusk, the Polish Prime Minister, has been appointed the new European Council President. Tonight, Tusk has had warm words about how imperative it is that Britain’s concerns about the… 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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There are no lessons from the first world war

4 August 2014 20:23

I’ve just been in France, where the shadow of the First World War always seems to be darker and longer than that cast over Britain; it is partly that, aesthetically,… Continue reading

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Is David Cameron still afraid of Brexit?

4 August 2014 12:04

Boris Johnson’s speech this week is one of the few domestic issues really animating Westminster. He will argue that the UK should not be ‘frightened’ of leaving the EU, supposedly… Continue reading

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Boris Johnson’s European crusade to save the Tory party

3 August 2014 10:55

The Sunday Telegraph has news that Boris Johnson will give a speech next week in which he will throw his weight behind a report, published by Volterra, calling for Britain… Continue reading

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'It is time to take back control of our borders. It is time to leave the European Union to become a competitive, engaged, patriotic nation once more,' says Steven Woolfe, Ukip Migration Spokesman. (Image: Richard Pohle - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Ukip: David Cameron’s immigration policy is vacuous and cynical posturing

29 July 2014 12:53

I have described David Cameron’s posturing on immigration today as vacuous and cynical, for that is exactly what it is. Cynical because once again he seems determined to fool the… Continue reading

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No EU agreement on ‘Tier 3’ sanctions against Russia

24 July 2014 18:52

Sir Malcolm Rifkind was right: there was no agreement in Europe on serious against Russia. The FT’s Peter Spiegel tweets the news that many have been expecting: The #EU ambassadors meeting finally… Continue reading

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What are the chances of Europe agreeing substantial sanctions against Russia tomorrow?

23 July 2014 18:17

‘Somewhere between zero and minus five.’ That is the verdict of former Foreign Secretary and current Chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee, Sir Malcolm Rifkind, to the question in the… Continue reading

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Jeremy Hunt opens the attack on the Working Time Directive

23 July 2014 11:10

For years, Secretaries of State for Health have studiously ignored one of the most corrosive regulations to the NHS: the European Working Time Directive. Although the EU is not supposed… Continue reading

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Europe split over sanctions against Putin’s Russia

22 July 2014 19:07

The European Council has spoken! We must all come back on Thursday after it has considered its approach to fresh sanctions against Russia. The communiqué from today’s meeting of the… Continue reading

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Can the European Union agree a sanctions regime for Russia?

22 July 2014 8:31

David Cameron talked tough on sanctions yesterday, suggesting that he had the German and French support. I believe he means what he says and is serious about following through with… 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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Jean-Claude Juncker’s biggest challenge: energy

11 July 2014 12:37

‘Energy is the single biggest issue facing Jean-Claude Juncker,’ remarked a seasoned Eurocrat to me earlier this week. Europe’s energy infrastructure is decrepit and insular. Rates of cross-border interconnection, for… Continue reading

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