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There has always been a prickly, touchy, latent anti-Americanism on the British right and, gosh, haven’t we been reminded of that these past few days? The views of Wilson and Roo...(full article)

Britain has no good way out of this dilemma. Its best course is to stay in the union, but work tirelessly to obstruct political union and enlarge the exceptions and exemptions it's...(full article)

There is no need to echo the “jingos” of Victorian Britain who sang: “We don’t want to fight, but by jingo if we do, we’ve got the ships, we’ve ...(full article)

Europe is a multi-currency union and the dream of a post-nationalist European super-state has soured. To ignore this reality, as Brussels has tended to do in recent years, is to in...(full article)

Put simply, if the U.K. left the EU, Britain’s main trading partner would most likely have a more highly regulated market than it does now, and Britain would have no say over the...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

The Two Europes Need British Leadership - Robert Skidelsky, Project Syn.

By staying in, Britain would be able to ensure that, if and when the eurozone’s breakup comes, the process is not too messy, and will at any rate preserve something of the sp...

Cameron's Offshore Chickens Come Home to Roost - Alex Massie, FP

The furor over Cameron’s perfectly legal tax haven isn’t about his family money. It’s about his six years spent handing Britain over to the 1 percent....

How Cameron Fumbled the Brexit Ball - Doug Saunders, Globe and Mail

A "leave" victory would not destroy Britain – the country would eventually be able to negotiate similar relationships outside the EU. But it would be a difficult process that...

It Is Time to Speak for Britain - Guardian

British politics is mobilising too slowly for the EU referendum debate. It is time to stop being tactical and make the strategic case for British membership to continue...

Britain Is Europe's Future - Judy Dempsey, Carnegie Europe

A British "no" to remaining in the EU would spell ruin for a bloc so adrift and divided that its influence is rapidly diminishing....

Labour's Reshuffle Kerfuffle is Over - Anne Perkins, Guardian

Jeremy Corbyn, the Arsène Wenger of politics (copyright J McDonnell), completed his shadow cabinet reshuffle in the early hours with the appointment of his north London neig...

Country Before Party on Brexit - Guardian

One of the essential axioms of modern politics has always been that voters dislike divided parties and will punish them at the polls. By that yardstick there was strikingly little ...

Risk of Britain Voting to Leave EU 'Now at 50%' - Percival, Irish Examiner

In its latest global economic outlook, French financial services giant, Societe Generale has estimated a 45% risk of so-called ‘Brexit’ occurring....

Poland to Trade UK Welfare for NATO Bases - A. Rettman, EU Observer

Poland has said it is willing to trade British welfare rights for UK support for Nato bases, as the country edges closer to pariah status in the EU over domestic reforms....

Cool Heads Will be Needed to Keep UK in EU - C. Flanagan, Irish Times

In many ways, the summit of EU leaders on December 17th and 18th brought to an end the “phoney war” on the issue of the UK’s membership of the European Union. Rec...

Oliver Letwin's Memo on Race is not Ancient History - Harker, Guardian

In October, prime minister David Cameron gave this endorsement to the Black British Business awards: “I am very pleased to reaffirm my support for the [awards] as they once a...

Leaving the EU Would be a Disaster for Britain - Victor Blank, Telegraph

There is a great danger in the argument being subsumed by pure emotion, with the Brexit camp playing the “historically proud, independent nation” card. This would be a ...

Jeremy Corbyn's 'Hit List' - Dan Hodges, Telegraph

Moderates in the shadow cabinet can’t be surprised that Corbyn has decided to seek revenge on them...

Cameron in Wellies Won't Mollify Flood Victims - Martin Kettle, Guardian

Northerners are angry and feel the government would never have allowed this to happen in the south of England....

Britain Needs a Dutch-Style Delta Plan - Henk van Klaveren, The Guardian

With each new deluge the UK learns nothing, unlike the Netherlands, which has adapted to the changing nature of the threat....

Why I Will be Voting to Stay in Europe - William Hague, Telegraph

In Downing Street last year, I was sitting with David Cameron and George Osborne listening to a summary of that day’s newspapers when we were told of an article saying I migh...

This War Will Be Jeremy Corbyn's Epitaph - Mary Riddell, Telegraph

In his botched attempt to prevent the Syria air strikes, Labour’s leader has alienated his entire party and made war all but certain...

Will Corbyn Sink Labour at Oldham? - Ben Judah, Politico EU

Nigel Farage is in a very good mood. “I’ve got one slight worry,” he grins. “That if we win on Thursday and he goes as leader I’ll be devastated.” Then he sniggers. “...

Cameron's Consideration of EU Reforms Riles Sceptics - Watt, Guardian

David Cameron is prepared to soften the most controversial aspect of his EU reform plan, designed to limit migrants’ access to in-work benefits, in a move which shows the pri...

EU Capitals Extend Cameron Wary Olive Branch - Briancon, et al., Politico

PARIS — European capitals gave a wary welcome Tuesday to David Cameron’s demands for reforming the U.K.’s relationship with the EU — but warned again that m...

David Cameron is Playing a Self-Inflicted Bad Hand Well - Economist

AFTER months of vague talk about “renegotiating” Britain’s EU membership and a flurry of visits to European capitals by the prime minister and his lieutenants, the moment had...

Slouching Toward Brexit - Philippe Legrain, Foreign Policy

Pro-Brexit campaigners could scarcely have chosen a more auspicious backdrop for the referendum on whether Britain should remain a member of the European Union, which is due by the...

Should Labour Moderates Look for Corbyn Alternative? - Riddell, Tgraph

Next week marks the two-month anniversary of Jeremy Corbyn’s accession. Despite the warnings of gloomier opponents, no portents of apocalypse have been noted. Blood, fire, sm...

Britain's Demands Are Good for Europe - Bloomberg View

The U.K. government has begun to flesh out the reforms it would like to see the European Union undertake. Its proposals won't be easy to achieve, but they make sense -- and not jus...

12 Reasons Why Britain Will Leave EU - Denis MacShane, Politico EU

Commentators on British affairs spend much of their time dwelling on Brexit these days; and while acknowledging the passion and verve of the Out camp, their consensu...

Britain's New "Special Relationship'? - Japan Times

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s trip to Britain last week had the pomp and circumstance, and glitter and glamor, that only the British can create — and which the Chinese...

Cameron, Osborne Forget First Law of Holes - Andrew Rawnsley, Guardian

Whether he knows it yet or not, the chancellor is going to do some sort of U-turn. The question is whether he does sufficient and does it quickly enough to climb out of the hole be...

Tories Must Show Mettle to Rescue UK Steel - The Scotsman

Prime Minister must act now as one in six jobs in the industry comes under threat due to a deluge of cheap steel imports from China...

Maybe U.K. Social Class Isn't a Frozen Zone - T. Raphael, Bloomberg View

Whether on policy or sartorial choices, the leaders of Britain's Conservative government and its opposition Labour Party could not be farther apart. Yet there is strong cross-party...

The Case for Brexit - Alan Sked, The National Interest

IN 1991, BEFORE British prime minister John Major signed the Maastricht treaty, I formed a new political party. It was called the Anti-Federalist League. Two years later it changed...

It Should Be 'Win-Win' for China and Britain - Telegraph

From Trafalgar Square to Buckingham Palace, along the full length of The Mall, China’s red flag yesterday flew alongside the Union Jack, a juxtaposition that symbolised the close...

The Labour Party Must Keep Britain in Europe - Mary Riddell, Telegraph

Obedience is the chloroform of politics. If one indicator of a thriving party is a willingness to flaunt its divisions, then the Conservatives are on a roll. Hardly had George Osbo...

Jeremy Corbyn's Copy and Paste Politics - Tom McTague, Daily Mail

Jeremy Corbyn was caught up in a humiliating plagiarism row tonight after it emerged large tracts of his speech were lifted word-for-word from an address drafted – and reject...

Mr. Corbyn Politely Ignores The Facts - The Telegraph

Jeremy Corbyn told the Labour Party conference in Brighton that politics should be discussed with courtesy on the basis of the facts. In that spirit, we will not dwell on Mr Corbyn...

Brexit Debate: 'Economic sovereignty' vs. 'xenophobia' - Payne, Politico

LONDON — Opposite the gothic grandeur of the Palace of Westminster stands a grotty brown high-rise building grandly named Westminster Tower. Inside this unassuming block, a campa...

The Closing of the Labour Party Mind - Janet Daley, Daily Telegraph

Labour is closing down – and voluntarily relinquishing the arena where the important matters of a modern democracy are up for discussion. How should we regulate free markets?...

Calais Migrants: 'They Forget We're Human' - Owen Jones, New Statesman

It is like entering a parallel universe, and a deeply discomforting one at that. In central Calais, the banal comforts of the average western town: cafés brimming with gossi...

Britain's Left Wants to Take Power, Not Win It - Janet Daley, Telegraph

What the hard Left is now aiming for is a different sort of power altogether: the kind that is achieved by revolutionary activism through industrial disruption. By seizing the mean...

David Cameron Inflates the ISIS Threat - George Monbiot, The Guardian

For perspective, you must look elsewhere. A global survey published last week by the Pew Research Centre found that while the people of North America, Britain, Australia, Japan, Fr...

How We Will fight Extremism in Britain - David Cameron

As Prime Minister, I want to work with you to confront and defeat this poison. Today, I want to set out how. I want to explain what I believe we need to do as a country to defeat t...

Britain's Great BBC Face-off - The Guardian

Commercial criticism is nothing new to the BBC, but now the corporation is fighting a surging political tide too....

Let Britain's North Rise Again - Mark Gilbert, Bloomberg View

London holds the country's purse strings far too tightly....

Britain Not Ready for Coming Population Boom - The Telegraph

In 1996, when the population of England was 49 million, it was projected to be around 51 million today. The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show that it now ...

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