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The course of Brexit was set in the hours and days after the 2016 referendum. / It was at 6:22 a.m. on June 24, 2016 — 59 minutes before the official tally was unveiled — that the European Council sent its first “lines to take” to the national governments that make up the EU.
The year in Brexit 20/12/2023
The past 12 months have been littered with grandiose claims about the benefits of Brexit and the ability of the UK to demand what it wants from the EU. But the sad and inescapable conclusion is that none of those benefits exist and that the UK has been forced into a number of embarrassing retreats and compromises.
Brexit has not only failed to deliver on its promise of reducing immigration and controlling borders, but it has also made the immigration issue worse and more difficult to manage. The government’s chaotic and ineffective immigration policies, such as the Rwanda policy, have only added to the problem.
‘We goofed it up, you have to fix it’, Ursula von der Leyen tells young people. / European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen has said young Britons could still reverse Brexit by deciding to re-join the EU in the years ahead.
David Cameron has said Britain needs closer ties with the European Union, prompting fears the Brexit debate could be ‘reignited’. / The Foreign Secretary said the bloc is a ‘friend, a neighbour and partner’ and praised cooperation between the EU and the UK in supporting Ukraine.
Forecasts suggest the UK will be 15 years late in hitting £1 trillion annual export target set by David Cameron before the Brexit referendum.
As the final rites are played out, Chris Painter assesses the procession of Conservative Premierships since 2010 and their failure to articulate any coherent political project.
All this past week, Jon Danzig has been posting videos reminding us of the fatal flaws in the Brexit referendum and demonstrating that it was a sham.
Brexit is an existential threat to Conservatism. When it fails, the party will need to ask itself some searching questions.
More than six years later, Trump’s rhetoric seems prescient for reasons he may not have intended. The right-wing populist shocks that hit both Britain and the United States in 2016 have exacerbated the internal dysfunctions within both countries’ right-wing parties.
Brexit denialist-in-chief Jacob Rees-Mogg is still in full flow. He denies that any harm has come from Brexit – even though he can’t find any benefits.
Private Eye editor Ian Hislop has said remain voters in the EU Referendum are entitled to their say. Speaking on Question Time he said: "Even if you lose the vote you are entitled to go on making the argument".
Since the EU Referendum proposed and led by former British Prime Minister, David Cameron, on the relationship with the EU, Britain has not experienced political stability. This headed to economic stagnation, inflation, high unemployment, frustration, and pessimism among British citizens about the future.
The collapse of Liz Truss’s authority is the logical conclusion of the anti-EU cult that has wrecked Britain’s economy over the last six years. / When asked about Brexit, Carney managed to sound diplomatic while also lobbing a hand grenade. “Put it this way,” he said. “In 2016 the British economy was 90% the size of Germany’s. Now it is less than 70%.”
Penny Mordaunt has repeated her notorious false claim that the UK was unable to stop Turkey joining the EU – insisting the veto would not have been used.
When the most anti-EU newspapers are pointing to the policy’s inevitable failures, it’s time our government admitted the truth.
British voters were not fully informed on the implications of Brexit during the referendum in 2016, a European Parliament report has concluded.
The wealthy ghouls who fund the Tory party expect their quid pro quo – and this legislation will deliver it.
Patrick Stewart, speaks about the importance of the European Union and how it has been an integral part of his life.
This clip is from a talk between evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins and philosopher Sam Harris, recorded 1st November 2016.
Fownes Brewery in Brierley Hill is one of many which has felt the effects of the UK leaving the European Union, with co-owner James Fownes detailing some of the issues he's had to face.
Comments at Guardian Live event are first time former PM has explicitly called for UK to rejoin EU
“Politicians obscure exclusionary ideologies and policies behind inclusionary rhetoric that highlights the ‘value’ of migrant ‘contributions’," a doctoral researcher said.
Former European Commission president says then-PM asked him not to intervene in referendum debate.
‘Bureaucracy’ at the borders is ‘because we chose to leave the single market’ says former prime minister.