Was the 2016 referendum really ‘the biggest democratic exercise in this country’s history’?

On 15th November 2018 in Parliament the Prime Minister said that in the 2016 referendum ‘the British people exercised their vote in numbers we have never seen before’. This was in defence of her Brexit deal and against a referendum on it. It echoes the statement in the July 2018 Chequers White Paper that the … More Was the 2016 referendum really ‘the biggest democratic exercise in this country’s history’?

Our national identity threatened? Really?

I’ve been thinking about two of the main claims of Leave voters, namely that continued membership of the EU “threatens our national identity” (yes, “our” because I, originally from Italy, also have British nationality), and that we’ll be better off when we no longer have to “take orders from Brussels”. I’m thinking about the six … More Our national identity threatened? Really?

Deal or no deal? A comment on Jason Hunter’s talks on Brexit and trading on WTO terms

On consecutive evenings recently, I attended fascinating talks by Jason Hunter, Stuart Brown and Graham Hughes on Brexit and the implications of leaving the EU with no deal. The talks included vivid descriptions of the chaotic and destructive consequences of a no deal situation in many sectors. It was clear that they see a no … More Deal or no deal? A comment on Jason Hunter’s talks on Brexit and trading on WTO terms

In Limbo and In Limbo too – review and thoughts

Every day that we get closer to Brexit (currently set for 29.03.2019), I find myself becoming more and more frustrated at the general public’s apparent indifference to what is about to happen. I cannot understand how people can simply carry on as usual: Keep calm and carry on travelling along the Brexit conveyor belt until … More In Limbo and In Limbo too – review and thoughts