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?
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
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
“We’ve had a People’s Vote.” The words come out of his mouth begrudgingly, dismissive of my entreaty to sign the petition for a People’s Vote. He walks by swiftly before I can engage any further. His response piques my curiosity. I’m used to most Leavers saying, “We’ve had a vote.” This one has claimed we’ve … More Why we need a People’s Vote
A further EU referendum – a People’s Vote on any final Brexit deal – is now on the agenda. As a disastrous No Deal Brexit looms, support for a fresh referendum grows. But referendums are rarely used in Britain. Can a referendum result meaningfully represent ‘the will of the people’? Can referendums reconcile conflict in … More The Will of the People? Thoughts on Democracy and Referendums in Modern Britain
Miles Martin gave this speech at Bath for Europe’s Pulse of Europe on 13 May, 2018. Hello everybody. My name is Miles and I’m Véronique’s husband. So, Wednesday was Europe Day: an annual celebration of everything European. I am sure you all agree that there’s a lot to celebrate in Europe, but also that it’s … More We need to stop Brexit, to save Britain