During the referendum campaign leading up to June 2016 (…is it really almost three years ago?), I was firmly convinced that remaining was a sensible idea. The two key areas for me were that I believe trade is, in general terms, an aid to a good economy and that promotion of ‘good causes’ related to … More Exposing the far-right narrative behind Brexit
As we grow ever closer to the Brexit endgame, I feel compelled to put my thoughts into writing. I want to share my personal journey through Brexit. It’s been tumultuous but I’m driven to fight on against this terrible loss, one of the greatest I may ever experience. First, some back story. I was born in Belgium … More My Journey through Brexit
Toppings & Company Booksellers are bringing noted former British civil servant Sir Ivan Rogers to Bath to talk about his new book – 9 Lessons in Brexit – which has been hailed as a “bombshell” by The Guardian. If you’ve watched the BBC’s revealing three-part documentary “Inside Europe: 10 Years of Turmoil” you will have … More Sir Ivan Rogers on Brexit, Monday 4th March, Christ Church, Julian Road, Bath BA1 2RH, doors open at 7:30 pm for 8 pm start
What is the European Project? If you use the term, you probably are either a fan or an enemy of this wonderful shorthand for greater European unity. As the UK grapples with the complexity of this decades long inter-governmental venture, the Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institution will be hosting a timely talk on the … More “The Future of the EU: Ever closer Union or just good friends?”, Professor Jeremy Clegg, 12th February, 7:30 pm, BRLSI, Queen Square, Bath
I spend far too long on Twitter and Facebook these days. Seeking out people who support Brexit in the hope of sowing a seed that may make them look differently at what it means. When you get deep into Brexit groups, however, you become aware there’s quite a machine pumping out false information which is … More Twittersphere twaddle
Update: January 25th 2019. Since this piece was published some people have pointed out on Twitter that the 2016 referendum didn’t even have the highest number of voters, let alone the highest turnout. This is true. In the 1992 general election 33,614,074 people voted; in the 2016 referendum it was 33,577,342. Thus 36,732 more people … More Was the 2016 referendum really ‘the biggest democratic exercise in this country’s history’?