A common theme fuelling the successful Brexit and Trump campaigns was their ability to challenge the arrogant assumption of superior wisdom and moral right adopted by a gilded elite, says John Redwood.
Those commentators on the losing side of 2016’s totemic elections are slowly arriving at the realisation they were the ones ill-informed – not about ‘the issues’, but about their fellow citizens, says Henry Hill.
Despite the ease with which the Government has secured Parliamentary approval to move ahead with Brexit negotiations, David Davis should be under no illusion as to the difficulties ahead, says Rory Broomfield.
Near constant bemoaning of the referendum result, calls for the British people to ‘rise up’, and branding the vote an ‘historic mistake’. Blair, Major and Osborne are yesterday’s men, says Rory Broomfield.
Breaking the dependency of EU-addicts will not be easy as the EU’s tentacles have spread far and wide, but in order for the UK to swim rather than go down with the EU wreckage, that is precisely what must happen, says David Hardy.
Ben Somervell explains why failure to leave the single market would leave us with the worst of both worlds: adherence to the stringent regulations of the EU, while not having a seat at the table to influence our legislative future.
The increasing transfer of power from Westminster to Brussels prior to last year’s referendum reduced policymakers’ ability to deliver on their promises, which has led to a lasting corrosion of the public’s trust in politicians, says Alex Fiuza.
Professor Tim Congdon argues post-referendum economic data has dispelled Project Fear, which is why he and fifteen other leading economists are calling for the Brexit pessimists to get on board with Project Prosperity.
Amidst the apparent never ending ‘noise’ surrounding Brexit - and as a Comment Central exclusive - The Freedom Association's Rory Broomfield sets out the seven key milestones that will define the Brexit process over the next six months.
Peter Divey explains that Tony Blair’s recent contributions to the Brexit debate are simply the latest in a series of salvos, coordinated to by the European Union, aimed at pushing Britain towards Brexit-ref two.
With the EU’s approach toward the ongoing Brexit negotiations defined by an unimaginative and inflexible attitude, permeated by its obsessive commitment toward further integration and centralisation, the Government should prepare for a ‘no deal’ scenario, argues Rory Broomfield.
The EU’s quick post-referendum amendment to Article 50 to ensure that, in future, it is subject to Qualified Majority Voting (QMV), coupled with Junker’s ‘radical vision’ for Europe’s future, including the creation of an omnipotent President, is nothing more than a poorly conceived strategy to overcome the awkward and rebellious obstacle of democratic nations, says Peter Divey.
Recent calls by the Greek authorities for the Elgin Marbles to be returned as a prerequisite to any Brexit deal being struck is opportunistic nonsense and demeans the uniqueness of such important artefacts, says Tim Loughton MP.
Tomorrow, the Prime Minister is set to deliver her most important address since her address at Lancaster House earlier this year. But with rumblings back home, and questions over the EU negotiations, what should she say?
The Tories need to learn to trust the Prime Minister and her Brexit Secretary to secure a good Brexit deal and start to focus on those bread and butter issues which really matter to most voters, says Peter Bingle.
David Hardy believes Theresa May’s Florence speech represents a great Brexit betrayal, arguing that the concept of party lines is a farce. All political parties, irrespective of branding, are subservient to a Eurocentric liberal elite, he argues.
May’s speech last week signal’s the start of the Conservative Party’s preparation for life in opposition. The EU will now string out our Brexit ‘transition’ until Labour have seized power in 2022, at which point the fire of hope surrounding Britain’s departure from Europe will officially be extinguished, says Peter Divey.
Our European Union membership prevents us from fully capitalising on the trade opportunities stemming from our existing relationships with developing nations like Azerbaijan. Free from the EU we can focus on what really matters: true economic cooperation and trade based on mutual respect and friendship, says Bob Blackman MP.
Peter Divey believes that if the Conservatives act fast and bring in the correct talents they can deliver Brexit, preserve their reputation for economic competence, and prevent Jeremy Corbyn from gaining the keys to No.10.
The EU’s insistence on a sea border between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK would mean a de facto reunification of Ireland, rekindling a bitter struggle between Republicans and Unionists that saw nearly four thousand killed, says Andre Walker.
Peter Divey believes the Government’s claim that the UK will have exited from the European Union by 30 March, 2019 is laughable. If you are following the rules and paying the subs in any club you are clearly still "in", he says.
Peter Divey believes we are witnessing a ‘second push’ on behalf of the pro-remain campaign to destabilise the Brexit process. The charge is led by a phalanx of sympathetic media, of whom the BBC is chief.
The Brexit debate is consumed by an introspective analysis of its implications for the UK, but by extracting ourselves from protectionist trade agreements and delivering on the mantra of ‘trade not aid’ we can bolster economic prosperity right across the globe, says Chi Unwurah MP.
Rather than being constrained by diktats from Brussels, UK civil servants now have the ability to think creatively about draft legislation tailoring it to UK needs. However, some are struggling to adapt to this new way of working, says John Redwood.
The dichotomy between a ‘Deal’ and a ‘No Deal’ outcome from Brexit negotiations is a false one. A ‘No Deal’ can come in a multitude of different shapes and sizes many of which are satisfactory to the UK, says Jack Tagholm-Child.
With Labour rejecting its existing electoral base, pursing instead the once apathetic youth vote, the party will be forced to advance on a vehemently pro-European footing, and in doing so lay the foundations for Britain’s re-entry into the European Union, says Peter Divey.
Peter Divey argues that should a Brexit trade deal remain out of sight come December’s European Council summit, the UK must get up off its knees. Failure to do so would sacrifice yet more of our collective dignity.
May’s pledge that Brexit would mean Brexit is a sham. It transpires that her vision of Brexit consists of the UK retaining European regulations, tax policy and EU "values". But, all is not lost. We can still salvage this dire situation, believes Peter Divey.
There’s no turning back, explains Jack Tagholm-Child. Were the UK to do an about turn on its EU departure, far from a return to the status quo, it would see the UK subject to significantly less favourable terms that we previously enjoyed.
Theresa May’s Brexit doesn’t mean Brexit at all, argues Bruce Oliver Newsome. It sees us continue to sacrifice our national sovereignty, continue to pour money into the EU's coffers, all the while increasing our economic uncertainty and stability.
With the Party ahead in the polls, the only serious threat to the Conservatives winning the next election is division among its ranks. If the Party’s mutinous backbenchers overcome their self-importance they may just win the next election says Peter Bingle.
Chuka Umunna’s hollow howls of betrayal regarding the absence of our post-Brexit windfall are confounding. He seems unable to grasp that the scrapping of EU funding can only be achieved once we have left the European Union, says David Sedgwick.
By failing to exalt the virtues of Brexit, the Government is inadvertently helping to perpetuate the myth that the Brexit movement is anti-European, and in so doing undermining its negotiating position, says Bruce Newsome.
A key Government priority in 2018 must be to build on our continued economic success following the referendum result by ensuring our services sector is an integral component to future trade deals, says Rory Broomfield.
We need to wake up to reality. We’re not going to be leaving the EU without a deal. We’ll have to take a deal, any deal, good or bad. What’s more, every penny of the billions we’ve pledged are as good as in the EU’s pocket, says Peter Divey.
'Keep calm and carry on', an overused idiom but applicable nonetheless. Tory MPs must retain their sanity, calm down and recognise that whether they like it or not Theresa May is the best and only hope of their party winning a majority at the next general election.
The May administration has come to be characterised by reaction, contradiction, incompetence and the unknown. Rather than fanning the flames of uncertainty she needs to offer guidance and leadership. If not, the best route ahead is to withdraw from the EU immediately, then negotiate from a position of sovereignty, says Bruce Newsome.
Peter Divey argues that the one-way capitulation demonstrated in the first round of negotiations has served only to embolden the EU's negotiating position. The Government is now so weak that the promise of a hard-Brexit is increasingly unfeasible.
Our nation is heading for a zombie land named BRINO (“Brexit in Name Only”). It is a land inhabited not by flesh eating Zombies but by initiative consuming Eurocrats, the antithesis of free enterprise and innovation, explains John Longworth, Co-Chairman of Leave Means Leave.
Another week gone - the 84th week since the Brexit vote, the 102nd week (that’s nearly two years) since David Cameron (remember him?) scheduled the referendum, yet Brexit prompts more uncertainty, doublespeak, defamation, lies, and violence, says Bruce Newsome.
Free from the EU, the UK can adopt a tougher international development policy whereby aid to those in need will be met, where appropriate, by crippling sanctions imposed upon the autocratic torturous regimes that so often preside over them, argues Andrew Allison.
The unwelcome involvement of multi-billionaire George Soros in the Brexit debate reveals the level of antipathy many on the Remain side feel towards the Great British Public. He seeks to use his financial power to steamroller the democratic process and reignite Project Fear, writes Jayne Adye.
Bruce Newsome argues Britain’s prime minister (Theresa May) is repeating the self-destructive dishonesty of her predecessor (David Cameron) in claiming a new “special” security relationship with the EU.
Corbyn and Starmer are deluded if they think the EU is going to roll over, play dead and allow the current customs arrangements to remain while at the same time relinquishing political and other control over us. Theresa’s our only hope, says Neil Jopson.
The Guardian’s hypocrisy knows no bounds. It castigates Brexit supporters, claiming they are stupid, ignorant and ill-informed, all the while pedalling the most feeble, unsubstantiated twaddle for why Britain should remain in the European Union, says Bruce Newsome.
Theresa May’s Brexit speech on Friday is impractically contradictory and under-specified, says Bruce Newsome. It forms part of the broader malaise surrounding her leadership: one characterised by indecision, ambiguity and incompetence.
Anna Soubry’s vapid attacks on Jacob Rees-Mogg are deranged, argues Sean Walsh. How his having never changed a nappy has a bearing on his eligibility as a political leader is unclear. Churchill never wiped a baby’s bottom, but that doesn’t mean we should have settled for Lord Halifax instead!
Theresa May’s lumbering premiership has abandoned Conservatism replacing it instead by four main behaviours that now define her leadership: copying the opposition; procrastination; stylistic but not substantive unity; and weak, contradictory, unreliable leadership, argues Bruce Newsome.
The inertia surrounding the Government’s handling of Brexit, matched with its double-dealing, mean the best course of action now is to commit to an effective separation in March 2019 without a transitional period. Once outside, we will be better placed to dictate the terms of our future relationship, argues Bruce Newsome.
Bruce Newsome points out the irony that the most steadfast opposition to the shortcomings of the Brexit transition deal is among Remain supporters, meanwhile Tory Brexit cheerleaders appear blindsided by its real implications.
Bruce Newsome argues that in place of their current narrative of a ‘blameless EU versus stupid voters’, the Remain campaign would be more effective championing the virtues of the UK within a reformed European Union.
A wave of anti-EU sentiment is spreading across the European Continent, says Peter Lyon. Hungarians, Italians and many others are turning their backs on EU elites and expressing sympathy for Britain as we forge a path out of the EU.
The publication of the EU’s budget yesterday reveals exactly what Vote Leave set out – that the EU is not a mere trading arrangement, but a serious attempt at full economic, monetary and political union, says John Redwood.
The UK remaining in the customs union and delivering the UK’s departure from the European Union are mutually exclusive. Bruce Newsome argues Theresa May’s proposals only underscore her inability to understand voters’ wants.
The particular history and situation of Northern Ireland is instructive in terms of the Brexit discussion. Not because departure from the customs union would endanger peace, but because language matters. The “Remainers” are winning the linguistic battle. Time to push back.
The remain campaign's self-acclaimed status as the bastion of hope in a polarised world fending off a tide of bigotry, hatred and a generation of introspection is delusional. Instead, they themselves are a dystopian vision hallmarked by elitism and condescension. They are the movement they claim to be against, says Bruce Newsome.
George Soros is the wealthiest, most influential member of an influential but dishonest and delusional elite that claims expertise in international relations but chooses to ignore evidence and theory, argues Bruce Newsome.
Bruce Newsome finds that despite its comedic pretence, Boris Startling’s ‘The Bluffer’s Guide to Brexit’ offers more pertinent information and fair analysis than most of the pseudo-academic polemics who pretend to know more than everybody else.
Despite the Leave campaign’s protestations to the contrary, the pro-EU movement’s prophetic vision, dubbed ‘Project Fear’, is coming to pass. This is why we need a second referendum: not because Remain would win, but because we now have the tangible evidence with which to make an informed choice, says Chris Wright CBE.
Book Review: Saving Britain: How we must change to prosper in Europe, authored by Will Hutton and Andrew Adonis, published by Abacus, June 2018. 256 pages. ISBN: 9781408711224. UK £8.99
Hutton and Adonis’ creation is nothing but a polemic of pre-Brexit Blairite thinking masquerading as a set of solutions to the new Brexit age, argues Bruce Newsome.
Bruce Newsome assesses Norman Johnsen’s case for EU member states returning to a close alliance of independent nation-states, while Britain gives up its neo-Popperian ideals of “globalization”, “political correctness”, and “multiculturalism” for its traditional “values”.
The European Union’s stated aim of an ever-closer union is based upon an intellectual confusion. It is the character of the EU itself that should determine our perception of it rather than the hum-drum trivial distractions we see daily, says Sean Walsh.
Professor Robert Tombs believes the radical economic reform the country witnessed during the 1980s has given rise to a generational divide in outlook, which can be seen in people's perception of Brexit.
To help remedy political disillusionment the Conservative Party needs a new leader. It should learn from the Labour Party – whose party members elect their leader, and who is consequently more in touch with what the people want than what the elite claim they want, Bruce Newsome argues.
The public continues to be mis-sold the implications of Brexit. Rather than the dour predictions we need to switch the narrative to one that talks up Brexit’s advantages rather than treating it as a grave problem in need of a painful solution, John Baron writes.
For the return of our national sovereignty, and for the country’s prosperity in the decades to come, without regulatory autonomy, withdrawal from the EU will be incomplete, say Shanker Singham, Dr Radomir Tylecote, and Victoria Hewson.
For future unity of purpose and political stability, we still need to settle the UK’s membership once and for all. Voters were given a say at the beginning, so it’s only natural they should have one at the end, argues Andrew Woodcock.
Such are the divisions between Labour and the Conservatives that we risk being left paralysed in a post-Brexit diplomatic vacuum unable to build forge stronger with the US, while inhibited from rebuilding links with the EU, Andrew O’Brien argues.
Peter Bingle believes Boris Johnson's time has come. He is the Tory politician most likely to deliver all northern Brexit marginals whilst being the genuine voice of liberal England. He stands unchallenged.
Those supporting Brexit will rue the day they failed to speak out about the slow-motion, calamitous train wreck Britain’s exit from the European Union is proving to be, warns Simon Allison. Meanwhile, MPs bravely steadfast in their opposition to our departure patiently await the arrival of their movement’s Churchill.
The only rational approach to Britain's negotiations with the EU is to choose a clean break and opt for global rules of trade provided by the WTO. In other words to opt for a 'no deal', argues John Longworth.
Comment Central’s Brexit Editor, Bruce Newsome, reviews “Clean Brexit: Why Leaving the EU Still Makes Sense” authored by Liam Halligan and Gerard Lyons, published by Biteback, paperback, 382 pp. £10.99, ISBN 9781785904035
Despite her Salzburg mauling, and Labour’s continued Brexit jumble, the Prime Minister remains adrift, clinging to her Chequers Agreement. I strongly advise her to jump ship into the ‘Canada +’ free trade life raft, says John Baron MP.
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