Posts Tagged “eu referendum”

Election 2017: actually, this is good for all parties

by Stephen Tall on April 18, 2017

Well, who saw that coming? Not me. But Theresa May’s decision to call a ‘snap’ election actually suits all parties pretty well. First, the Tories will win, and will win big. Two recent polls suggest leads over Labour topping 20%, (…)

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Article 50 and the Great Brexit Opportunity Cost

by Stephen Tall on March 29, 2017

Embed from Getty Images Brexit could be okay. It might happen. Maybe it will be possible for the UK to negotiate constructively with the other EU states an exit which respects the rights of EU citizens in the UK and (…)

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What Vote Leave said about UK membership of the single market

by Stephen Tall on January 18, 2017

So this morning I tweeted: Fellow Remainers, please stop pretending Vote Leave said UK would stay in the single market. It didn't. Let's not join the fake news rush. — Stephen Tall (@stephentall) January 18, 2017 I got a (…)

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Theresa May’s Hard Brexit: politically and tactically smart

by Stephen Tall on January 17, 2017

It’s official: it’s a hard Brexit. We’re not just exiting the EU, confirmed Theresa May today, we’re also exiting the single market and probably the customs union also. Now, I’m a Remainer and last year’s 23rd June result left me (…)

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Why I think Theresa May is pretty much the ideal prime minister for our times

by Stephen Tall on September 6, 2016

Embed from Getty Images Theresa May is pretty much the ideal prime minister for the times we live in. Not because she gives every appearance of being reassuringly tough, shrewd, hard-working and very clearly competent but because she’s no ideologue. (…)

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The Brexit rupture: sorry if I take it personally. But it is.

by Stephen Tall on July 8, 2016

Honestly, I’ve not known what to write this past fortnight: so much things to say. But, then, so’s everyone else. I was at a big dinner last night in the Remain stronghold of Oxford (numerous ‘in’ posters, and even a (…)

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My Brexit take in 7 tweets

by Stephen Tall on June 10, 2016

[View the story “Views of a Lib Dem Eurosceptic on Leave / Remain” on Storify]

Who will speak for England? Turns out, it’s David Cameron

by Stephen Tall on February 4, 2016

Much deserved mockery greeted the Daily Mail’s portentous front page plea for a plucky patriot to take up cudgels on behalf of Brexit: Today the Mail asks a question of profound significance to our destiny as a sovereign nation and (…)

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Europe and the Election (2): In defence of Nicola Sturgeon

by Stephen Tall on April 8, 2015

(You can read Europe and the Election (1): Blair’s back, but wrong here.) Nicola Sturgeon has taken some stick today for hinting the SNP might call for another independence referendum in their 2016 Scottish parliament manifesto, despite Alex Salmond having previously said (…)

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Principle and Realpolitik: why the Lib Dems should back an EU in/out referendum

by Stephen Tall on June 18, 2014

My co-editor Caron Lindsay has asked the following question, amid reports senior Lib Dems want the party to commit to an in/out EU referendum in the next parliament: “What do you think? Stay as we are or shift our position?” My own view is the party has nothing to lose by offering a referendum in the 2015 […]