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EU politics: Article 50

This, of course, only relates to the times when discussions on the negotiations are being held. Otherwise, UK representation continues unchanged, with voting powers unchanged.To understand Article 50 properly, though, we must go to Altiero Spinelli, father of the...

EU referendum: think of the farmers

Defra Secretary Owen Paterson has told Farmers Guardian that UK agriculture could be better served if Britain leaves the European Union.This was during an online discussion on the CAP, the same day that David Cameron finally announced he will offer the British public...

EU Referendum: subsidiarity rears its head

So far, the British media haven’t bitten, probably because Rutte isn’t a household name, but there are hidden depths to the Reuters piece which offer some clues as to sentiment on the continent.Rutte, speaking at Davos, concedes that “Europe needed...

EU referendum: a challenge from Merkel

Seen as a victory for Mr Cameron by some press reports in the wake of his “Europe” speech, German Chancellor Angela Merkel was reported as saying she wanted “to see a deal” with Britain. The Mailclaims he “even won the support of...

EU politics: don’t go to Brighton!

I was rather pleased with my train metaphor yesterday. That was the one where I equated Cameron having Britain staying in the EU but not progressing towards political union with him sitting on the Brighton train and denying he was going to Brighton.Now we have Cameron...

EU referendum: playtime over

If Mr Cameron has judged it correctly, yesterday’s euphoria over the announcement of an EU referendum will be sufficient to carry his party to victory at the 2015 general election. What happens at the euro-elections in the interim is of very little...

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