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Brexit EU Worker Plans: Buildings, Bulldozers & Broken Promises

In All, Article 50, Brexit Plan, EU Workers by Adam

The problem with this whole issue is that it falls outside the control of the trade part of the issue and into the politicised immigration issue. Dealing with that issue gets tied up in knots. No-one really knows what the Brexit EU worker plans are. Every time I consider the issue of EU nationals currently in the UK, I always come back to the same concern of a possible catch-22 situation arising. Whatever the Brexit EU worker plans are, it has to be something that we consider carefully rather than bulldozer through Article 50. The impact on UK industry is potentially vast, and expecting the public of the UK and EU to sit on their hands for two years is, frankly, ridiculous. By letting the whole EU referendum be distracted by Nigel Farage posing in front of propaganda dominated by …

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Banking on Brexit: is it time to Invest in the UK?

In All, Brexit, Invest in the UK, Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visas by Adam

I am no expert when it comes to stocks and shares and all the jargon that goes with the financial markets. However, with even a layman’s eye, it looks like this could be a good time to invest in the UK. With a weaker pound, and a buyer’s market developing, investment opportunities for 2017 are emerging since Brexit. It’s important to see through the fog of politics that Brexit is causing because at the moment no-one knows what the final deal will be with regards to trading. More importantly, no-one knows how this will affect immigration from EU and EEA countries, which affects work-forces and trade from EU countries. However, the UK has always had more of its net migration from non-EU/EEA countries, and it is unlikely that this will change anyway. Some of the really big corporate players are considering moving …

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Brexit Democracy already being Questioned

In All, Brexit, EU Referendum by Adam

Article 50 was triggered just yesterday and I already have a question about the romanticism of ‘Brexit Democracy’. Surely eyebrows should be raised by the idea that hundreds or even thousands of EU Laws will be rushed through into UK law without our sovereign parliament’s involvement or vote. To be honest I am angry that I first learn about this from an article in the Independent article Brexit will see 1,000 new laws passed into British law with no parliamentary scrutiny. I am in two minds about this. Part of me wants to express relief that substantial time will not be wasted on so many laws that pretty much just need a Microsoft Word “Replace All” from EU to UK. However, the other part of my mind is very concerned by the idea of these going unchecked. And that comes from my own …

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Article 50 Triggered: Have We Shot Ourselves in the Foot?

In All, Article 50, Brexit by Adam

The simple fact with Article 50 and the whole act of getting Brexit underway is that we do not know what will happen over the next two years, with any certainty. However, that shouldn’t negate the need to have a good idea of what could happen, or what plans we want to put forward. In Prime Minister’s Question time today, Angus Robertson asked the PM about the promise she had made to discuss with Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland the details of the plan before triggering Article 50. Which she didn’t. So that was another promise broken by the PM. Article 50 is all a matter of trust Trust is a really big problem for Brexit, and it has been throughout the campaigns leading up the referendum. The £350m promise on the side of a bus has become almost synonymous with the …

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Why are Brexit Plans So Secret?

In All, Article 50, Brexit, Brexit Plan by Adam

What are the Brexit Plans? We’re constantly reminded that we live in a democracy. We’re always being told that “Brexit” is the “will of the people.” That’s why no matter how close the vote was, we must go forth with the Brexit plans. But what are they? The BBC televised a 90-minute question time yesterday all about Brexit. I lasted 10 minutes. It’s not that I am disinterested or that I don’t feel it is relevant – far from it – I am just tired of hearing politicians dodging answering simple questions. How can we claim to live in a democracy if the people that we elect to represent us take liberties with such responsibility and do everything behind closed doors? How can I be even slightly confident about the way the government will handle the Brexit Plans if I …

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Pulling the Brexit Trigger: Who Will Pay the Penalty?

In All, Article 50, Brexit, Brexit Plan by Adam

Brexit Trigger: taking the shot Imagine that pulling the Brexit Trigger was all just a huge game of football. Not just any game, though: the deciding game that could see the Away team relegated if they lose. The Away team arrive on their big blue bus, parking next to the Home team have bus, which has been painted with a slogan about winning by 350 goals on the side. It seems an outlandish claim, and nothing is given to show it is even possible: but still it glares at them. ‘Swarms’ of Away fans – who have a reputation for taking up much needed seats in the ground, eating all the food, and bringing violence and crime to the game – arrive at the ground peacefully, ready to get the game going. The Game begins. Twenty-two players run around a field, frantically kicking a …

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Why a Second Referendum Could Just Repeat the Same Mistake

In All, Brexit, EU Referendum, Poll by Adam

There were calls for a second Referendum since approximately…the 24th of June 2016. Most of those calls have no doubt come from those who felt bitter about the loss. However, there is a lot of intelligent and considered thought – which only ever seems to happen in hindsight – about the nature of the original referendum and the problems it showed. If we just had a second referendum we could end up repeating the same mistakes. I have discussed the problem of the way the referendum ran and ended before, especially since the knife-edge result was seen in the Scottish independence and the American presidential elections, too. The the problem lies with the way such a huge and complex decision of constitutional level was left to an “either/or” vote. It was like answering an essay question with a “yes” or a …

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A British Brexit Voice Not Heard

In All, Brexit, Free Movement by Adam

Something isn’t right when it takes a Belgian to call out for protection of British people louder and clearer than our own government. The EU referendum has resulted with a British Brexit from the EU, but Guy Verhofstadt has put his hand up and called for Brits in the EU to be protected. Verhofstadt has been clear on his opinion over the whole referendum, calling it a “disaster” and a “tragedy” – clearly something he feels very strongly about. In fact, he speaks with more blunt honesty than our own leaders who, as they slither around giving a straight answer or daring an opinion.  Usually they reserve the puerile personal attacks on each other for their parliamentary shouting matches. At the moment Theresa May is holding on tight to her insistence that Brits in the EU should be guaranteed their status before …

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The Brexit Debate Claims a New Victim: Dark-Side-Democracy?

In All, Brexit by Adam

There’s something quite disconcerting about hearing that anyone involved in government is sacked merely for having an opinion that differs from the party line. The Brexit debate is currently dominated by the ping-pong between the Commons and the Lords over amendments that the Lords have requested. The Lords dealt their second blow to the Article 50 Bill yesterday. Lord Heseltine was leading a rebellion against the current proposals – as he is perfectly entitled to do in the Lords – only to receive a crushing blow in return. Theresa May sacked him. Apparently he was leading the rebellion of himself and 12 other Tory peers against the current state of Article 50 and the Brexit debate. Brexit Debate or Debacle? I have no intention of delving into the details of that debate itself here – we have many other posts …

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Free Movement is Getting Caught in the Net

In All, Brexit, Free Movement by Adam

Considering that net migration was one of the main concerns of the EU referendum, the news that peers have warned that free movement will not reduce immigration numbers must have come as a shock to many. After all, for those who hung on every promise of reduced immigration it might even seem like yet another broken promise. The NHS not getting the £350m per week; the fact that we had never given up sovereignty; news that leaving the EU could prove very expensive… all of these new revelations probably have some Brexit voters reeling, and some Remain voters pulling their hair out in frustration. That’s the problem with running a campaign on media hyperbole and fantastical reporting. Free Movement is going round in circles Surely, if we think logically about this, the EU was never going to give the UK …