Nicolas Sarkozy: UK referendum on EU an opportunity for change

By Hanne Cokelaere

Former President of France Nicolas Sarkozy said on Thursday Britain’s debate on its relationship with the European Union  should have been “an opportunity to accelerate change in Europe.”  In an interview with Le Figaro newspaper, Sarkozy said: “Some British demands are perfectly justified.”  
He called the possibility of Brexit a double shipwreck:    
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EU referendum: who needs experts when we've got Michael Gove? 

By Michael Deacon

Experts. Authorities. Specialists. People who know stuff. Should we listen to them? Or dismiss them out of hand as a load of stuck-up swots who think they know better than the rest of us, just because they know better than the rest of us?   It’s a difficult question. So thank goodness for Michael Gove. 

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‘Brexit,’ a Feel-Good Vote That Could Sink Britain’s Economy

By Peter S. Goodman

If not for the trifling matter of Britain potentially abandoning the European Union, Rowan Crozier figures the factory he oversees would already be clattering away with extra urgency. 

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Britain’s Risky Moment

By Washington Post Editorial

British Prime Minister David Cameron declared on Saturday that “we are approaching one of the biggest decisions this country will face in our lifetimes,” in a June referendum on whether to remain in the European Union. He’s right, unfortunately: A British vote against the EU would be a “step into the dark” that most likely would greatly harm Britain’s economy, its global influence and its ability to be a strategic partner of the United States. 

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Barack Obama and the end of the Anglosphere

By Gideon Rachman 

When supporters of the Vote Leave campaign sketch out a future for Britain outside the EU, they often point to the Anglosphere of English-speaking nations — bequeathed by Britain’s imperial past. So Barack Obama’s intervention in Britain’s EU referendum last week was a potentially devastating moment for the Brexit campaign. 

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Former London Mayor Boris Johnson Says He Isn’t Seeking to Replace British Prime Minister David Cameron

By  Jenny Gross and  Nicholas Winning

Late Wednesday, Boris Johnson and Michael Gove, who teamed up to win the campaign for Britain to leave the European Union, had their arms around each other, celebrating their victory at a Conservative Party fundraiser at the Hurlingham Club, a members-only hangout in West London. Read More - Click Here

Why, reluctantly, I would vote against the proposed Brexit deal

By Daniel Hannan

The deal that will come before Parliament next weekrepresents a devastating failure of British statecraft. It would keep most of the costs of EU membership while junking most of the benefits. It would require Britain to cede part of its territory to foreign jurisdiction. It would allow Brussels to control our commerce with non-EU states even after we leave.   
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U.K. Lawmakers Vote Against Leaving EU Without a Deal

By  Stephen Fidler and Jason Douglas

LONDON—British lawmakers on Wednesday unexpectedly ruled out a no-deal exit from the European Union, throwing Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit strategy into further confusion.   
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EU referendum: Former CIA director backs claims Brexit could be good for UK security because EU can "get in the way"

By William Turvill 

A former CIA director has backed claims that a so-called Brexit could be good for Britain's security.  Retired general Michael Hayden has said the European Union “in some ways gets in the way of the state providing security for its own citizens”. He was speaking after former head of MI6 Richard Dearlove yesterday said Britain could be safer outside of the EU. 

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Polls give boost to Cameron's fight against Brexit

By  William Schomberg and Paul Sandle

The campaign to keep Britain in the European Union regained its lead in two opinion polls published on Saturday, giving a boost to Prime Minister David Cameron who is battling to avoid a historic "Out" vote in Thursday's referendum.    Read More - Click Here

Brexit of Champions

By Jed Babbin

What reason does Britain have to go down with a sinking ship?  “Brexit,” the exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union, should be an easy choice for UK voters, but it will not be. That’s because the campaign against Brexit will be led by the man who should be campaigning for it, British Prime Minister David Cameron, head of the Conservative Party.  

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The humbling of Britain

By Martin Fletcher 

We are reduced to this. A humiliated, supplicant British prime minister sitting alone in a Brussels side room for six hours while the rest of the European Union discusses our fate. A government no longer capable of governing. A country that has become a byword for chaos and dysfunction. A sundered “United Kingdom”. Hundreds of thousands of Britons seeking citizenship in other EU states.  

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Why the Remain Campaign Lost the Brexit Vote

By  John Cassidy

To many people around the world, the United Kingdom’s vote, on Thursday, to quit the European Union came as a great shock. But the result, with fifty-two per cent of voters in favor leaving the E.U., shouldn’t have been such a surprise. The fact is, the E.U. has never been particularly popular with ordinary people in the U.K., particularly England, and in the weeks leading up to the vote many opinion polls showed the Leave side with a narrow lead. Read More - Click Here

The man who brought you Brexit 

By Sam Knight

Until about nine months ago, leaving the European Union was not something that sensible British politicians talked about.     Read More - Click Here 

Cameron Calls for Calm in Conservative Civil War Over Brexit

By Thomas Penny 

Prime Minister David Cameron pledged to end so-called “blue-on-blue” attacks between members of his Conservative Party in the final weeks of campaigning for the referendum on European Union membership.

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EU referendum: Pros and cons of Britain voting to leave Europe

By The Week Ltd 

Should Britain stay in the EU? The country will decide in a referendum on 23 June.   On 23 June, the UK will settle a question that's been rumbling close to the surface of British politics for a generation: should the country remain within the European Union, or leave the organisation and go it alone. Both sides insist that the outcome of the vote will settle the matter of Britain's EU membership for the foreseeable future. 

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After the Earthquake

By  Roger Kimball

A cartoon on the front page of The Telegraph this morning sums up the stunned mood in London. “Good evening,” a newsreader says. “Aliens didn’t land on earth and Elvis wasn't found alive, but everything else happened.” The triumph of Brexit sent shock waves through the edifice of polite opinion. Read More - Click Here

In Britain, breaking up is hard to do

By David Stewart

Listening to a powerful performance of Shostakovich’s “Leningrad” Symphony at the wonderful Proms summer music festival at London’s Royal Albert Hall made something click.  

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Boris Johnson to face off against Alex Salmond in Telegraph EU debate

By Peter Dominiczak

Boris Johnson will face off against Alex Salmond in a European Union debate hosted by The Telegraph. The debate, in partnership with the Huffington Post and powered by YouTube, will also feature Eurosceptic Priti Patel, the employment minister, and Remain campaigner Liz Kendall, the Labour MP who took part in last year’s Labour leadership contest.  

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Out of the Brexit Turmoil: Opportunity

By  Henry A. Kissinger

The impact of the British vote is so profound because the emotions it reflects are not confined to Britain or even Europe. The popular reaction to European Union institutions (as reflected in public-opinion polls) is comparable in most major countries, especially France and Spain.   Read More - Click Here

Remain MPs could block EU single market withdrawal post-Brexit

By Emilio Casalicchio

Some 474 MPs who back a Remain vote are considering using the weight of their House of Commons majority out of fears a newly negotiated trade deal could be limited, the BBC reports.  But Vote Leave insisted MPs will be unable to "defy the will of the electorate" on key issues such as trade. 

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A Better Britain Outside the EU

By Tim Montgomerie (WSJ)

Brexit—a British exit from the European Union—would give the U.K. self-determination and free it from the dysfunctional European project. Margaret Thatcher predicted that it would end in tears. She described “the drive to create a European superstate” as “perhaps the greatest folly of the modern era.”

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EU referendum: Sterling volatility hits crisis levels as David Cameron warns Brexit would 'put a bomb under economy'   

By Michael Wilkinson

The rival EU referendum camps have clashed over the economy, after David Cameron said Brexit would "put a bomb" under the UK's prospects. The Prime Minister accused the Leave campaign of an "undemocratic and reckless" failure to explain to voters how they see Britain's economic future in the case of a Brexit vote in the June 23 referendum.

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Theresa May's Brexit plan is bold and ambitious – and it deserves to succeed  

Good things come to those who wait. Theresa May’s excellent speech on Brexit was months in the making, but that time was well spent. Mrs May voted Remain, and needed time to think through all of the issues with experts, civil servants and her Cabinet before deciding exactly how to proceed. 

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Brexit: Waiting for Elizabeth

Editorial of The New York Sun

It looks — at least to us — like Brexit is going to have to be decided by Queen Elizabeth II. Will Her Majesty give her Royal Assent to the bill the Commons has just passed outlawing a so-called no-deal-Brexit? That is, will she be the one to forsake the independence of her own kingdom? Or will she protect the monarchy, which has been sovereign for a thousand years?  
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EU referendum morning briefing: Leave threatens £2.4bn bill for Britain 

By The Guardian

Remain campaigners say claim is ‘nonsense’ in light of UK veto; Cameron takes stage with Commons rivals; and new poll puts Brexit four points ahead.  David Cameron might not want to face fellow Conservatives in debates over Britain’s future but today he’ll issue a statement with politicians usually found on the opposite side of the Commons, teaming up with Labour’s Harriet Harman, Lib Dem leader Tim Farron and Green party leader Natalie Bennett to label the Brexit campaign a “con-trick”. 

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Leave given marginal poll lead hours before Brits start voting as European Commission president warns there will be no further renegotiation with Brussels 

By  Michael Wilkinson and Laura Hughes

Michael Gove has "lost it", David Cameron said after his friend compared economic experts warning about the fall-out of Brexit to the Nazis smearing Albert Einstein in the 1930s.    Read More - Click Here

Beware the “Brintroverts”  

By Bagehot

One more straw in the wind: the overall trajectory of the polls. In the final week of the campaign there has been a clear, if not overwhelming, tilt towards Remain.     Read More - Click Here

Why I’m backing Brexit

By Michael Gove

For weeks now I have been wrestling with the most difficult decision of my political life. But taking difficult decisions is what politicians are paid to do. No-one is forced to stand for Parliament, no-one is compelled to become a minister. If you take on those roles, which are great privileges, you also take on big responsibilities.  I was encouraged to stand for Parliament by David Cameron and he has given me the opportunity to serve in what I believe is a great, reforming Government. I think he is an outstanding Prime Minister. There is, as far as I can see, only one significant issue on which we have differed.

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Why Americans Should Celebrate the Brexit Vote

By  Nile Gardiner

The United States should seize upon Brexit as a tremendous opportunity to sign an historic free trade agreement with the United Kingdom—a deal that would advance prosperity on both sides of the Atlantic.    Read More - Click Here

Beyond Brexit, reflections after the Tories’ elections triumph – The United Kingdom is set to leave the European Union at 11 p.m., January 31, 2020.

By Lord Alton of Liverpool

The decisive redrawing of the electoral map was a reminder to the Twitter- and social media-obsessed that what G.K. Chesterton called “the secret people” are still able to have the last word:  We hear men speaking for us of new laws strong and sweet,/ Yet is there no man speaketh as we speak in the street./ … But we are the people of England; and we have not spoken yet. Smile at us, pay us, pass us. But do not quite forget.

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British Lords a-Leaping to Brexit from Brussels

By  Deroy Murdock

“The U.S. was built of the people, by the people, for the people, but tragically the EU is now something that’s done to the people,” says Dobbs, currently executive producer of the Emmy-winning Netflix series.   Read More - Click Here

Brexit: Isolationism or Atlanticism?

By  Max Boot

Who could have possibly imagined that one of the consequences of President Obama’s failure to intervene in Syria to stop the civil war would be Britain’s exit from the EU—a move that he opposed?   Read More - Click Here

How do I watch the EU referendum debates live?  

By the UK Mirror

David Cameron may be refusing to go head-to-head with Tories - but there'll still be some big showdowns. Here are the dates for your diary

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Daniel Hannan MEP: A Bright Brexit Future

Exit Britain? 

By  Douglas Murray 

For at least a quarter of a century, there was no greater bore in British politics than the Eurobore, who warned against Britain’s loss of sovereignty to Brussels. 

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May’s Brexit vision is Churchill’s vision of Britain and Europe

By Daniel Hannan

Why, then, am I so chirpy about Theresa May’s speech? Isn’t my market-oriented version of Brexit soggier than her supposedly granite-hard one? Doesn’t mine place more emphasis on trade and less on immigration?   
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21 Dogs With Opinions On Brexit

BuzzFeed Staff

“We must protect our borders and our sovereignty. Woof.”                          

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A Mandate for Liberty, a Rejection of Subservience: What Brexit Means

By  Roger Kimball

This vote was a mandate for liberty, a rejection of subservience, and above all a rejection of the disgusting moral blackmail of "Project Fear" disseminated by the vested interests of the world establishment.   Read More - Click Here

Theresa May is decisive over Brexit but we choose not to listen

By  Janan Ganesh

Critics are in denial when they call the prime minister a vacillator     - Theresa May grew up in the England where nothing is said that can be implied through body language or withheld altogether. For six years she ran the Home Office, a trove of secrets, some of which touch on life and death.    

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Euro-court outlaws criticism of EU

By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard in Brussels

THE European Court of Justice ruled yesterday that the European Union can lawfully suppress political criticism of its institutions and of leading figures, sweeping aside English Common Law and 50 years of European precedents on civil liberties. The EU's top court found that the European Commission was entitled to sack Bernard Connolly, a British economist dismissed in 1995 for writing a critique of European monetary integration entitled The Rotten Heart of Europe. 

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EU referendum: Poll reveals 10-point swing towards Brexit as Leave campaign gains momentum

By Andrew Grice

The campaign to take Britain out of the EU has opened up a remarkable 10-point lead over the Remain camp, according to an exclusive poll for The Independent.  The survey of 2,000 people by ORB found that 55 per cent believe the UK should leave the EU (up four points since our last poll in April), while 45 per cent want it to remain (down four points). 

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‘An Illusion of Sovereignty’

Editorial of The New York Sun 

What, we wonder, does Queen Elizabeth II make of the way her prime minister has begun arguing against British independence? The question struck us as we watched this week an interview Mr. Cameron gave to the BBC, where he offered an early glimpse of his case for staying in the European Union. 

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Pro-Remain MPs could trigger 'constitutional crisis' by using Commons majority to keep Britain in the EU after Brexit vote  

By Christopher Hope 

MPs could seek to keep Britain in the European single market even if the public vote in the referendum to leave the European Union, in a move which anti-EU Tories said was “unacceptable” and would cause a “constitutional crisis”. 

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Strengthening the ties between the United States, United Kingdom, and the English speaking world.

Will There Always Be an England?

By  Roger Kimball

Sitting here in a London Starbucks on the day of the most fateful vote in recent British history, I wonder what Ross Parker and Hughie Charles would make of the controversy over "Brexit."    Read More - Click Here

The Economist’s guide to Britain’s EU referendum

By  The Economist Staff

The facts about everything from sovereignty and immigration to economics and the consequences of leaving. To help interested readers, we have now assembled all our Brexit briefs together.   Read More - Click Here

Brexit Is a Break for U.S. After Years of Failure In Policy on Europe

By  Conrad Black 

The current hysteria is the usual mindless idiocy of financial specialists who don’t know anything about politics or strategic issues, especially when they unfold in foreign countries.   Read More - Click Here