The Posted Workers Directive is an excuse, not a reason, for opposing the Single Market

In recent speeches, most notably to the Scottish Labour Party conference, Jeremy Corbyn has cited the Posted Workers Directive as a reason for resisting membership of “the” Single Market, on the grounds that it allows workers from abroad to undercut the pay and conditions of local workers, and is therefore an example of how the […]

Corbyn’s position on EU state aids and privatisation is mired in ignorance and casual racism – Labour needs to be so much better than this.

In an extraordinary speech to the Scottish Labour Party conference, Jeremy Corbyn has set out a position on the EU that is both ignorant and racist. The offending passage reads as follows: We cannot be held back inside or outside the EU from taking the steps we need to develop and invest in cutting edge […]

Corbyn’s EU speech: right direction, but still serious misunderstandings

Jeremy Corbyn has made his much-trailed major speech on the EU.  As widely trailed, Corbyn appears to have accepted the principle of a customs union with the EU.  It was a fascinating and wide-ranging speech, although still concerned, as ever, with generalities rather than detailed policy proposals. Corbyn structured the speech around three main themes: […]

New evidence shows that the Brexit vote was not the revolt of the left-behind. Will Labour respond?

A week ago, I attended a Welsh Labour Brexit Summit in Cardiff  and heard Labour’s Shadow Spokesman for Exiting the EU, Keir Starmer MP, give a passionate speech about how the vote to the leave the EU was an expression of the political will of the people who had been left behind; and that we, […]

For the sake of liberal democracy in Britain, we must defeat Brexit in 2018

If there is one political narrative that has dominated late 2017, it is the unravelling of the Brexit project.  The evidence has mounted, not just that leaving the EU will make the UK a much poorer and meaner society; but that the polticians who are leading it are simply clueless.  The furore over blue passports […]

So who wrote those Brexit sectoral analyses? And why does it matter?

The recently-published sectoral analyses apparently prepared by the Department for Exiting the European Union have been received with an avalanche of ridicule.  As if some of the content were not banal enough (for example the unsurprising claim that fishing is concentrated in coastal towns), it’s now become clear that some passages were lifted directly from […]

Theresa May and a moment of the purest weakness

Theresa May’s extraordinary comments this afternoon — to the effect that there are some in Brussels who are seeking deliberately to influence the UK general election by spreading fear — deserve a little deconstruction. The fact that they appear to come straight from the Donald Trump playbook is far from the least concerning aspect of them. The EU is […]