Brexit Matters: What Next?

SOURCE: Kalypso Nicolaïdis On February 1, I joined the wonderful France24 team which came from Paris to cover it all from London’s Westminster Tower (see backdrop). Back to back French and English of course. I will continue, as with the last three years working with F24, to try both to explain but also to argue for a more constructive, gentler Brexit. Joined by Femi Oluwole, spokesman for the next generation, anti-Brexit activist who co-founded  “Our future Our choice”.  And by two Brexiters Alex Story, from “Leave EU Business group” and CEO of a property company and former Brexit Party MEP, Ben Habib — envers et contre tout, we must continue to listen to each other’s stories.  In English with Katherine Nicholson: https://www.france24.com/en/europe/20200201-au-revoir-europe-britain-heads-uncharted-waters-leaves-eu and in French, with journalist Caroline de Camaret: https://www.france24.com/fr/europe/20200201-brexit-le-d%C3%A9but-de-la-fin White Cliffs of Dover on the night: Publications “Brexit and the compatibility paradigm“, UK in a Changing Europe, 15 March 2018 “Mutual Recognition: Promise and Denial, from Sapiens to Brexit”, Current Legal Problems, December 2017. “Exodus, Reckoning, Sacrifice: Brexit Mythology Or why I believe that St Antony’s is the best place to advocate a Do-No-Harm Brexit,” in The Antonian Newsletter 2017, p. 11, 2017 “The Political Mantra: Brexit, Control and the Transformation of the European Order,” in Federico Fabbrini, ed, … Continue reading

Eugenics and Boris Johnson

Warning from Jacky Peacock: This is what happens when right-wing elite politicians get to run a country. The London Economic | It’s 2020, and eugenics is back on the agenda It’s 2020, and eugenics is back on the agenda Comment from W.H.: Is woke policy on abortions and homosexuality anything other than a different way of serving the same population reduction agenda? As for equality, it is a desideratum, not a reality. To make issues like this party political is to promote divide-and-rule. It would be good for people on both sides of issues like this to curb their passions and calm down. Or stop feigning indignation. Party politicising is not the only way to express disagreement. … Continue reading

Why the Republic must consider rejoining the Commonwealth

SOURCE: THE IRISH TIMES Brexit means we need to build new bridges both to Britain and to a wider world   Brexit is a reminder that many people have been puzzled as to why a country would suddenly and unilaterally withdraw from an international organisation that promotes co-operation, democracy and human rights. An organisation that many other states are bending over backwards to join. The international organisation that comes to mind is the commonwealth, which Ireland suddenly left in 1949. In doing so this State cut itself off from 2.4 billion people who form a voluntary association of 53 sovereign, equal and independent states. The British commonwealth that we left is no more. The word “British” has been dropped. Republics are welcome as members. The commonwealth has its own flag and operates on the basis of equality between all members. Thirty-one of the member countries are small states or island nations, like our own. Some of the members – Rwanda and Mozambique – have no historical connection to the British Empire. Every country in the organisation has an equal say. Today’s commonwealth is not about British dominance. Since Ireland left, a separate commonwealth secretariat has been established, to promote democracy, human … Continue reading