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Dame Lucy explains why Brexit is so complicated

I thought my source of leaks from deep in the official government machine had dried up. I was delighted and surprised to be sent an undercover copy of the latest instructions from Dame Lucy Doolittle to her team, and reproduce it here as I think it deserves a wider circulation. She has written: “It is […]

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Creating too much money

It is becoming more popular to criticise the Bank of England. Michael Gove has recently added his lashing to that from Jacob Rees-Mogg. There is now a strand of criticism which regards the end July announcement of more Quantitative Easing and the further cut in interest rates as an unwise move. Most commentators and politicians […]

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Mr Redwood’s intervention during the statement on Calais, 24 October

John Redwood (Wokingham) (Con): What success have the various authorities had in arresting or stopping the people traffickers? What more can be done to do that, and how can we dissuade any adult from committing money and a child to these dreadful people? The Home Secretary (The Rt Hon Amber Rudd MP): The National Crime […]

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Mr Redwood’s intervention during the Statement on the European Council, 24 October

John Redwood (Wokingham) (Con): I strongly welcome the Prime Minister’s statement. Will she confirm that this Parliament and the last Government gave the decision to the British people on EU membership, so surely it is now the duty of this Parliament smoothly to implement their wishes? The Prime Minister (The Rt Hon Theresa May MP): […]

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The Parliament Education Service

Parliament has a comprehensive Education Service which aims to engage young people to understand and get involved in Parliament, politics and democracy. They offer a year round programme of events for schools and teachers which includes visits to Westminster, school-based workshops and teacher training as well education projects and active learning competitions. In addition to […]

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How would we spend all the tariff money if the EU wants to damage their trade with us?

Yesterday Civitas published a useful piece of research cataloguing how much money the rest of the EU would have to pay for tariffs on goods we import from them if they opt for the WTO trade option instead of wanting to carry on tariff free. I have drawn attention to this before, and have heard […]

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Aleppo and Mosul

Pity the poor people of Aleppo and Mosul. Pity the poor children. Our hearts go out to those who face the bombs and bullets, and try to survive in such war torn cities. The west is rightly united in condemning the atrocities in Aleppo. The UK Foreign Office has made clear its fury, stating that […]

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The Court case about Article 50

I have found it difficult to take the Court case seriously, but I am assured by many clever people it is entirely serious and is part of the complex argument over how we leave the EU. To me it is no part of the Courts’ remit to tell Parliament what we do and do not […]

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Let’s get on with it

It was good news this week that the Brexit Secretary told us the UK will want a migration policy that is open to talent, skills and entrepreneurship once we have taken back control. He also reaffirmed the Prime Minister’s view that we do need to have our own policy under UK powers, not a policy […]

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The European Investment Bank

Yesterday I was asked onto the BBC World at One to explain how the UK will manage if we lose access to EIB loans. This was a rehash of a story Remain used in the referendum campaign. Sir Brian Unwin did the usual thing of trying to undermine the UK position by telling us how […]

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