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George Smid: No deal Brexit must mean staying in the EU

Deal or No Deal – in the game show you either accept the offer or stay in the game. If you wish to sell a house you either do a deal or you stay in your house – no deal. In every situation if you don’t do the deal you stay put. Brexit claims to be different. ‘No deal’ means that we give away the house and hope it will never rain. Worse, with no deal we still might pay – by ‘walking away’ Britain could face international challenge for payments of already accepted financial commitments. Why should the Brexit...

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An appeal to all people of good will: join us in stopping the “barmy” amendment

We are making real progress with the campaign against what our Chairman termed “the barmy amendment” to write “29 March 2019 at 11.00PM” on the face of the EU Withdrawal Bill. Dominic and other MPs have made very clear their opposition. The proposed amendment would put Britain in to a straitjacket that increases the risk of a ‘no deal’ Brexit or of chaos because there isn’t time to sort out the details of future arrangements. The distinguished financial commentator Anthony Hilton has picked up on our CGE briefing paper “A Terrible Gamble” www.standard.co.uk/business/anthony-hilton-theresa-may-is-wrong-to-be-rigid-on-eu-departure-date-a3691651.html.   Even a Brexiteer MP – Geoffrey Cox QC...

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Taking a Terrible Gamble – Urgent Message from the Conservative Group for Europe

On Friday, we were all told that the House of Commons will be asked to amend the EU Withdrawal Bill to write an Exit Date – 29 March 2019 – on the face of the Bill.            Both our Chair, the Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC MP, and our deputy chair, Antoinette Sandbach MP, are opposed to this.   The proposal is fundamentally flawed.   We appeal to all members of the CGE to give all the support they can to our chair and deputy chair. We appeal to you to contact any MP you know – and your own MP –...

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Prime Ministers Message to EU Citizens living in the UK

Dear As I travel to Brussels today, I know that many people will be looking to us – the leaders of the 28 nations in the European Union – to demonstrate we are putting people first. I have been clear throughout this process that citizens’ rights are my first priority. And I know my fellow leaders have the same objective: to safeguard the rights of EU nationals living in the UK and UK nationals living in the EU. I want to give reassurance that this issue remains a priority, that we are united on the key principles, and that...

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If leaving the EU was hard.. getting in was harder by Edward Bickham

Britain’s entry into Europe was a long, painful process – with clear lessons for our even more painful departure, says EDWARD BICKHAM, curator of a new exhibition on this pivotal period in British history During the late 1940s, Winston Churchill had been the darling of many European political salons as a result of making trenchant speeches advocating a new form of European unity. At the start he presented Britain, along with the United States, as a sponsor and facilitator rather than a direct participant, but by the end of the decade he clearly envisaged British involvement in the new...

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