Populists have tripled their vote share in Europe over the past 20 years and one in four Europeans now votes populist. From a global perspective, during the 2000s and up until recently, progressive and centrist movements lost ground and many believe the centre is dead. However, there are signs that change is in the air with a growing number of centrist and progressive politicians making inroads across Europe and around the world. It’s not been easy for them, but Emmanuel Macron, in France, Jacinda Ardern, in New Zealand, Pedro Sánchez, in Spain, and Justin Trudeau, in Canada, are helping to move the centrist dials. From our research and numerous conversations with voters across the UK, we find very clear evidence that the centre, and a more progressive form of politics, is attractive to a decent chunk of voters. In the UK, there was a time, after the 2015 general election and Labour’s surge to the left, when it seemed that the Conservatives would govern from the centre … [Read more...] about The centre ground may look barren but that’s the place to look for life
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Mr Varadkar told Bloomberg TV the border at present was “totally open” but that if things went “very wrong” it would “look like 20 years ago”. Asked to describe what a hard border would look like if the outcome of Brexit was a worst-case, Mr Varadkar said: “It would involve customs posts, it would involve people in uniform and it may involve the need, for example, for cameras, physical infrastructure, possibly a police presence or army presence to back it up.” His comments have been criticised by Democratic Unionist Party MP Gregory Campbell who said the Taoiseach should “dial down the rhetoric”. “This is deeply unhelpful talk. Mr Varadkar knows full well the connotations of such statements and he knows it’s nonsense,” he added. A Government spokesman issued a statement after the interview to clarify that Mr Varadkar was not referring to the Irish Army. “The Taoiseach made it clear in the … [Read more...] about Brexit border: ‘I have yet to see a technology that can look into a truck and tell me if there’s hormones in the beef or not’
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David Green 23 October 2018 11:26 AM 23 October 2018 11:26 AM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp Would it really be so terrible if there were checks at the Irish Sea instead of at the border between Northern Ireland and Ireland? Such checks could be carried out without threatening the constitutional status of Northern Ireland as part of the UK. Some say that there should be no differences between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK but there are already differences of the most fundamental kind. The Belfast Agreement accepts that if the majority of people in Northern Ireland vote to join the republic then the UK government will not stand in their way. There is also a British-Irish Council which gives the Irish Government a role in policy making north of the border. Northern Ireland already has special status and it is only because we in the UK have given it a unique position that additional checks at the border are necessary. When we leave the … [Read more...] about Why Leavers should support a border in the Irish Sea
Top story: ‘Nafta has negative connotations’ Hello, it’s Warren Murray bringing you the news of this moment. Donald Trump has declared he will strike a new trade deal with Mexico while ripping up the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta) and threatening a trade war with Canada. The president invited reporters into the Oval Office, where in front of them he called his Mexican counterpart, Enrique Peña Nieto, by speakerphone in an awkward exchange about the proposed deal. “I like to call this deal the United States-Mexico trade agreement, I think it’s an elegant name,” said Trump. Nafta reduced most trade barriers between the US, Mexico and Canada. But Trump and other critics say it encouraged US companies including car manufacturers to move south of the border for lower wages. Talks to overhaul Nafta have proven contentious, with major disputes centred on car production and Canada’s protection for its dairy farmers. Trump has proposed … [Read more...] about Tuesday briefing: ‘Hello Enrique?’ Trump dials Mexico and hangs up on Nafta