17 September 2019 Europe Anti-EU sentiment is rising across much of the continent. The European Union’s institutions can appear undemocratic. And the wisdom of its commitment to austerity policies in member states like Greece has been roundly questioned. Almost everyone agrees that the EU needs to be reformed. But is it possible? Hilary Wainwright and Grace Blakeley take sides. Making the case for YES is Hilary Wainwright, a Fellow of the Transnational Institute and co-editor of Red Pepper. Her latest book is A New Politics from the Left (Polity Press). Arguing NO is Grace Blakeley, a political economist and author of the upcoming Stolen: How to Save the World from Financialisation (Repeater Books). Hilary Wainwright: There’s an important distinction to be made between European Union treaties in which neoliberal economics (reducing public expenditure, deregulating labour, privatization, etc) are inscribed and, on the other hand, the implementation of … [Read more...] about Can the European Union be reformed?
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David Conn presents an accurate and fair appraisal of the shortcomings in highlighting the practical benefits to the UK’s regions of EU membership (What has the EU done for us? We still don’t have an answer, 10 July). I know from experience that it was not for want of trying. In the event of a further referendum the lessons of 2016’s failure must be fully understood when, as we know, a heavy price was paid for not winning the argument on the significant benefits of EU membership to the UK’s regions, including the one I represent in the European parliament. But the headline of Conn’s article, perhaps inadvertently, falls into the trap that could lead to losing this argument yet again. Looking at this from a standpoint of “What has the EU done for us?” risks reinforcing the lazy and damaging characterisation of a monolithic EU handing down to us, telling us what’s best for us and so on. The reality is that the benefits of EU membership have … [Read more...] about What the European Union has done for us
With the European Union hot in our minds following last night's election results announcement, we decided to take a look back at all the things the EU has given Cambridgeshire. You read the results in full for the East of England by clicking here. While we may have embraced our democratic right to elect MEPs one last time - 39,930 turned out to vote in Cambridge on Thursday- we did so in the knowledge our place in the European Union is precarious at best. As Brexit looms ever large, it is perhaps a fitting moment to put the flag waving, milkshake throwing antics aside and reflect upon what our membership has done for us. None of us know how the process of exiting Europe will end, but we can say what the EU has meant for Cambridge. Since the UK joined the European Economic Community on January 1 1973, it has influenced the shape and future of Cambridge in many ways. EU Support for Farming The county's large agriculture industry has been heavily supported by the EU, which … [Read more...] about Five things the European Union has done for Cambridgeshire
Populist and eurosceptic parties have emerged in many countries of the European Union, although not all go as far as wanting a Brexit-style departure. European voters are going to the polls to choose a new parliament from May 23-26 and gains for eurosceptics and the far right would be a new blow for the bloc's established leaders as the Brexit crisis rumbles on. Here is a selection of nations with significant eurosceptic, anti-establishment and anti-immigration parties: - Britain - In a referendum on June 23, 2016, Britons voted to quit the EU by 52 percent to 48 percent in an outcome that stunned the EU and the wider world. The divorce process has been fraught and two extensions to the original March 29 deadline mean Britain paradoxically still took part in the European Parliament elections on Thursday, on the eve of Prime Minister Theresa May's resignation announcement. Results will be announced on Sunday. At the last elections in 2014, the UK Independence Party (UKIP) capitalised on … [Read more...] about Eurosceptic and populist forces in the European Union
United Kingdom European Union membership referendum “ Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union? ” LocationUnited Kingdom (pop. 65.648m) and Gibraltar (pop. 0.030m)Date23 June 2016 Results Votes % Leave 17,410,742 51.89% Remain 16,141,241 48.11% Valid votes 33,551,983 99.92% Invalid or blank votes 25,359 0.08% Total votes 33,577,342 100.00% Registered voters/turnout 46,500,001 72.21% Results by voting areas Leave Remain On the map, the darker shades for a colour indicate a larger margin. The results for Northern Ireland are by parliamentary constituency. The electorate of 46.5m represents 70.8% of the population.The United Kingdom European Union membership referendum, also known as the EU referendum and the Brexit referendum, took place on 23 June 2016 in the United Kingdom (UK) and Gibraltar to ask the electorate if the country should remain a member of, … [Read more...] about 2016 United Kingdom European Union membership referendum