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
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News / Dundee / Ewan Gurr by Ewan Gurr July 8, 2019, 4:55 pm Updated: July 8, 2019, 5:01 pm Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter One of the big political stories from last week was the publicity surrounding the cohort of 29 Brexit Party elected members turning their backs during the EU’s anthem in Strasbourg. While I was not surprised by their decision to do so, I was surprised by the coverage it received. As far as I can tell, the UK has been turning its back on the European Union for many years, even before the vote to leave in 2016. Since the referendum vote to leave, we have seen three rejections to the withdrawal agreement, a dire turnout at the most recent European elections and a Eurosceptic majority returned to the European Parliament, all of which serve as explicit acts of the UK turning its back on the European Union. Former Conservative Cabinet member Ann Widdecombe described the act as “symbolic” and, to be fair, it is … [Read more...] about EWAN GURR: Turning away from the European Union
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
THE UK voted to leave the European Union in the referendum in 2016, though Brexit has been delayed until at least October 31. But will Scotland be leaving the EU when Brexit finally happens? Here's what we know. Will Scotland stay in the EU? The Scottish National Party (SNP) want a second referendum on Scottish independence after Scottish people voted to stay part of the UK in 2014. The party believes a second referendum on independence will allow them to stay part of the EU. Nicola Sturgeon claims there is a "real chance" for Scotland to stay after Brexit. The SNP leader claimed Westminster had "ignored the overwhelming vote in Scotland" to remain in the EU. She claims a vote for the party in the upcoming European elections will allow Scotland's voice to be heard. Sturgeon said: "We can stand up for Scotland's right to be heard, and we can proclaim our determination to remain a European nation. "On 23 May people can send Theresa May - or whoever comes after her - a strong and resolute … [Read more...] about Could Scotland stay in the European Union after Brexit?