This suggests that with a fortnight to go before the vote, and the polls pointing to a close race, the remain camp’s key proposition – that leaving the EU would “put a bomb under the economy”, as David Cameron called it – has either not reached the public, or is not believed. … [Read more...] about UK poll finds just 25% believe Brexit would reduce living standards
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ICM Unlimited interviewed a random sample of 1,000 adults by telephone between 10 and 13 June 2016. ICM separately interviewed 2,001 adults aged 18 and over online between 10 and 13 June 2016. In both cases, interviews were conducted across the country and the results have been weighted to the profile of all adults. ICM is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules. … [Read more...] about EU referendum: leave takes six-point lead in Guardian/ICM polls
Leaving the EU doesn’t mean an end to immigration but it does mean that we will be able to decide who comes here and how they come. We must still welcome the dedicated medical professionals who help keep our NHS on track. We can still admit the entrepreneurial and highly qualified individuals who will help build prosperity. If immigration is controlled and people begin to have faith in the system again, I also hope we might be open to taking more refugees from the world’s trouble spots. In other words a post-EU immigration regime can support our public services, expand our economy and also deliver humanitarian objectives; but because it will be under our control there won’t be unexpected and excessive pressures on our schools, hospitals and public infrastructure. … [Read more...] about Brexit would help us control immigration. Like me, many Labour voters want out
You almost feel for Green (whose track record includes, as well as his Olympic hiring of Danny Boyle, the tragicomic Beijing segment featuring a red bus and Boris Johnson). Even the managers of the Millennium Dome, that monument to all doomed national festivities, were never asked to separate the endeavour from the year 2000. Nobody asked Green, when he supervised Hull’s time as City of Culture, if he wouldn’t mind staging it in Huddersfield (though actually, for poorer people in Hull, that might not have made much difference). But the great You Lost Get Over It Festival could also, we gather, be about “healing and coming together”. How? “Of course, I’m not the one who is going to answer the question,” Green has said. “The great creatives of this country will.” … [Read more...] about What delights will be laid on for a joyful nation at the forthcoming Festival of Brexit?
In 2016 Davis argued that after Brexit, Britain should provide “an 0800 number that a small specialist manufacturer in the north of England, say, could call for practical help in Shanghai”. The infrastructure and knowledge base that would be needed for such a phone number to be feasible is still in its infancy. Developing it won’t be quick or easy. The challenge for advocates of “global Britain” is to now demonstrate that their confidence in acquiring new markets is not just bluster, and that they can draw the UK closer to a far-off economy about which we still know too little. … [Read more...] about With Brexit imminent, what are the chances of a UK trade deal with China?