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This House Believes We Should Leave the European Union — Browser does not support script. Browser does not support script. Browser does not support script. Browser does not support script. Speaker(s): Ben Cobley, Hugo Dixon, Professor Katrin Flikschuh, Dr Gerard Lyons Chair: Dr Danielle Sands Recorded on 27 April 2016 at Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building On June 23, voters in the will make a decision regarding their willingness to share or pool some of the UK's sovereignty with the twenty-seven other member states of the European Union.

Dead hand of Downing Street lost referendum — Craig Oliver's Brexit book is not meant to expose David Cameron's strategic errors. The former prime minister's director of politics and communications is at pains to defend his boss's actions and his own. But his fly-on-the-wall account of the campaign - Unleashing Demons - inadvertently rams home how the dead hand of Downing Street lost the referendum.

Attempts to muzzle Remainers raise concerns for free speech — The government was forced to agree last week to a full and transparent debate on its Brexit plan before Article 50 is triggered. A cross-party group of MPs led by Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg - former leaders of Labour and the Lib Dems respectively - are now demanding a vote on the government's plan.

Can Philip Hammond stop a destructive Brexit? — There probably isn't a majority in either parliament or public for a destructive Brexit. That means Philip Hammond has a strong hand if he holds his nerve and refuses to back any deal that makes Britain poorer. At present, the chancellor is probably unsackable.

May should use summit to make EU citizens feel welcome — Theresa May has a perfect opportunity next week to undo some of the damage caused by the anti-foreigner rhetoric of the Conservative Party conference. At her first European summit on Oct. 20, she should guarantee the rights of the 3.2 million people settled in UK.

Daily Mail is the one that’s unpatriotic and undemocratic — The Daily Mail accused those fighting for parliamentary sovereignty of being unpatriotic and undemocratic in a rabid full-page editorial yesterday. The article's headline read: "Whingeing. Contemptuous. Unpatriotic. Damn the Bremoaners and their plot to subvert the will of the British people." It is actually the tabloid which is being unpatriotic and undemocratic.

May won’t use strongest legal argument in Article 50 case — The government probably won't be using its strongest counter-argument in the legal battle over whether it has the authority to trigger Article 50 that starts in the high court today. This is because the argument is legally smart but politically toxic. Theresa May's main argument is that she can use the royal prerogative to invoke Article 50.

PM mustn’t press button without a plan and a vote — Theresa May has made half a U-turn, conceding a Commons debate before she triggers Article 50. MPs, who had expressed outrage that the prime minister was trying to undermine parliamentary sovereignty , must now press their advantage. This means forcing the government to spell out its Brexit plan and agree to a vote on it.

Hard Brexit rhetoric strengthens continental unity — PARIS - The louder the Brexit rhetoric grows at home, the more united European partners become in resisting political or economic concessions to Britain. That was the main lesson of last week's Conservative Party conference and the reaction to it across continental Europe.

MPs must fight for parliamentary sovereignty — Theresa May wants to neuter parliament, saying it's her right alone to interpret the people's will. Democrats throughout the ages have fought against the executive trying to turn parliament into a rubber stamp. Today's freedom lovers - however they voted in the referendum - must stop this latest attempt to curb parliament.
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