As the clock struck 11pm last Friday night, I was on stage in Parliament Square in front of a sea of tens of thousands elated Brexit supporters. Looking at hundreds of large Union Jacks fluttering brightly against the night sky, I felt a rush of optimism and confidence about what lies ahead.
Here is the latest in our series reflecting on the Brexit process with regular BrexitCentral authors and others who have played an important role in our journey out of the European Union.
Optimism abounds as people return to work. Millions of people have new-found enthusiasm, energy and hope, akin to a delicious cake baked with the trusty ingredients of political stability and economic potential.
Earlier this year, the Brexit Party came from nowhere to win a national election. Our victory in the European elections last May stunned the establishment and terrified the Tory party.
WHAT’s the point of inheritance tax? I only ask, because it is the most hated of all taxes, consumes so much time and energy, and generates relatively little for the Treasury that there must be a really, really good reason to keep it.
After the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election, one thing is very clear: the two-party political system has failed this country. Friday’s results showed just how much electoral trouble both the Conservatives and Labour are now in.
EUROSTAR carriages were rammed with politicians en route to Brussels, as the EU rolled out the red carpet for newly elected MEPs last week.
Voters have a clear choice on Thursday in the European elections. There is a fresh, bright option on the ballot paper to consider. So will you vote for more of the same, two-party political set up, with the same people, the same broken promises, the same tired structures, the same party games and the same waste of our taxpayers cash?
Trust in our politicians is at rock-bottom. The latest polling data shows the public increasingly want Brexit MPs to hold their nerve and bang the drum for leaving on WTO terms.
MPs rightly rejected the worst deal in history last night. This deal would have broken up our precious Union with Northern Ireland and flown in the face of the Good Friday Agreement by enslaving the country in a never-ending backstop.
The twenty-third of June 2016 was a historic victory of the people against the establishment; of belief against self doubt; of hope against fear.
We are about to witness some of the most important political decisions certainly of our lifetimes and most probably since the fateful year of 1940.
More than ever, our MPs must be brave and hold out for what is right. This is no time for Brexiteers to go soft.
I have recommended many times over the last 15 months that the Prime Minister should shake up her negotiating team and bring in competent, Brexit-believing supporters, including from the business world.
Having correctly ruled out a second referendum and a General Election, and with no chance of passing her own deal through Parliament, the Prime Minister is left with only one option for which she and the Government should now robustly prepare: a World Trade deal, from March 29, 2019.
The threat issued today by the Remain campaign to launch a judicial review over whether Britain automatically leaves the EEA when it leaves the EU is another attack on the democratic will of the British people.
It’s incredible. Less than two years ago the Prime Minister adopted the Leave Means Leave slogan “No deal is better than a bad deal” in her superb Lancaster House speech.
Making predictions in politics is a fraught business. Events can move so fast. Anything can happen at the moment. As I write, the government is in chaos of its own making. There could be a leadership challenge on the PM at any moment.
Theresa May had always repeated what I have known to be true in business: “no deal is better than a bad deal”. But now, even in the face of multiple Cabinet resignations and growing anger among her Parliamentary colleagues at her proposed deal, her actions suggest she believes that any deal is better than a no deal.
When we set up Leave Means Leave after the referendum, we thought it might be needed for six months. We hoped that we could trust the Government to do the job they had been instructed to do by the British people. People knew what they were voting for.
Three months ago, I wrote about the need to prepare for a very socialist Labour government. Since then, both the Labour party and the Tories have inflicted all sorts of harm on themselves thanks to their respective associations with antisemitism and Windrush.
The challenges to Brexit yesterday in the unelected House of Lords were a direct attack on British democracy. By acting in such a manner, the Lords are accelerating the case for their own demise; more and more people would now view this as good news.
This week marks one year to go until the UK legally leaves the European Union and gets at least one hand on the keys to unlock the bloc’s protectionist prison door.
Some 14 months ago, Theresa May gave the speech of her life at Lancaster House, when she set out a positive vision for a deep and special relationship with the European Union after we leave in March 2019.
Property has always had a love-hate relationship with the Labour Party. At times the industry, both residential and commercial, as well as construction and infrastructure, does very well. Remember that at other times, though, Labour causes pain, disruption and chaos.
Whilst Conservative MPs try to present last week’s agreement with the EU as a success, the country knows the truth. This has been a catalogue of unforced errors of our negotiators own making.
23rd June 2016 marked a potential turning point in the future of the UK’s immigration policy. For decades, consecutive governments were unable to control our borders and reduce overall levels of net migration.
After my last two articles this year avoided the subject, I make no apology for returning to Brexit.
The party of business could reasonably be expected to know how to negotiate, or know which expert friends to bring in to help. Clearly not, based on progress to date on Brexit.
The Prime Minister’s carefully crafted speech in Florence rightly oozed warmth and partnership as one would expect. Ministers and Tory MPs were supportive for obvious party reasons. Business lobby groups…
When Napoleon Bonaparte brought France under his control a little over two hundred years ago, he came up with a simple plan for dealing with the pesky British, who were holding out against domination by a foreign power.
A year ago, the nation voted to regain its sovereign independence, to get its mojo back, to have a global vision. Brave people around the country chose to ignore the absurd, cataclysmic warnings from the Davos elite.
The failure of the Conservative Party to secure a majority at the general election was seized upon by anti-democratic politicians and the pro-Remain media to peddle a narrative that Brexit was finished and Britain would somehow remain subject to EU rule.