• ?Brexit & International Students

    European countries are competing for talented young people. The UK has a natural advantage in that students have no language barrier here, but that’s not enough to overcome the negative impacts of Brexit. Ireland and the Netherlands, among others, are more than viable options for students who would otherwise have considered going to the UK.

    The…[Read more]

  • ?Remain and Leave Campaigns

    The Remain campaign is the one I’ve been more familiar with, especially for the period from late 2016 onwards. It’s not a secret that there has been much internal squabbling within the Remain camp, and that Remainers were ideologically disorientated for months after the referendum, but it seems that the Remain camp is now performing better than…[Read more]

  • ?People’s Vote

    Yes, absolutely. There are two types of arguments for a people’s vote on the Brexit deal, and both are persuasive when taken together. What you hear most often is that the pro-Brexit campaign in the 2016 referendum was mendacious, and that moreover there were breaches of campaign spending rules. This is true, but perhaps not a basis for a…[Read more]

  • ?What is Wrong with the EU

    If it’s about “big government” being annoying, I think that the remedy would be to instill free-market ideas at the EU level. If you are ideologically opposed to big government, and you win elections at the EU level, you can spread your worldview to 500 million people instead of just 65 million. Besides, there is a very real possibility that the…[Read more]

  • ?What is Wrong with the EU

    It’s about how open the EU is to the rest of the world. The EU as a whole can decide to open up trade links with Guinea, or it can decide to close them. It’s better for the Guineans as well if they can trade with not only France, but also with Germany and Italy on the same go.

    The UK decides for itself how easy it is for Australians to move to…[Read more]

  • ?What is Wrong with the EU

    True, the EU gives foreign aid, but the UK has a foreign aid budget of its own, too. And actually, if you want more aid for less money, you should do that through the EU because coordinated spending between 28 of the world’s most prosperous countries is more efficient than a spaghetti soup of 28 different aid systems!

  • ?Reasons for your Brexit Vote

    Here you’ve got the whole misconception that decision-makers at the EU level are unelected. You know, the leader of the Commission is as elected as the British Prime Minister – lead candidate of the biggest party (thank you, Spitzenkandidaten!). The European Parliament is directly elected and more representative of the electorate than the House of…[Read more]

  • ?Brexit and the Irish Border

    The situation is certainly worrisome. It is, quite rightly, incumbent on the UK Government to come up with a solution on the border issue, since all of this was caused by the UK government in the first place. However, it’s hard to see Westminster finding a solution that pleases everyone in Northern Ireland. A borderless Ireland, I believe, is the…[Read more]

  • ?Brexit Second Thoughts

    It’s hard to tell what would change my mind on Brexit. Since the idea of one reluctant Member State blocking constructive reform in the EU is somewhat anathema to me, the idea that Britain would block such reform as an EU Member State might shift me towards wanting to see the UK go. On the other hand, it’s hard to demonstrate that the UK’s…[Read more]

  • ?What is Wrong with the EU

    The EU is not democratic enough. My solution for this would be to have a European Commission that is as “elected” as national governments normally are: a coalition that holds a majority in the European Parliament governs, and all Commissioners are elected MEPs.

    Interestingly, I agree with many hardcore Brexiteers about the fact that democratic…[Read more]

  • ?Reasons for your Brexit Vote

    I wasn’t able to vote. Had I been able to, I would have voted to Remain because I simply believe in the European project. Solving problems at the appropriate level of decision-making is what everyone wants – I think that for many issues, the right level is the European one.

  • ?Brexit and You

    This comment could become a full-length essay, but I’ll just keep it brief. Brexit is not the solution to Britain’s problems. The UK suffers from democratic deficit (look at how many votes are wasted because of FPTP, including millions of UKIP votes in 2015) and social inequality. The Brexit vote in the 2016 referendum, I believe, was fuelled by…[Read more]

  • ?Democratic Deficit in the EU

    I think we need a nuanced approach here. There is a democratic deficit in the EU, but I disagree with the notion that “less Europe” is the remedy. Instead, we can fix the democratic deficit by strengthening the EU.

    For example, the Spitzenkandidaten system didn’t work because national-level parties didn’t properly promote the top candidates. in…[Read more]

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