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    Why Britain must play hardball in Brexit talks

    Dire warnings are coming out of Brussels as the UK triggers Article 50. But the tough talking from the EU masks a deep underlying weakness. Britain should be as tough as old boots in the Brexit talks. That way, reason will prevail soon enough

    by the commentator - 29 March 2017
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    Comic opera as Brussels comes to Rome

    The EU farce in Rome was widely trumpeted. Italy has contributed more than its fair share to European culture, but no one reminded us that Michelangelo and Puccini did their bit without the help of an unelected supranational body in Belgium. Meanwhile, the euro continues to strangle the Italian economy and Britain heads out the door

    by Tim Hedges - 28 March 2017
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    The EU still wants a superstate

    The Rome Declaration has just been signed and it confirms everything Eurosceptics said about the real intentions of Brussels. It is all about a superstate, after all. The EU has learned nothing and we're so much better off out

    by John Redwood MP - 27 March 2017
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    Lessons from Israel after London terror attack

    Israel doesn't have a magic formula for eradicating terrorism of the kind that hit London. But it does have the best strategies for minimising the risks. Israel is our greatest friend and ally in this struggle, and, for our own sakes, we should embrace her more fully

    by the commentator - 24 March 2017
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    A Televangelist for free speech and honesty in Egypt

    A freedom fighter in Egypt is being persecuted for drawing attention to corruption and authoritarianism as well as official acquiescence in the oppression of Christian Copts. But his voice will not be stifled

    by Dexter Van Zile - 22 March 2017
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    Europe's populist challenge is far from over

    Some argue that because Geert Wilders did not win the Dutch elections a big blow has been struck against populism. This is dangerously optimistic. Wilders was never going to take power, and the mainstream is now aping the populist agenda

    by Michael Curtis - 21 March 2017
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    Sturgeon's self-defeating referendum opportunism

    The UK single market is far more important to the Scottish economy than the EU single market. Nicola Sturgeon's (unworkable) plan to leave the former for the latter shows her up as an opportunist who will put personal and ideological ambitions above Scotland's interests

    by Joseph Hackett - 20 March 2017
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    The EU's diesel fiasco

    Wherever you stand on climate change, the utterly cynical policy in Brussels to promote diesel caused a pollution nightmare. Now they're preparing to prosecute at least 5 governments for having polluted cities! And the European taxpayer is left with the bill for this fiasco. Thank goodness we voted for Brexit

    by Tim Hedges - 17 March 2017
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    Scotland more independent in UK than it would be in EU

    How often would an "independent" Scotland win a fight in Brussels? That is not a rhetorical question. The answer is clear: Never. If Scotland did leave the UK and join the EU it would have far less independence than it does now, and the SNP should be honest about saying so

    by the commentator - 15 March 2017
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    Of Turkey and Geert Wilders

    The Dutch government's decision to pick a diplomatic fight with Turkey has ramifications for Turkey's relationship with Europe as a whole. Meanwhile, Geert Wilders could yet emerge as leader of the biggest Dutch party as the migration question refuses to go away

    by John Redwood MP - 14 March 2017
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    Trump's policy and Israel's

    With Hamas on the warpath, and Iran wanting a base in Syria, eager to fight Israel on the Golan Heights, and preparing to gain a stronger foothold in Middle Eastern affairs, an entente cordial between President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu is essential

    by Michael Curtis - 10 March 2017
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    Brexit is our future, the Lords is not

    Lord Heseltine is the face of Britain's past. Brexit is the face of Britain's future. Has beens in a remote and unelected House of Lords must not be allowed to thwart the will of the British people

    by Matthew Ellery -  8 March 2017
  • Budget

    Let's have a budget for prosperity not austerity

    Since Project Fear Brexit projections were all wrong, this year's budget needs to take account of that. We need a budget that promotes enterprise and taxes us less

    by John Redwood MP -  7 March 2017
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    Enigma variations on Putin's Russia

    We must remember what Churchill said about the key to understanding Russia, drop petty analysis built on sour grapes after the US election, and forge a new deal mindful of Reagan's advice that we should trust but verify

    by Michael Curtis -  5 March 2017
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    The fishing opportunity for Brexit Britain

    Brexit is an exciting opportunity for us to reclaim our sovereignty and restore our fishing industry, taking our place alongside Norway, Iceland, and the Faroes as a regional fishing powerhouse. It's another great reason to be filled with opitimism about our post-EU future

    by Joseph Hackett -  2 March 2017