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The Rt Hon John Redwood MP is the Member of UK Parliament for Wokingham and the Chairman of the Conservative Economic Affairs Committee. His articles are cross-posted on his blog by agreement.

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    Conservative Conference: The EU, and UK sovereignty

    A fringe event at the Conservative Party conference debated the crucial issue of sovereignty. The fact is that, without radical renegotation, if we stay in the present EU too long there won't be any real British sovereignty to talk about

    by John Redwood MP -  6 October 2015
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    Europe and the Conservative conference

    Parochial and silly talk of "splits" aside, the good thing about the Conservative conference is it offers the government an opportunity to remind other members of the EU that behind ministers lies a party and a country that is far from happy with our current relationship with Brussels

    by John Redwood MP -  4 October 2015
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    Living wage, minimum wage. Politics vs Economics

    The first effects of a minimum wage set above market levels is to destroy jobs. But the second effect, raising disposable income, can actually create jobs. There's a very fine line when politics and economics go to war

    by John Redwood MP - 21 September 2015
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    Corbyn defeats modern Labour. Next up, modern Britain

    Having defeated the modern Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn will now go after modern Britain as a whole, with poverty-inducing voodoo economics and social populism mainly aimed at smashing middle England

    by John Redwood MP - 13 September 2015
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    A fair referendum on Britain's EU membership?

    The crucial fight for a fair referendum on britain's membership of the European Union has resumed in earnest. It is vital that people interested in fairness understand what is happening

    by John Redwood MP -  9 September 2015
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    Lower tax rates do bring in more revenue

    The evidence in Britain again shows that reducing top income tax rates increases tax revenue. This fact of economic life needs to be more widely recognised

    by John Redwood MP -  1 September 2015
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    Greece’s painful and irresponsible bail out

    Greece has now got a worse deal than it originally opposed. Let's be clear. It's their fault for wanting to be in a failed single currency. But it's also Germany and Brussel's fault for living in fantasy land. It's all a very European mess, and it's not going away

    by John Redwood MP - 16 August 2015
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    World Health Service or National Health Service?

    The NHS is being ripped off -- which means that British taxpayers are being ripped off -- by non-UK residents getting free care and claiming British money when they go home. This is part of a bigger set of questions, and we must move decisively to answer them

    by John Redwood MP - 11 August 2015
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    EU blues: The case for a self-governing UK

    Though polls show that most Britons, at this stage, want to remain inside the EU, they also show that there is increasing realisation and unhappiness about how much power we have already ceded to Brussels. There is much to play for ahead of the referendum

    by John Redwood MP -  7 August 2015
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    “A German Europe” -- Joschka Fischer speaks out

    When even Germany's former foreign minister, the highly influential Joschka Fischer, starts warning of "European protectorates", you know that the EU has entered a frightening and dangerous new phase, which Britain must not be part of

    by John Redwood MP -  5 August 2015
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    Regional identity is another fine mess in the EU

    The EU sought to use regional identities such as in Catalonia and Scotland to weaken unitary member states in a divide and rule policy to strengthen the superstate. But, as ever, it is playing sorceror's apprentice with forces it doesn't understand and can't control

    by John Redwood MP - 29 July 2015
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    Obama gets Europe wrong again. Why doesn't he allow free immigration from Mexico and Cuba then?

    Barack Obama's lectures to Britain on the EU beggar belief. Ok, Barack. How about you have unlimited immigration from Mexico and Cuba, and while you're at it let them make your laws, while you ditch the American Constitution. Fair's fair after all

    by John Redwood MP - 24 July 2015
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    A wild ride to political union if we stay in the present EU

    Predictably, the BBC is smothering a vital EU policy document pushing for a United States of Europe. Our democracy is again under assault from Brussels, and the government needs to break the silence and explain how we are going to resist

    by John Redwood MP - 20 July 2015
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    EU bankrupts Greek parliamentary democracy

    The EU has turned Greece into little more than a protectorate. From Brussels to Athens and back again, the economic plans for growth are chaotic at best, fantasy at worst. To cap it all, the EU has effectively bankrupted Greek parliamentary democracy. Whatever next?

    by John Redwood MP - 15 July 2015
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    Of Euro Merkel and German Merkel

    Angela Merkel is locked in a kind of political-psychological conflict. There's Euro Merkel, with all the false idealism that entails, and there's German Merkel who has had enough of funding a failed on-size fits all project regarding Greece. What's really missing here is sanity and common sense

    by John Redwood MP - 11 July 2015


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