Labour party Archive

  • Three questions about free movement

    Labour shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna has called for changes to EU law to reduce the freedom of workers to move countries in search of work: On low-skill immigration we believe there was too much of it from the EU. There is one important thing […]

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  • The Speech

    So we have finally heard The Speech. David Cameron spoke this morning to outline what Conservative party policy on Europe would be after the next election. (Read the speech here.) David Cameron wants to renegotiate the terms of British membership of the EU and put […]

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  • Prospects for a referendum on Europe

    Report on discussion at the Federal Union committee The prime minister will give his long-awaited speech on his new Europe policy this coming Friday. In it, he will announce a plan for a referendum on Europe. All that remains unclear are the question, the timing, […]

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  • We are all sceptics now

    An interesting debate unfolds about how Labour should square its support for the European Union with its criticism of many of the most important EU policies.  Its recent support for the Tory eurosceptic amendment on the budget, calling for a cut rather than David Cameron’s […]

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  • Party views of a referendum on Europe

    The prospect of a referendum on British membership of the EU continues to hang over British politics.  (Federal Union has warned of the reasons why such a referendum might not be as neat and democratic as it sounds here, but there remain plenty of people […]

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  • What patterns of share ownership tell us

    An interesting statistic reported by Professor Prem Sikka in the Guardian today, regarding the ownership of British companies.  The proportion of the shares in UK-listed companies owned by foreign investors has increased from 6.6 per cent in 1969 to 41.5 per cent in 2008. The […]

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  • The Thin Red Line

    I have written an article for the European Movement magazine reflecting on Labour’s new European policy (read What is Labour thinking? on page 6 here). Shadow foreign secretary Douglas Alexander is seeking to reduce the gap between Conservative and Labour policies on Europe by acknowledging […]

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  • Good politics, now all Labour needs is a policy

    By Sir Julian Priestley Labour’s decision to put a three-line whip on the vote on an in/out referendum was a good decision. It moved the focus to the resurgence of Tory divisions on Europe. It seemed like statesmanship to be offering to dig the prime […]

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  • Will Ed Miliband revive pro-European politics?

    Following new Labour leader Ed Miliband’s speech yesterday at the Labour party conference, I was delighted when he declared that one of his political heroes was William Beveridge.  Wow, me too!  Beveridge was one of the leading supporters of Federal Union in its early days, […]

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  • Britain, Europe and the general election

    By Richard Laming Today’s conference has been looking at the Europe policies of the different political parties. I will speak about the Liberal Democrats’ policies in a moment but I want to preface my remarks with a comment about why we are interested in the […]

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