Staying in the EU

My job for the last 3 years has been EU researcher at a London think tank. My work was mainly on the problems of the EU and the different options for leaving the EU – in short, what might be called Eurosceptic. They can all be accessed here for free.

Over the course of my time there I have become convinced that it is best for Britain to remain within the EU, although it certainly has its problems. I have now left Civitas.

Here are some of my reasons for supporting Remain.

Here is how I think the government could promote Leave-Remain reconciliation, and try to fix the EU’s problems, after a Remain win:

You could also argue this (by a colleague), which is mildly true but barely relevant:

David Cameron’s renegotiation efforts have changed the EU for the better

Here is how the EU would have to develop for me to consider pushing for another referendum and wanting to vote to leave.

I have a few more articles planned, but await people to pay me to write them.

I am happy to discuss my views further.

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Reaping the innocent – government’s terror DRIP law

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On Wednesday, the House of Lords will debate ‘DRIP’. They will pass it.

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Icelandic Hero: Why I’m so happy Abu Qatada is still here

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One Spiderman Per County – Police & Crime Commissioner Elections!

Hi team!

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It may surprise many of you that we are having an election on Thursday. Yes, THIS THURSDAY. That is in FIVE DAYS from publishing. Continue reading