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Critical National Infrastructure is, by definition, critical. As such, there are groups tasked with protecting and defending the infrastructure against external attacks and mitigating against any failures or flaws. John Walker has been one of those people for most of his working life. In this important article he lifts the lid on how decisions takenContinue reading ““Take Back Control?” – For our Critical National Infrastructure, we just lost it”
Following our post on the impending deadline for settled status, one reader took up the challenge and wrote to her MP, Greg Smith (Conservative, Buckingham). She then kindly shared her reply with us here in Oxford Region. That reply rang immediate bells with the response that our own Roy Motteram had received from his localContinue reading “Settled Status: MPs Give Their Views. Or Do They?”
As if mimicking an episode of Yes Minister, recent days have seen the UK and EU bickering over the future of chilled sausages being sent from the mainland to Northern Ireland. Obviously, this has presented a few problems for some Conservative MPs. Where once they were heartily backing (and voting for) the PM’s Withdrawal AgreementContinue reading “Did Your MP Understand the Withdrawal Agreement Bill? Why Not ASK Them?”
At the end of June, the government deadline for EU nationals to apply for settled status in the UK expires. For many in one of Oxford’s biggest overseas communities, the East Timorese, this could leave them in a dangerous limbo, at risk from deportation. Eve Webster, from Somerville College, who has written about the subjectContinue reading “The Next Windrush?”
After a year of severe disruption to children’s education, the government slamming the door on eTwinning is just a further blow to broadening their horizons. At the beginning of February, the government announced its plans for the Turing Scheme, the replacement to Erasmus+. At first sight, it certainly appears to be pretty thin gruel. ButContinue reading “Link…Listen…Learn”
The European Movement Oxford branch is working with the EU Embassy in London (or should that be the EU delegation in London, the UK climbdown on this issue can only be days away) to help promote the rights of EU citizens that have chosen to continue living in the UK after Brexit. The UK/EU withdrawalContinue reading “Help Your EU Neighbours (and annoy Priti Patel)”
Purchasing from the United Kingdom used to be simple – but no more. EM Oxford’s Justin Meadows explains how Brexit left him – and Northern Ireland – out in the cold. As somebody who has been unconvinced of the benefits of the UK leaving the EU I thought I had taken all appropriate precautions. FoodContinue reading “Johnson’s Promises Provide Cold Comfort”
When the government’s plans to cease the UK’s involvement with Erasmus+ attracted immediate criticism, a number of Conservative MPs began attacking the current scheme and claiming that its replacement (Turing) would be far better. One of these was David Johnston, the Wantage MP, who claimed in his Spectator article that Erasmus+ was only beneficial forContinue reading “MY ERASMUS…”
At the end of last year, David Johnston, who replaced Ed Vaizey as Wantage MP in 2019, wrote a piece for The Spectator, outlining what he believed were the shortcomings of the Erasmus scheme – and why the government’s proposed replacement (Turing) would be so much better. In this article, Dr Alice Prochaska* counters hisContinue reading “Erasmus – Why Change A Winning Formula?”
In his New Year message, Oxford Region Branch chair, Graham Jones, says “the hard work starts now” and outlines simple actions we can all take to keep us close to Europe. A very happy New Year to you: peace, joy, and, of course, a respite from what a colleague calls the pestilence. You may alsoContinue reading ““I STAY EUROPEAN””
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