The Tribes of Brexit Part 2 – The Bruised Pride Chancellors

Last month, John Walker began his series looking at some of the origins of Brexit by examining those who traced their Brexit roots back to their animosity towards Europeans. In this next instalment, he considers the smallest, but maybe one of the most overlooked groups, Tory Chancellors of the Exchequer who were closely engaged withContinue reading “The Tribes of Brexit Part 2 – The Bruised Pride Chancellors”

The Conservatives’ Friends on the Council of Europe Stoop Even Lower

We have written before in this blog about the dubious company kept by the Conservatives on the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), one whose main tasks is to propagate human rights across Europe. It is also the body where Henley MP, John Howell, serves as Treasurer of the Conservatives’ grouping, the EuropeanContinue reading “The Conservatives’ Friends on the Council of Europe Stoop Even Lower”

“Take Back Control?” – For our Critical National Infrastructure, we just lost it

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”

Settled Status: MPs Give Their Views. Or Do They?

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?”

Did Your MP Understand the Withdrawal Agreement Bill? Why Not ASK Them?

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?”


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”

Help Your EU Neighbours (and annoy Priti Patel)

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)”

Johnson’s Promises Provide Cold Comfort

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”