Saturday, 18 August 2018 05:33

Our Man in Europe


This week showed that those advocating for Brexit have not looked to the past for inspiration, but instead suffer from delusions of resurrecting an idealised version of it. The dreams of a worldwide trading network built upon the Commonwealth (synonymous with “Empire” for many, let’s be honest) is one that holds sway with those who see the world through the grainy black-and-white images of an imagined 1940s British Pathé news report. For them, The Empire Strikes Back is a promise, not part of the Lucas filmography.


But let us briefly put to one side the dubious morality of trying to live off the benefits we could derive from having once conquered and subjugated large parts of the world, and look to what could be achieved practically. I want to know how, in the modern age, any such arrangement could work. It is in no way clear what such an arrangement would look like. Will the nations of the Commonwealth open their borders to us? What would such arrangements look like? Will they involve the harmonisation of regulation?

I ask these out of genuine curiosity. For example, if we were to try to create some sort of regulatory framework across the Commonwealth countries to reduce barriers to trade, it is worth remembering that many have far lower worker protections and environmental standards than we currently enjoy. Does that mean we would be reducing our standards? Since we will be desperate for a deal it would suggest they get to set the agenda. Australia has already said as much regarding hormone-reared beef.

Equally, will freedom of movement throughout the Commonwealth, or at the very least preferential status for visas, be discussed? If so, how does this fit with the “close the borders, raise the drawbridge” mentality of the Leave campaign?

I fear I know the answers to some of these questions, but the reality is they have either not thought it through or have simply disappeared into a land of make believe. You can read more of my thoughts here:

Yours aye,


The British Medical Association has warned against the dangers of a no deal Brexit and called for a second vote:
“The BMA believes the public should have a final informed say on the Brexit deal and, to reject the notion of a ‘no deal’ given all the serious risks that such an outcome carries.”

The People’s Vote campaign have published work investigating how much Brexit will cost areas of the country. You can read about Fife here:

and how a hard Brexit will cost the average person in Aberdeen £1,776 a year

The European Parliament Brexit Steering Group has condemned the UK Government’s proposal to register EU citizens alphabetically.
“We need a simple, efficient and fair process, not one a budget airline would be proud of.”

A major new study has shown that more than 100 seats which backed Leave now want to remain in the EU.

Peter Kellner has also put together a useful article summarising where we are in terms of public opinion.

The number of citizens from the rest of the EU who are employed in the UK has fallen by the largest annual amount since records began. This is going to be devastating for Scotland’s economy.

According to Buzzfeed, the UK Government is preparing for no-deal, and the effects this will have on more than 80 seperate sectors, including consumer protection, food labelling, and workplace rights.

The UK Treasury has been moving cash into Euros ahead of Brexit.

Finally, Natalie Nougayrède has written a sobering piece warning us about how Eurosceptics will shamelessly try to spin anything to their agenda.

Read 220 times

Easy Funding


Did you know that whenever you buy anything online –  you could be raising a free donation for Helensburgh SNP?
There are nearly 3,000 retailers including Amazon, John Lewis, Aviva, who will donate a percentage of the amount you spend to Helensburgh SNP. It’s really simple, and doesn’t cost you anything. All you have to do to join is: Click Here

Join the SNP


Monthly Archive

Donate by Paypal

     If you would like to support Helensburgh SNP please donate by clicking on the button below


Helensburgh Branch Newsletters

branch newsletters

Brendan O'Hara MP Newsletter

brendan newsletter

Helensburgh Foodbank

FoodbankCartons of Long Life Milk, Packets of 1kg Rice, Packets of 500g Pasta, Jars of Pasta Sauce, Tins of Baked Beans, Tins of Vegetables, Tins of Fruit, Boxes of 80 and 160 Teabags, Boxes of Cuppa Soup, Boxes of Breakfast Cereal Bars