Constitutional, Legal and EU issues

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Joining the World: Britain Outside the EU

Joining the World: Britain Outside the EU
Brexit puts in Britain’s grasp a truly global future, says Nigel Lawson in Politeia’s next publication
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Publication: Tuesday 3rd May. 
Nigel Lawson, Chancellor of the Exchequer from 1983-89 and architect of Britain’s economic rebirth, explains why Brexit would be good for Britain. In Politeia’s Joining the World. Britain outside the EULord Lawson explains that:
The EU's object has been political Union from the start. Monetary Union was a means to an end, and a 'reckless gamble'. It cannot work without fiscal and political union. The EU, is NOT Europe ‘with its great history, incomparable culture, and diverse peoples’. Rather the EU has always had political integration as its end. Economic integration was seen as the means to that end, the ‘creation of a federal European super-state, a United States of Europe.’ But, Lawson comments, this objective is ‘profoundly misguided’: the conditions which made the USA a success do not exist in the case of Europe. 
It makes no sense, Lord Lawson urges, ‘to be part of a political project whose objective we emphatically do not share’, and he dismisses David Cameron’s opt-out from the political union as ‘completely meaningless’.
‘Most of the world is not in the EU and ... most of these countries are doing better economically than most of the European Union’. The alternative to membership of the EU is simple, he says: it is ‘not being in the European Union’.

Recent Publications - Highlights


Pensions and Savings Publications

Paying for the Future:

              Working Systems for Pensions and Healthcare
                    Dr Ludger Schuknecht
         Matthias Dauns
          Dr Werner Ebert

Introduce Competition and Contribution for Successful Healthcare and Pensions! Changes Needed if UK is to Meet Rising Demand.

Western societies are ageing. As people live longer, the ratio of workers to pensioners continues to shrink. At the same time the costs for healthcare and pensions are rising.

Can governments meet growing need and balance the books while encouraging economic growth?

 The UK Government Spending Ratio:
                                            Back to the 1930s?
                  David B Smith​
As the debate over reductions to Government spending ratios looks set to dominate the electoral campaign, Politeia’s analysis by the economist, David B. Smith, considers what the figures for public spending really are.

Publication Launch: Magistrates Work!


Magistrates Work! Restoring Local Justice

Simon Reevell MP
Stanley Brodie QC 
Professor John Howson
Publication: 20th October 2014


The political parties are now in general election mode for the 2015 election. The country has been warned that more cuts are on the way to tackle the levels of deficit which remain. The question for many will be how can the principles on which justice rests be maintained despite economic stringency?

In Politeia's new publication, Magistrates Work!the authors* take stock of the consequences of the closure of magistrates courts before and since 2010, including the damage to access to justice, transparency and rising costs.

Recent Publication - Zero Plus

Zero Plus: The Principles of EU Renegotiation

Martin Howe QC

Publication: 30th September 2014








Launched at a special meeting in Birmingham with Martin Howe QC, Jacob Rees-Mogg MP and Dominic Grieve MP on 30th September 2014.

The Prime Minister has called for a renegotiation of Britain's relationship with Europe, and all the main parties are committed to EU reform.

This week, Politeia published Zero Plus: The Principles of EU Renegotiation by leading EU lawyer and government legal adviser, Martin Howe QC. As author of Politeia's Safeguarding Sovereignty, Mr Howe inspired the European Union Act 2011. Howe's latest proposals have the potential to redefine the terms of Britain's EU debate.

Here Is The City's coverage of the pamphlet gives an extensive review of Howe's thesis.

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