The progressive response to Brexit?

When the result of the European referendum result was announced, I was deeply saddened. I believe the vote to leave is the wrong decision for our city and our country.

I can assure you that in any vote in Parliament, I will be voting for Britain to stay in the EU. I will vote against any attempt to take Britain out of the single market and any deal which would damage Cambridge and its dynamic economy.

However, half of the country voted to leave and we need to understand why they did so and, crucially, formulate a progressive response.

This is why I am holding this consultation looking at the economy, immigration, the environment, research, security and the future of the EU.

In Britain we are seeing a rise in hate crime, economic uncertainty and political turmoil. Across Europe we see cause for serious concern too, with political movements in France, Hungary and the Netherlands who are anti human rights, liberal democracy and internationalism.

It is vital for progressive people in Britain and across Europe to come together with new ideas for the post-Brexit landscape.

We saw the untruths the Leave campaigners used during the campaign. I for one do not think Tory Brexiteers should be given a free run at setting the agenda for any Brexit negotiations.

Please answer as many or as few questions as you like. I will also be holding policy discussion forums later in the year on this topic. Thank you for your time.

What should be the objectives, values and principles that drive Britain’s post-Brexit vote economic policy?

A vote to leave the EU has delivered an immediate shock to our economy. It also jeopardises our access to the European single market, the rights of finance companies to retain their right to trade in Europe, our membership of the European Investment Bank and all EU employment rights.

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answered 2017-02-09 11:04:10 +0000
Q: What should be the objectives, values and principles that drive Britain’s post-Brexit research, universities and science policy?
A: Agree 100% with the text above. Also, as with other jobs such as I imagine the banking there is a strong european immigration component due to the inherent international nature of science.
answered 2017-02-09 10:22:27 +0000
Q: What should be the objectives, values and principles that drive Britain’s post-Brexit immigration policy?
A: Being an immigrant myself, I can only vouch for the befits of immigration. I gwt that every society struggles with the influx of different cultures, but to show both the benefits of diversity as well as the non-negotiable rights if refugees is a big part of the job of the government. As for example with the student exchange Erasmus, being a citizen of the world should come with positive association’s for everyone!
answered 2017-02-02 11:51:34 +0000
Q: What should be the objectives, values and principles that drive Britain’s post-Brexit European policy?
A: Campaign to re-join the EU. But also campaign within Europe for the Union to move beyond laissez-faire economics in order to enable governments to establish full employment. To this end, radical thinking should include consideration of a basic wage. Tony Benn’s objections to the EU back in the 70s, outlined in his book, Arguments for Socialism, are founded on just these affronts to equality, enshrined as he saw it in the Treaty of Rome. From beyond the grave he might now be seeing these chickens coming home to roost. The EU must give people the economic security they crave, and a credible future for their children; if it cannot people will choose alternatives, which could be far worse for themselves.
answered 2017-02-02 11:45:30 +0000
Q: What should be the objectives, values and principles that drive Britain’s post-Brexit environment policy?
A: If Brexit really is the same as Trumpism – as protesters’ placards state – this would be a tragedy for the progressive forces which have slowly modified Government policy towards environmental concerns. There is a strong argument for placing the environment at the very top of the global crisis agenda, but ‘Brexit’ could allow a bonfire of regulations – rules and restraints which will be necessary to ensure an ongoing human habitat. Presumably EU law on the environment should be incorporated into UK law now, and even extended to protect the environment beyond current requirements. In the case of air quality and diesel emissions this is already a pressing, immediate need.
answered 2017-02-02 11:38:52 +0000
Q: What should be the objectives, values and principles that drive Britain’s post-Brexit research, universities and science policy?
A: The best hope for decades in the battle against Motor Neurone Disease is represeb]=nted by a European wide project known as ‘Mirocals’. The chemo-therapy drug inter-leukin 2 is being trialled in MND sufferers now. Doctors involved in this research area, however, are extremely concerned that access to pan-European projects of this kind will prove impossible in the future. I know a little of this story as my brother suffers from MND. I imagine that this same story is replicated in many other areas of medical and scientific research. The Government should be now seeking to ensure that no dilution of the UK’s role in international research and development follows our sadly inevitable exit from the EU.
answered 2017-02-02 11:33:01 +0000
Q: What should be the objectives, values and principles that drive Britain’s post-Brexit immigration policy?
A: The power of employers, of capital, has exploited poverty; money and people have been shunted about the continent and the world in the search for quick profits for the few. Native, settled communities have blamed other workers for the turbulence caused by exploitative employment practices and economic crisis. The left needs to find a response to this – urgently – to prevent ugly voices of intolerance from winning arguments and votes. Nations must work together to find holistic, trans-national solutions rather than building exclusive, nationalistic walls about themselves.
answered 2017-02-02 11:25:03 +0000
Q: What should be the objectives, values and principles that drive Britain’s post-Brexit vote security policy?
A: Strengthening common European Defence arrangements, as well as those of NATO, to counter the threats from Putin, extremism and terrorism.
answered 2017-01-31 21:15:06 +0000
Q: What should be the objectives, values and principles that drive Britain’s post-Brexit European policy?
A: Don’t leave the EU.
answered 2017-01-31 21:14:17 +0000
Q: What should be the objectives, values and principles that drive Britain’s post-Brexit environment policy?
A: Keep the same standards as the EU, especially for food production. DO not lower standards. We’ve got enough issues with obesity and diabetes. Don’t allow USA to flood our markets with USA foods and deregulation.
answered 2017-01-31 21:12:33 +0000
Q: What should be the objectives, values and principles that drive Britain’s post-Brexit research, universities and science policy?
A: Protect the rights of EU scientists to stay in the UK

Studies into why UK students appear to be not as interested in science as other EU countries? Lobby students to go into science.

% EU nationals in science jobs?

Whenever I advertise for science/engineering roles, UK candidates are typically 2nd rate compared to other countries including France and Spain. I have never understood this.
answered 2017-01-31 21:08:30 +0000
Q: What should be the objectives, values and principles that drive Britain’s post-Brexit immigration policy?
A: Is there data to back up people’s feeling about being left behind? Realistic promotion of the % non-UK workers in the UK and how much they contribute to the UK rather than be a burden

Work with the EU to consider how to manage immigration and people movements in general.

Consider ID cards for all UK residents, irrespective of nationality (as long as it doesn’t get used for harrassment).

Positive stories promotion

Lobby social media to support software to highlight aggressive, racist comments. Find different algorithms rather than just feeding people with stories the algorithms think they want to see. Stop creating bubbles of like-minded politics.
answered 2017-01-31 20:58:43 +0000
Q: What should be the objectives, values and principles that drive Britain’s post-Brexit vote security policy?
A: Remain in NATO
Continue with all current arrangements with EU countries.
Allow residency permits to EU nationals with less than 5 years stay in the UK.
Should the UK consider having identity cards/residency permits for all UK and non-UK residents?
answered 2017-01-27 18:05:20 +0000
Q: What should be the objectives, values and principles that drive Britain’s post-Brexit European policy?
A: We should seek to remain open, tolerant and inclusive as a society.
answered 2017-01-27 18:04:31 +0000
Q: What should be the objectives, values and principles that drive Britain’s post-Brexit environment policy?
A: We must push for UK standards to meet or exceed those of the EU.
answered 2017-01-27 18:03:48 +0000
Q: What should be the objectives, values and principles that drive Britain’s post-Brexit research, universities and science policy?
A: We should seek the most open borders for international exchange and co-operation.
answered 2017-01-27 18:02:55 +0000
Q: What should be the objectives, values and principles that drive Britain’s post-Brexit immigration policy?
A: We must ensure that those EU nationals living here are protected. We must ensure that foreign students are welcome to study in our universities. Our borders should be open to those with the skills we need to run an advanced economy.
answered 2017-01-27 18:00:55 +0000
Q: What should be the objectives, values and principles that drive Britain’s post-Brexit vote security policy?
A: Co-operation with the Irish republic to avoid a hard border, European co-operation on policing and anti-terrorism intelligence
answered 2017-01-27 17:58:53 +0000
Q: What should be the objectives, values and principles that drive Britain’s post-Brexit vote economic policy?
A: High-quality jobs, international co-opertation in science and technology
answered 2017-01-23 10:13:11 +0000
Q: What should be the objectives, values and principles that drive Britain’s post-Brexit vote economic policy?
A: I am pleased to see that you support continued membership of Britain in the EU and in the EEC. However, I do not agree with your statement that ‘half the country voted to leave’; this misrepresents the proportion of people who voted and the proportion of people eligible to vote. Also, it is entirely unclear what the people who voted ‘Leave’ voted for. All that voters were asked for was a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ on continued membership of the EU; there was no discussion of the nuances and complexities of the North Irish border, of continued membership of the UK (in the case of Scotland), of membership of the EEC, of the issue of EU citizens, of free movement, and certainly no mention on the ballot paper of immigration by people from non-EU countries. The latter are all political issues and decisions that were NOT debated or taken by ‘half the country’.

We must consider all contingencies but before thinking about post-Brexit I wish to think about pre-Brexit which is where we are at now. Priorities for pre-Brexit:
- fight to reverse decision to leave the EU
- fight for the right of EU-citizens resident in the UK to continue to have permanent right of residence
- free trade
- free movement of peoples
- prioritise the European market not the rest-of-world market (this is also a Green decision; any trade with distant non-European countries increases our carbon footprint)
- openness to immigration
- strategic leadership: a vision of an inclusive Britain; that is: proper leadership from the front and not running after what politicians are second-guessing to be voters’ motivations for voting ‘yes’ or ‘no’

The government has no mandate for what they are currently doing. This is the problem with referenda: they reduce the complex political issues to a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ that leave the government with no mandate at all, in fact. This is why political leaders last June ‘flapped’ and resigned: they had no idea what the vote actually meant.

Best wishes
Nina
answered 2017-01-19 16:20:36 +0000
Q: What should be the objectives, values and principles that drive Britain’s post-Brexit vote economic policy?
A: Although it is rather late in the day, I would welcome the establishment of a working party to study the impact of Brexit. Obviously, this should have been done before the vote but better late than never. At the moment, the government does not have a mandate to remain a full member of the EU but because of the lack of clarity and contradictory positions adopted by Vote Leave, it has no mandate for a particular form of exit. Until and unless a clear mandate emerges, the government should take minimal steps to separate from the EU and particularly should remain in the single market and customs union. This would protect our business base and allow time for business to adjust and protect jobs. If exit has to happen it needs to happen in a slow, step by step manner with notice of each change so that the economic shock can be absorbed .

In the meantime, we need to invest in education and training. No young person between 16 and 25 should be left without work, apprenticeship, volunteership or education . Employment incentives to employers to cover additional costs of employing disabled people should be increased. Vanity projects such as the Garden Bridge, Trident and HS2 should be cancelled to fund this. We also need to invest in the rural infrastructure so that people aren’t cut off from jobs .
answered 2016-12-11 09:54:41 +0000
Q: What should be the objectives, values and principles that drive Britain’s post-Brexit European policy?
A: Fight the right wing lies and cooperate with other left wing groups
answered 2016-12-11 09:53:46 +0000
Q: What should be the objectives, values and principles that drive Britain’s post-Brexit environment policy?
A: Essential we don’t reverse environmental protection policy
answered 2016-12-11 09:53:06 +0000
Q: What should be the objectives, values and principles that drive Britain’s post-Brexit research, universities and science policy?
A: We should maximise money for research and collaboration
answered 2016-12-11 09:52:21 +0000
Q: What should be the objectives, values and principles that drive Britain’s post-Brexit immigration policy?
A: Free movement benefits everyone
answered 2016-12-11 09:51:31 +0000
Q: What should be the objectives, values and principles that drive Britain’s post-Brexit vote economic policy?
A: Human rights and the environment
answered 2016-11-08 13:05:40 +0000
Q: What should be the objectives, values and principles that drive Britain’s post-Brexit European policy?
A: Oppose Brexit – stop laying down to it. It was an advisory referendum not an order.
answered 2016-11-08 13:05:33 +0000
Q: What should be the objectives, values and principles that drive Britain’s post-Brexit environment policy?
A: Oppose Brexit – stop laying down to it. It was an advisory referendum not an order.
answered 2016-11-08 13:05:26 +0000
Q: What should be the objectives, values and principles that drive Britain’s post-Brexit research, universities and science policy?
A: Oppose Brexit – stop laying down to it. It was an advisory referendum not an order.
answered 2016-11-08 13:05:18 +0000
Q: What should be the objectives, values and principles that drive Britain’s post-Brexit immigration policy?
A: Oppose Brexit – stop laying down to it. It was an advisory referendum not an order.
answered 2016-11-08 13:05:09 +0000
Q: What should be the objectives, values and principles that drive Britain’s post-Brexit vote security policy?
A: Oppose Brexit – stop laying down to it. It was an advisory referendum not an order.

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