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Why Britain should not opt back in to the European Arrest Warrant – in David Cameron's own words NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 1 Day, 4 Hours, 37 Minutes ago
On 4 November 2009, David Cameron made a speech in which he explained that, following the Czech ratification of the Lisbon Treaty, the Conservatives could no longer hold a retrospective referendum on it. He went on to promise a major renegotiation of...
The EU has just given us another 1.7 billion reasons to leave NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 5 Days, 5 Hours, 49 Minutes ago
If you’re anything like me, you’ll struggle to visualise £1.7 billion – the sum Eurocrats are demanding in a backdated surcharge because Britain’s economy is doing better than expected. To put it in context, £1.7 b...
Tragic and transient, autumn is the loveliest season NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 1 Week, 1 Day, 7 Hours, 1 Minute ago
We measure out the turn of the year with familiar rituals: All Hallows, Bonfire Night, Remembrance Sunday. Plus, of course, my annual blog about how autumn is the finest season, nowhere finer than on this island. It’s the combination of be...
Life gets better – for most people in most places at most times NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 1 Week, 3 Days, 6 Hours, 7 Minutes ago
How peaceful the Spava seems now, the autumn colours reflected in its stately flow. In May, the river savagely burst its banks, devastating parts of Croatia, Bosnia and Serbia, displacing thousands of people. I'm blogging from Eastern Slavonia, where...
The European Arrest Warrant is a betrayal of our freedoms. Are MPs really going to opt BACK into it? NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 2 Weeks, 3 Hours, 44 Minutes ago
One of the saddest meetings I’ve ever had as an MEP was in Athens, with a 20-year-old from Enfield called Andrew Symeou. Two years earlier, Andrew had been celebrating the end of his A-levels on a Greek island. There was a fracas in a nightclub...
David Cameron isn't remotely Eurosceptic; but he alone can deliver an In/Out referendum NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 14 Hours, 39 Minutes ago
David Cameron is not, on any normal definition, a Eurosceptic. He likes the EU well enough as it is. Sure, he’d ideally prefer to make some tweaks to it; but I have no doubt that, if there were a referendum tomorrow, he’d vote to stay in.
The way to defeat British jihadis is to offer something better NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 17 Hours, 9 Minutes ago
A Polish friend, an MEP of my sort of age, was telling me the other day about how his life changed when Pope John Paul II toured his home country. The papal visit set in train the events that led to the Gdansk protests and, in due course, the unravel...
Of course Parliament should have precedence over the ECHR. Now how about over the EU? NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 1 Hour, 30 Minutes ago
It’s worth reminding ourselves that Britain already has a Bill of Rights. Lord Macaulay, writing in the 1840s, called it “the germ of every good law which has been passed during a hundred and sixty years, and of every good law which may h...
Nick Clegg has undone 50 years of Liberal recovery NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 21 Hours, 39 Minutes ago
You’d forgotten about the Liberal Democrats, hadn’t you? You vaguely assumed that they must already have held their annual get-together somewhere, and that you had missed it. Once a fixed, if minor, part of the political calendar, the Lib...
Does anyone think that Ed Miliband would be the better prime minister? Anyone at all? NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 4 Weeks, 19 Hours, 1 Minute ago
What do you suppose is the biggest item in the budget of a working household? The mortgage? The car? The utility bills? Nope. Far greater than any of these – greater, indeed, than all of them combined – is the tax bill. Because taxation i...
Nine things David Cameron could bring back from Brussels to satisfy Eurosceptics NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 4 Weeks, 1 Day, 7 Hours, 7 Minutes ago
Eurosceptics, say half-clever columnists, are “unappeasable”. Bien pensant opinion holds that any concession made to critics of the Euro-racket serves only to excite further unreasonable demands. It doesn’t matter what HMG brings ba...
Defections bring out the worst in political parties NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 1 Month, 11 Hours, 35 Minutes ago
Shall I tell you the worst thing about the Conservative Party? It’s the same as the worst thing about Labour, UKIP and the LibDems: the tribalism. Evolutionary biologists have all sorts of explanations for it, involving kinship cohesion and out...
Eurosceptics should support Ukrainian sovereignty NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 1 Month, 4 Days, 21 Hours, 38 Minutes ago
Imagine that, back in February, Russia had sent armoured columns into Ukraine. The world’s response would have been angry, resolute and near-unanimous. Few governments, in the face of such a flagrant challenge to the post-war order, would have...
Scotland's referendum and the positive power of nationalism NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 1 Month, 1 Week, 21 Hours, 26 Minutes ago
In the final days of the campaign, it became all about nationhood. Arguments about sterling and the NHS and oil revenues faded into the background as both sides appealed to their supporters’ patriotism. True, there were two competing patriotism...
Devolution to England is coming. But what form will it take? NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 1 Month, 1 Week, 2 Days, 8 Hours, 41 Minutes ago
1. This is a good argument to be having. The reason it’s happening is that most Scots have voted to remain in the United Kingdom. British identity is something that people value. 2. Devo max for Scotland is inescapable, not only because all thr...
Thank God my country is still intact NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 1 Month, 1 Week, 3 Days, 23 Hours, 17 Minutes ago
Thank God. Just thank God. I don’t much care at the moment whether God is Scottish, and is glowering approvingly at Great Britain from over His bands and Geneva gown, or whether He is English and is raising a glass of sherry with an absent-mind...
The greatest cultural victory of the Left has been to disregard the Nazi-Soviet Pact NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 1 Month, 1 Week, 5 Days, 11 Hours, 43 Minutes ago
Seventy-five years ago today, Red Army troops smashed into Poland. Masters of deception and propaganda, they encouraged locals to believe that they were coming to join the battle against Hitler, who had invaded two weeks’ earlier. But, within a...
People vote for optimists – Scottish Labour take note NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 1 Month, 1 Week, 6 Days, 17 Hours, 45 Minutes ago
Almost no one saw it coming. The surge in Scottish separatism over the past three weeks violates an elemental law of referendums: that there is a swing to the status quo during the last phase of the campaign. I’ve watched it happen all over Eur...
The Scottish referendum is bringing devolution to the rest of the UK – and not before time NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 21 Hours, 49 Minutes ago
The best outcome for Scotland is surely full autonomy within the United Kingdom. Holyrood should control transport, education, welfare, health, and the bulk of taxation, leaving Westminster to oversee defence, foreign affairs, immigration and monetar...
Here's the emotional case: Britain is the greatest country on Earth NEW
MEP Daniel Hannan's blog 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 9 Hours, 58 Minutes ago
Britons have become diffident about celebrating their nationality. It wasn’t always so; well into the 1960s, British patriotism was seen as an unambiguously positive value, like honesty, generosity or courage. But throughout my lifetime –...