Happy New Year, everybody!

Happy New Year, everyone! Enjoy the Sydney fireworks which I’m posting because my friend Tom is out there at the moment and he sent me a photo of himself a while ago with the bridge in the background.

Eat, drink and have general fun in whichever way you like today because tomorrow (or Wednesday in Scotland since we have a much-needed extra bank holiday) we get on with stopping this Brexit nonsense.

Let’s hope that we can still say that we are citizens of the European Union at the end of this year.

I have started the New Year in unusually efficient form. I have changed the Golden Dozen template to 2019 already. Normally, I start the year by changing it manually every week when I do the post, cursing as I do and swearing that this week I will change it. And then sometime around March I finally get sick fed up of that malarkey and finally sort it out. But it’s done now.

Whatever you are doing,  I hope you have a great start to the year and that 2019 brings you peace, health and happiness.

 

* Caron Lindsay is Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings

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5 Comments

  • Peter Hirst 2nd Jan '19 - 10:01am

    I suppose it depends how you define the word “citizens” Caron. We will continue to be a valued member of the continent whatever happens. It is the closeness of that tie and how easy it will be to visit and trade that is the concern. Interesting that two thirds of Labour members want to remain or a second referendum. What is keeping them? Loyalty is sometimes misguided- time for a break? Perhaps we can entice them.

  • Tony Miller 2nd Jan '19 - 2:30pm

    While we’re in the mood for new Year resolutions, here’s one for all of us in the party: we will spend time NOW looking at the underlying reasons why the 52% (and those who didn’t vote in the referendum) rejected remaining in the EU, and why so few of the 48% are turning to us even though we are now so close to the exit. We will then do something to address those issues.
    Let’s face it, the positive case for Remain is still not being heard. Nor are the reasons so many people felt we should leave being properly investigated and answered. Putting aside that mendacious bus and other untruths about Europe peddled and inadequately answered over so many years, there is an underlying alienation in a large section of the electorate from what is increasingly seen as the out-of-touch ‘liberal elite’ of London and Brussels.
    Unless we do something about this soon, we’ll be left with a dangerous vacuum in the left-of-centre political spectrum. Populist and nationalist alternatives are not hard to find, but less easy to counter without some real effort. As a party, we must now put in that effort – and quickly!

  • Andrew Toye 2nd Jan '19 - 2:58pm

    Is it legal that the Government can strip us of our EU citizenship? This question is particularly relevant to people born after the end of 1993 (when it came into force) as they make consider it a birth right.

  • David Evershed 2nd Jan '19 - 4:39pm

    Article 20 (1) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union[25] states that:

    “Citizenship of the Union is hereby established. Every person holding the nationality of a Member State shall be a citizen of the Union. Citizenship of the Union shall be additional to and not replace national citizenship.”

    This suggests that once the Uk is not a member state that our citizenship of the EU lapses. However, if you or your parents were born in Northern Ireland you can apply for citizenship of Ireland.

  • Tony Miller,well said! . .[2.30 pm] . .

    ” . . there is an underlying alienation in a large section of the electorate from what is increasingly seen as the out-of-touch ‘liberal elite’ of London and Brussels.
    Unless we do something about this soon, we’ll be left with a dangerous vacuum in the left-of-centre political spectrum. Populist and nationalist alternatives are not hard to find, but less easy to counter without some real effort. As a party, we must now put in that effort – and quickly!”

    I believe these columns show too little, day by day, on the lines quoted above, and too little of their urgency. Now is not the time for refined discussion of the many important topics that come and go in their elegant way, and which will again be much discussed once a decent government has been elected. And that will not happen until the anger of the Leavers has been assuaged, and the hapless Non-Voters have been engaged, by the offer of major policies of direct and positive and plausible interest to them. We LibDems must make it clear that a vote for us greatly increases the prospect of a serious government determined to right the wrong of Tory austerity by addressing directly the decay of our towns and the impoverishment of the thousands who work hard and get little while the experts talk and the rich get richer. A Universal Basic Income, once understood, might make a start — “and quickly!”

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