Brexit – I was sick of it when it was all happening. It’s off the news now, but when Covid settles down it will just come back again.
Everything else outside the world – Brexit, the global economy, global warming, everything – nothing matters as much as what’s in your house.
Is it just me, or did 2019 feel like an endless fight? Tension over Brexit and climate-change protests trickled down into our everyday lives, putting pressure on every relationship.
Eighty per cent of the membership of the Conservative Party are very keen to make sure that Brexit happens, we’ll be in a position to enthusiastically support leaving the E.U. with no deal and if we are then able to agree a position to put to the country, I think we would hit the ball out of the park.
I accept of course we’re in deep trouble and deep difficulty. But if we, under a new leader, reinvent ourselves properly as a Brexit party, we will be faced with the inevitability at some point of a general election in order to deliver Brexit because this Parliament is stopping the delivery of Brexit.
The Conservatives as a Brexit party, being very clear about their objectives are almost certainly going to have to go into some kind of electoral arrangement with the Brexit Party, otherwise Brexit doesn’t happen.
Nigel Farage said he would do a deal with the devil to get Brexit over the line; the Conservative party is very far from being the devil in this.
On the night of Brexit, while some people were celebrating and others were having wakes, I stayed in and played Beethoven, his quartets mainly, into the small hours of the morning.
I was struck during the Brexit debate by how little discussion there was about the origins of the concept of a united Europe.
A jobs-first Brexit deal means remaining in the single market and customs union.
The day after Brexit I had a moment when someone said, ‘Don’t you want to go back to your own country?’ I wasn’t 100 per cent sure if he was thinking he was being kind? I was like, ‘Um… this is my home, thank you.’
If a no-deal Brexit would happen like has been discussed, I think we would have a major impact in terms of our operations going to the races and getting our cars developed and ready.
Brexit is a major concern for us, and it should be a major concern for all of us who live in the U.K. and operate out of the U.K.
I’ve been clear that Brexit means Brexit.
The Government cannot just be consumed by Brexit. There is so much more to do.
If the hard Brexit happens, I would assume that London wouldn’t be the centre of the tech world in Europe.
Brexit was, at its heart, about democracy and sovereignty.
The entire debate around a ‘No Deal’ Brexit assigns a vastly overstated importance to the role of government in daily life.
You see it with Brexit, you see it in Donald Trump’s election, you see it with the fact that neither of the main parties ended up in the final round of the French presidential election, you see it with the Italian referendum being defeated, you see it in a lot of ways – the political revolution.
I don’t think anybody has any idea what the economic impact of Brexit will be.
The only thing that I know for sure is that the people who invest in the U.K., those investors, believe strongly that the ramifications of a hard Brexit are very bad, and they believe that a recession will take place in the U.K., and that would clearly be negative for banks of the U.K.
If anything, one would think we learn from Brexit is we need a strong, stable banking system, not one to repeal the consumer bureau and repeal Dodd-Frank and give Wall Street what it wants. That would be the worst kind of response.
The Brexit decision is a decision we see very negatively. But, of course, it has been taken by the British people, so now we have to find a way to deal with it, and from our point of view, it is important to avoid a hard Brexit.
Ever since Theresa May’s premiership, I have become suspicious of the ‘lectern moment’. That is when the prime minister steps outside Downing Street to address the nation on Brexit.
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