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Statement issued on the eve of the UK’s exit from the EU

Download Lord Owen’s statement here: Statement on eve of EU departure

I will celebrate with the all-Party Vote Leave referendum campaigners on Friday evening and in particular with those who spent the last three and a half years, at personal cost in time and money, dealing with the Electoral Commission and those who tried to use the law in the hope of overturning the people’s decision.

I will not be


How must the 5 million Labour voters who backed Brexit feel now?

Lord Owen writing in the Mail on Sunday, 20 October 2019.

Read the article here: 5 million Labour voters

Extract:

The result of the 2016 referendum cannot be reversed – it must be honoured, The genie cannot be simply put back in the bottle as Remainers, including those who backed yesterday’s successful Letwin amendment, would like to believe.

There is an obligation on our politicians to complete our withdrawal by …


Let’s get (Brexit) wrapped up and negotiate intelligently and strongly. If any extension is required to finalise a Withdrawal Agreement, then let it be one the British Government asks for, not one imposed on it by the chicanery of the House of Commons.

Lord Owen speaking with Julia Hartley-Brewer on TalkRadio, Monday 14 October 2019. Listen to the full segment (approx 14’20”) here: TalkBackRadio show

“Let’s get this wrapped up and negotiate intelligently and strongly. If any extension is required to finalise a Withdrawal Agreement, then let it be one the British Government asks for, not one imposed on it by the chicanery of the House of Commons. Any extension can only be …


There is a legal way of exiting the EU by 31st October

SPEECH BY THE RT HON LORD OWEN TO THE CAMBRIDGE UNION ON “THE PRESENT STATE OF POLITICS IN THE UK”, TUESDAY, 8 OCTOBER 2019

There is a legal way of exiting the EU by 31st October

A PDF of the full text is here: LordOwenCambridgeUnionSpeech

It is just possible as I speak on 8 October that by 17/18 October at the European Heads of Government meeting, using perhaps even


Following a Freedom of Information request from Ireland, Lord Owen is happy to make public a letter he sent in April to all 27 EU Heads of Government, President Donald Tusk and President Jean-Claude Junker. Lord Owen’s idea for helping to resolve the ‘Irish Backstop’ is as relevant now as then.

Following a Freedom of Information request from Ireland, Lord Owen is happy to make public a letter he sent in April to all 27 EU Heads of Government, President Donald Tusk and President Jean-Claude Junker. Lord Owen’s idea for helping to resolve the ‘Irish Backstop’ is as relevant now as then.

The letter was not made public at the time since Lord Owen hoped one of the Heads of Government …


Brexit is not the policy of any one political party and as a Brexiteer I welcome this long overdue shift towards delivering on the referendum decision and wish the Prime Minister and his team well on this.

Continued…As a social democrat I recognise this is a fundamentally Tory government and will continue to oppose a marketised NHS and argue for different social priorities.

Nevertheless I will seek to hold this government to pursuing as its first priority the Brexit agenda. Namely, taking back control of our country, binding together the four nations that make up the UK, reversing the inequalities that broadly exist between London and the …


The UK has not gone through such an undemocratic period of governance for well over a century. We, the people, must ensure this deplorable and undemocratic process cannot continue.

Reacting to ‘Britain’s Brexit Crisis’ presented by Nick Robinson on BBC 1, Thursday 18 July 2019, Lord David Owen commented:

“There is one vital message to emerge from the BBC’s TV programme ‘Britain’s Brexit Crisis’ and it must be faced now openly before a new Prime Minister takes office – we no longer have Cabinet Government. Prime Ministers now behave as US Presidents and the inevitable consequence is Parliament, sensing …


Our EU escape route exists already. Europe set it up

Lord Owen writes in today’s (23 June 2019) Sunday Times:

Our EU escape route exists already. Europe set it up | Comment | The Sunday Times

“The Bruges Group, a Eurosceptic think tank founded after Margaret Thatcher’s speech in that city in 1988, has recently advocated a mechanism whereby the UK leaves the EU but remains a member of the EEA, ‘participating provisionally’ in the European single market.”