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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.”

 


In-depth interview for World Radio Switzerland

In an extended and wide-ranging interview for World Radio Switzerland Lord Owen covers many subjects including domestic politics and his involvement in the breakaway from Labour in the 1980s to form the Social Democratic Party; the strong sinews of nationhood that has been behind the growing support, including his own, for Brexit; and the dilemma the referendum result has caused the Labour and Conservative Party which are both split. How …


Lord Owen reveals his letter to EU Heads of Government sent in advance of the EU Summit meeting.

Lord Owen comments on the letter he sent to the heads of all EU governments ahead of the EU summit on 10 April, 2019:

There is still just time to avoid the UK having to fight the European elections and to agree the Withdrawal Treaty on the basis of this letter sent to the European Heads of Government.

The Irish backstop would be re-examined, something the German government appears open …