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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 …


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.”

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Lord Owen speaks in the House of Lords about establishing a UK-wide Constitutional Convention.

Lord Owen’s speech on 13 December 2018 in the Debate on the current constitutional challenges within the UK and the case for the establishment of a UK-wide Constitutional Convention to address issues of democratic accountability and devolution, particularly in England.

View the speech here: Constitutional Challenges

Read the text here: HL13.12.18

 

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On the eve of the Commons Debate on the Withdrawal Agreement, Lord Owen writes to all MPs suggesting an exit strategy that avoids a no deal.

Original of Lord Owen’s LetterLettertoallMPs

The letter is supplemented by an Explanatory Note which can be viewed hereExplanatory note

 

“Last week in the Sunday TimesTheresa May wrote a letter to the country and Tony Blair wrote to the EU.

Your votes on 11 December are your choice and yours alone. This is about what the Government and the UK should do if the House …