Red Tape, Brexit, Shock and Bluff
As the Brexit ‘negotiations’ begin (or ends?) we are drawing on academic experts to try and cut through the spin and political fog to understand the issues.
Here is constitutional lawyer, Professor Michael Duggan of Liverpool University, on the Brexit process. He is the editor of a collection of essays: “THE UK AFTER BREXIT”.
He points out to the internal and external dangers of the new politics.
“…we should pay careful attention to the gathering “anti-red tape” campaigns – being promoting by the likes of the Daily Telegraph – which seek to portray withdrawal as some “once in a lifetime opportunity” to sweep away any number of EU-derived rights and obligations. To them, of course, “red tape” means our rights as workers and consumers, or the regulatory standards intended to protect the environment or our broader safety and security as citizens. And don’t forget: short term promises in party manifestos to “protect workers rights” count for very little – leaving the EU is about imposing a long term, structural change in our social contract with public power.”
Richard Murphy of the UK Tax Research UK Blog said of him: “Sane voices need to be heard. Michael Dougan is a sane voice on an issue where such voices are too rarely heard.”
In the second film EU law expert, Professor Michael Dougan offers his assessment one year on from the EU referendum which resulted in a narrow majority in favour of Brexit. Prof Dougan, whose video criticising the campaign’s “dishonesty on an industrial scale” in the weeks before the vote clocked up millions of views, looks back at his predictions and suggests that those who want to see the UK leave the EU are now facing “the accountability of reality”. He says Brexiteers are in a “state of almost total denial” as “project fear becomes project reality”.
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