The BBC’s political independence from the British Government, theoretically enshrined in its Charter, is more tenuous than ever.
William Hogarth Tail-piece or The Bathos. Image: Wikipedia
Brexit could be “the moment we finally failed as a great nation and became a second or third tier nation”. George Freeman, Chairman of the Conservative Policy Forum, Theresa May’s chief political adviser (The Independent)
“You should never be ashamed to admit you have been wrong. It only proves you are wiser today than yesterday.” Jonathan Swift
“It is the right of those of us who voted to remain to continue to speak for what we believe is in our country’s best interest and not allow ourselves to be cowed into silence.” Ian McEwan
WE STILL HAVE A CHOICE ON BREXIT
“If the British people want to, they can change their minds on Brexit.
The decision to leave the EU can be reversed, if we so choose.
As the Secretary General of the European Constitutional Convention, which drafted Article 50, the clause which the Government triggered earlier this year to begin the process of leaving the EU, I wanted to set out the facts about what Article 50 is, and what it is not.
The key point is this; the letter that the Prime Minister sent to trigger Article 50 can be withdrawn if the British people change their minds. And from President Macron to Donald Tusk, European leaders agree.
New facts are coming to light that nobody could have known about at the time of the referendum. As we move forward, the public have the right to know that they can still take a different view. They should not be misled into thinking they can’t.
Secretary-General of the European Constitutional Convention (2002-03)