On Thursday 23rd of June 2016 we had the referendum to decide whether the UK should leave or remain in the European Union. Leave won by 51.9% to 48.1%. The referendum turnout was 71.8% with more than 30 million people voting. Nevertheless, with approx. 60 million people in the UK, including many from EU countries, who were unable to vote and take part in that decision, even though they have lived here for many years and have family ties or even businesses here, I feel that there is a hidden cost to Brexit which is being ignored.
Written by Jason Halsey on 5 January, 2017 - 15:25
Sir Ivan, the man who would play a main role in the negotiations with the EU during the UKs extraction has resigned, sending a 1400-word thank you letter to his staff setting out his problems with why he felt his position was untenable and the current Governments position with regards to leaving the EU.
He begins his letter reminding the team that he was due to leave later this year
“As most of you will know, I started here in November 2013. My four-year tour is therefore due to end in October - although in practice if we had been doing the Presidency my time here would have been extended by a few months.
As we look ahead to the likely timetable for the next few years, and with the invocation of Article 50 coming up shortly, it is obvious that it will be best if the top team in situ at the time that Article 50 is invoked remains there till the end of the process and can also see through the negotiations for any new deal between the UK and the EU27.
It would obviously make no sense for my role to change hands later this year.
Written by Adrian Farrel on 26 October, 2016 - 22:21
Ahoy fellow Pirates.
Regardless of which way you voted, I'm sure you're tired of hearing about the referendum and plundering politicians but PPUK is impacted by many of the issues raised by the process and fact of Brexit.
Transparency in Campaigning
Both the Leave and Remain campaigns were based on lies and fear. Little concrete evidence was supplied and both sides of the debate can carry some blame despite the fact that real information and data was available to researchers. It seems as though the politicians and campaigners were more interested in stirring up emotional responses than in having a measured and constructive debate.
What treatment would we in PPUK like to see for those who lie on a public platform during a referendum campaign? How would we like to see the media held to account? How would we expect information to be presented to the public in future campaigns?
Ridiculing of "Experts"
During the campaign, Michael Gove said: "People in this country have had enough of experts" and this seemed to strike a chord across the voting public.
Written by Adrian Farrel on 16 August, 2016 - 15:51
Whatever your view of the outcome of the referendum, you probably agree that the campaigns were threaded through with misinformation and confusion. We might hope that we are past that point, but as the debate about how we will negotiate the UK's exit from the European Union (EU) develops we are being exposed to more and distractions and disingenuous public statements.
A considerable amount of research funding comes to the UK from the EU through the Horizon 2020 (H2020) scheme . This programme is providing over 80 billion Euros in grants over the period 2014 to 2020 and is envisioned as a means to drive economic growth and create jobs within the EU's member nations. The stated aim is to ensure Europe produces world-class science, removes barriers to innovation and makes it easier for the public and private sectors to work together in delivering innovation.
The chief beneficiaries of H2020 grants are research institutions (universities and independent research organisations) and the R&D arms of large companies , however there is a goal that 20% of the monies will go to small or medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
If you live in a democracy and don't have freedom of information, it's not a democracy//Birgitta Jónsdóttir
Civil liberties are just like muscles. They must be exercised regularly in full, or they will weaken, wither, and atrophy.//Rick Falkvinge
Without information, you cannot make informed decisions as a public//Chelsea Manning
The immoral cannot be made moral through the use of secret law.//Edward Snowden
Your own acts and behaviour tell the world who you are and what kind of society you think it should be.//Ai Weiwei
Ex-employers called me Mr Ethical for objecting to fraud. I'm winning.//Nicholas Wilson
Whistleblowers are the regulators of last resort//Annie Machon
There should not be just be right holders rights or office rights but there should also be users rights//Julia Reda
It seems the only time the government listens to you is when you don't want them to//Anonymous
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