Ignoring the family unit means pressures on benefits – and burdening some poorer families with the highest effective marginal tax rate in the developed world.
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Those who still refuse to accept we’re really going to leave the EU are misreading the process, the politics, and the people.
James Cartlidge: We should consider joining EFTA – which would give us the brake on unskilled EU migration that we may need
If we are also out of CAP, CFP and direct ECJ jurisdiction, able to negotiate our own trade deals and in the Single Market, it might not be such a bad outcome after all.
Williamson must ensure that our Armed Forces have enough troops, that the MoD gets them the equipment they need, and help drive reform in NATO.
I have said previously that I believe the Government has been pursuing a sensible negotiating approach to date. I maintain that view.
The President himself hasn’t set out what he would like to happen next, and has provided no detailed plan for what would replace the current agreement.
Howard Flight: Today’s Mayite Conservatives have embraced a socialist ethic – with wishy-washy, opportunistic policies.
Mercifully, there remain a few Thatcherites, even in the Cabinet, who believe in the power of liberty, responsibility, commerce and voluntary action.
Christopher Howarth: The EU is approaching a decision point in the negotiation. It either compromises – or gets no money.
We are not yet there, but it’s clear the Brexit cup is not, as some gloomily believe, half-empty but in reality very nearly full.
Henry Newman: Macron seems determined to prove that Brexiteer fears about a federal Europe were right all along.
But could Germany, in the wake of its election result, now become the prime bulwark against Macron’s and Juncker’s ambitions?
Lewis Baston: Disraeli’s “leap in the dark” towards modern democracy. 150 years on from the 1867 Reform Act.
Two cheers for a measure that, though mostly about managing, dividing and taming popular opinion, remains a reforming landmark.
Kieron O’Hara: An unloved Prime Minister. An inadequate Foreign Secretary. And a hamstrung Trade Secretary. What a Brexit mess.
This is not a pro-Remain article. Rather, my point is that a referendum is a horrible way of making political decisions, and we are where we are as a direct result.
Between 1997 and 2005, public sector spending rose from £336 billion to £517 billion a year. But its output has increased little, so its productivity has fallen dramatically.
Most people would resent any payments after we cease being members.
Just 0.6 per cent of London homes – and 0.8 per cent nationally – are vacant for more than six months. That’s down hugely in recent years.
We should seek the closest possible relationship with the EU and an open trade policy. Firms need confidence to invest.