EU Referendum

Croydon Debate Club’s first season

Posted on July 7th, by Robert Ward in Politics & Society. No Comments

Croydon Debate Club was Robert Ward’s response to a perception that the quality of the national debate on the EU referendum was poor

Let’s not re-visit the arguments, but both sides were guilty. Wild exaggeration, presenting the predictions of economic models with dubious input assumptions as fact, pretending to know the future and more were commonplace. I think that most people were able to figure it out … Read More »

Print archive: Summer 2016 – Crexit

Posted on September 7th, by The Croydon Citizen in Not featured, Politics & Society. No Comments

A bumper edition of the Citizen explores the case for and against breaking up the EU, and then Croydon itself. Plus, a Croydon Tech City supplement


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News in brief summer 2016

Posted on September 5th, by The Croydon Citizen in Politics & Society. No Comments

The big stories of the summer, summarised for your convenience by the Citizen team

Croydon voted to remain in the European Union

The debate over staying in or leaving the EU raged across the UK in the first half of this year, and Croydon saw its share of skirmishes between the campaigns. Street stalls from all sides were regularly present, with non-political groups also holding events to discuss … Read More »

Brexit: a brighter future for a great town

Posted on July 25th, by Michael Swadling in Politics & Society. 14 comments

Fed up with doomsaying and wanting to respond to concerns about Brexit, Leave campaigner Michael Swadling offers some optimism, and reflects on the referendum in Croydon

The 23rd June was a great day for British democracy. The people stood up against all sides of the establishment and voted to make a fundamental change to our constitution, once again making Britain a sovereign state.

In Croydon, Remain … Read More »

Croydon didn’t vote the way you think it did on Europe

Posted on July 21st, by Robert Ward in Politics & Society. 6 comments

Robert Ward dives into the voting data from the EU referendum, and finds Croydon bucked some expectations

The EU referendum was divisive. How could it to be otherwise? We were asked a very tough question. The divisiveness was certainly not helped by wilful misinterpretation and stretching of the truth by both sides, but the good news is that voters thought hard and voted in large numbers.

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The real Crexit

Posted on June 22nd, by James Naylor in Politics & Society. 3 comments

Croydon’s local divisions are both more interesting and more revealing than the national debate, says James Naylor

First: an apology. You may well be sick of referendum coverage by now. Misleading slogans, misused patriotism, the fears of immigration or economic collapse stoked by an apparently endless army of columnists, and every day a fresh lineup of experts from some field or another telling you that … Read More »

I’m positive about leaving

Posted on June 21st, by Ahzaz Chowdhury in Politics & Society, Topical. No Comments

Local businessman Az Chowdhury presents a case for leaving the EU that’s more upbeat than others you may have read

On 23rd June, each of us has the opportunity to cast their vote in the EU Referendum. How will it affect the country as a whole, and us in Croydon? Ultimately, should we vote to remain or leave?

I will be voting to leave the EU. … Read More »

The cost of Crexit

Posted on June 20th, by Andy Bagnall in Politics & Society. 2 comments

Andy Bagnall, former Croydon councillor and now CBI director of campaigns, sees only one logical choice for Croydon to make on 23rd June

I’ve been involved in politics and political campaigns in Croydon for nearly twenty years, and the EU referendum is proving fascinating as it approaches the business end of the campaign.

As the two sides discuss the high-level arguments about sovereignty, identity … Read More »

Crexit or cremain? Should the people of Croydon vote to leave the EU?

Posted on May 9th, by Charles Barber in Politics & Society. 8 comments

In Croydon’s interests and in our country’s, Charles Barber will be voting to stay

On Thursday 23rd June, the British public and the people of Croydon will make a decision with long-lasting and difficult-to-predict consequences. Whether to leave or remain is one of the most complicated decisions that we, as a people, have ever been asked to make.

The reason that I’ll be ticking the … Read More »

Out of the EU and back on track

Posted on March 16th, by Michael Swadling in Politics & Society. 18 comments

The Citizen’s EU referendum coverage begins with Michael Swadling presenting a case for ‘Crexit’

The EU referendum campaign has started. This represents a huge opportunity for the people of Britain to regain control of our democracy and leave the EU. I am campaigning for Britain to set itself free from the burden of EU membership and as a life-long resident of Croydon, I look forward … Read More »