Irish Times Inside Politics podcast

Claire spoke to the Irish Times Inside Politics podcast on 9 January, to discuss her experience of being an MEP and the Brexit movement. She explains that her time as an MEP has been educational in exposing the corrupting and vacuous nation of the European Parliament, and the false sense of importance bestowed on MEPs despite their lack of real power.

Claire explains her opposition to the EU as being based on sovereign principles rather than the content and outcomes of legislation passed. She finishes by giving her take on the recent UK general election, the failure of Jeremy Corbyn to create a credible economic programme that the electorate believed could be implemented, and his ambiguous position on Brexit as being ultimately responsible for his election loss.

Claire on Politics Live

Claire was one of the guests on the BBC’s lunchtime politics discussion show today with Tory MP Stephen Crabb, shadow housing minister Sarah Jones and Tony Blair’s former spin doctor Alastair Campbell. They discussed Iran, the Labour Party’s leadership contest and Brexit.

Watch the full programme on BBC iPlayer here.

If the EU wants the moral authority to criticise Russia, it should clean its own house first

At the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Thursday 19 December, Claire addressed the parliament on the issue of Russia’s foreign agent law. She argues that it is right Russia be criticised for curtailing journalists’ freedom, but points out that the tactic of labelling opponents as ‘foreign agents’ is one often utilised by the EU themselves. These tactics deflect genuine popular criticism and prevent reflection by scapegoating a foreign entity. She concludes by saying the EU should sort its own house first.

Explanation of vote: rejecting the new trans orthodoxy and why we need open debate

At the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Wednesday 18 December, Claire explains her decision to abstain on the motion surrounding LGBTI public discrimination because of the civil liberties and freedom of speech limitations. She is concerned the motion will criminalise debate surrounding the trans community, particularly when some of the biggest opponents of this new dogma are lesbians and feminists, as it forces women to deny their biology and their autonomy. Claire finishes by criticising the EU’s top-down imposition of this new orthodoxy on to members states.

The hypocrisy of the 10th anniversary of the Lisbon Treaty

At the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Wednesday 18 December, Claire Fox discusses the EU’s commemorations of the 10th Anniversary of the Lisbon Treaty. She reflects on the events in the chamber and the self-congratulatory tone that many of the speeches took in relation to the anniversary, as well as the fact that many nations rejected the treaty, in its earlier guise as the EU Constitution, via referendums only to have it implemented through the back door. Claire praises the fact that finally, on the year of the 10th anniversary, the EU will have a referendum they are forced to respect – Brexit!

Boris Johnson couldn’t have done it without the Brexit Party

Claire wrote for the Spectator on why she was pleased that the Conservatives won a majority in the election. But she also explains why Boris Johnson should be grateful to the Brexit Party – not just for his election landslide but for the fact that Brexit was back on the agenda at all. The party’s decision to stand down candidates in constituencies won by the Tories in 2017 was crucial, too – but it wasn’t based on a belief that the Withdrawal Agreement was truly ‘Brexit’.

Read the whole article here.

The Tories don’t have a divine right to Leavers’ votes

Claire was interviewed for Channel 4 News about whether the Brexit Party was potentially going to stop the Conservatives from getting a majority and prevent Brexit. As she pointed out, there are many areas in which Leave voters are unlikely to switch to the Tories. She also rejected claims that the Brexit Party is racist. In fact, she points out, the Brexit Party has put forward ‘hard-working decent democrats who are not racist at all’. In fact, the party has got more ethnic-minority candidates into the European Parliament than any other party.

Election night: Claire on France 24

Claire gave her initial reaction to the general election exit poll. She praised the electorate for reaffirming their desire to leave the European Union and defying the remain establishment. Claire also drew attention to the collapse of the Labour vote in the north, and the fact ordinary people deserted the party largely because of their failure to honour the referendum. Moving forward, Claire retained her reservations regarding Boris’s deal but was glad the referendum result was finally going to be honoured.

Cross Question with Iain Dale

Claire joined Iain Dale for his LBC show Cross Question (11 December 2019) alongside Alastair Campbell, Paul Mason and Sarah Vine to discuss the general election. Despite the guests all locking horns on issues such as the NHS, racism within British politics, and electoral reform, the debate was largely civil to the point at which Claire gave Alastair Campbell of a copy of her EU paid-for book Reclaiming Democracy – The Left Case for Sovereignty, to remind him what the left actually represents.

Boris’s ‘oven-ready’ Brexit deal isn’t what all Leave voters want

Claire has an article in the Spectator on why voting Conservative isn’t necessarily the answer for many Brexit voters.

Whatever the results on Thursday, there have been aspects of this election campaign not revealed by polling. My experience of speaking and campaigning in my MEP patch in the North West has been revelatory. I am in awe of a layer of new activists who have been inspired to want more fundamental change than that offered by the establishment parties. Many are new to politics, have found their voice and have discovered the power of being actively engaged. It reminds me of a far earlier experience of the miners’ strike, when miners’ wives groups sprang up nationally and formidable women started to take control. 

It’s exhilarating to be with people for whom politics might mean a fresh reboot of democracy; I have been humbled by their energy and hard work. But I won’t lie to you: it is not easy being a Brexit party representative in this election. 

There is no soft-soaping the painful quandary this election is for many Leave voters, largely because many are in a predicament, scared of splitting the Leave vote.

Read the full article here.