Podcast Ep. 73: Hammond, Sturgeon To Offer Light-Hearted Political Crises

RD E73 Spreadshit Phil

The Sturg’s decision to call a second round on Scottish independence, the impending invocation of Article 50 (already triggering some), fallout from Spreadsheet Phil’s budget, and an EU court case allowing religious clothing bans are the topics for this week on the podcast.

Joining us is freelance journalist James O’Malley, a self-confessed social democrat and writer at the New Statesman, the Independent and recently Gizmodo.

Image based on Nato Summit Wales 2014 by Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Forecast: Will Britain Really Leave the EU?

Houses of Parliament, June 2011 by Leonard Bentley v2

You may have heard that Britain, a small country in the north-west of Europe, recently voted to leave the European Union (EU), by a narrow margin of 51.9 to 48.1 percent.

The result mostly crept up on the political, media and corporate establishments (not to mention the bookies), who had thought that Britons would cleave to the perceived safety of the status quo, even as polls in the week prior to the vote signalled otherwise.

Since the outcome was revealed on June 23rd many have predicted that it could be undone by legal or political shenanigans. The lawyer David Allen Green has even claimed that Article 50, the legal mechanism for Britain quitting the EU, might never be invoked.

All of which leaves an obvious question: After the referendum result, is Britain actually going to trigger Article 50 and leave the EU? And will it do it by 2020, the year the next general election is scheduled for?

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