European Union

'As soon as the downturn gets going they'll start looking at the Jews again'

June 30, 2016

The head of the Rabbinical Centre of Europe, Rabbi Menachem Margolin, has argued that Brexit could lead to an increase in antisemitism across Europe.

Rabbi Margolin, whose organisation represents over 800 rabbis across the continent, said: "The EU is today much weaker. The UK in particular was a strong advocate for freedom of religion and in the fight against antisemitism.


Paris community leaders lament British 'isolation'

By Shirli Sitbon, June 30, 2016

Brexit was not on the agenda at Jewish Agency board of governors meeting in Paris this week, but it was still a hot topic - and the UK came in for some heavy criticism.

"Who cares about them? These Brits have an island mentality. They've been bothering us for years, trying to dictate their own rules. Good riddance!


Israeli diplomats regret loss of UK influence on EU

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 30, 2016

Israel had no public or official position on last Thursday's referendum.

The consensus within the diplomatic service was that Britain's exit from the European Union would be disadvantageous for Israel, which has often relied on British backing in European forums.


This will embolden Europe's extremists

By Matthew Goodwin, June 30, 2016

Brexit was the result that was never supposed to happen. As the results rolled in from across the country it became clear that, once again, the collective assumption of a Remain win, one that had been shaped by the opinion polls, betting markets and economists, was wrong.


Sadiq Khan: warnings about security and racism after Brexit vote

By Sandy Rashty, June 27, 2016

Sadiq Khan has voiced his concerns about security and racism in the wake of the Brexit vote.

He has also called on the UK government to give him “a seat around the table” during Brexit negotiations.

The London Mayor made the comments after the UK voted to leave the European Union on Friday morning.


Brexit: Now we must avoid narrow nationalism

By Danny Rich, June 24, 2016

Whether you were a Brexiter or part of the large minority who voted Remain, you participated in an historic moment – certainly in the story of the United Kingdom, and possibly of greater significance for the future structure of Europe.


Brexit: It's a wonderful day for Britain - and its Jews

By Stephen Pollard, June 24, 2016

As editor of the JC, I kept my views on the EU referendum off its pages. In so important a vote, I didn’t think it appropriate for the paper – let alone the editor - to take sides. But now that it’s over, it’s time to deal with some of the bizarre myths that are being created about what Brexit will mean for Israel and British Jews.


David Cameron announces his decision to step down after EU referendum

By Sandy Rashty, June 24, 2016

Communal bodies have paid tribute to David Cameron after he announced his decision to step down as Prime Minister of the UK.

Mr Cameron announced the decision outside Downing Street at around 8:15am this morning.

The announcement came after Britain voted to leave the European Union, by 51.9 per cent to 48.1 per cent.


Andrew Marr pays tribute to Jo Cox at Norwood charity event

By Sandy Rashty, June 17, 2016

A moment of silence was held to mark the death of Jo Cox at the Norwood charity property lunch this afternoon.

More than 800 guests at the central London event paid their respects to the Labour MP, who was shot and stabbed in a shock attack yesterday.


Charedim fear Brexit​

By Simon Rocker, June 16, 2016

A British exit from Europe could have a serious effect on the Charedi community, a senior Stamford Hill figure has warned.

Michoel Posen, who works as head of the Agudas Israel Community Services, said that freedom of movement within the EU had benefited the strictly Orthodox, where marriages to spouses from overseas are common.