European Union

Liberal gains if Britain stays in EU

By Simon Rocker, June 10, 2016

Liberal Judaism could benefit if Britain decides to remain in the European Union.

The movement is now eligible to apply for EU grants as it has communities in three countries - the UK, Ireland and Denmark - chief executive Rabbi Danny Rich told its patrons' dinner at the House of Lords on Tuesday.

For the guest speaker, Rabbi Gilad Kariv, the focus was on Israel.


Student sets up website to get the young involved in EU debate

By Sandy Rashty, June 9, 2016

A former Yavneh College student has launched a political website to engage young people ahead of the EU referendum.

Benji Fisher, who is reading political science at Birmingham University, set up the Just Debate website after he received GPB40,000 in investment from former Apprentice contestant Raj Dhonota.


Vote to keep Britain's voice strong in Europe

By Stuart Polak, June 9, 2016

Speaking five years after victory in the Second World War, at the beginning of the process that began the formation of the European Union, Winston Churchill told the House of Commons that "on either side of the Atlantic it is felt that inter-dependence is part of our faith and the means of our salvation."

The European Union was conceived to render war in Europe impossible, by restraining nation


Brexit poll shows big lead for Remain

By Marcus Dysch, May 12, 2016

Almost half of the country's Jews believe Britain should remain in the European Union, a JC poll has revealed.

Asked how they would vote in next month's referendum, 49 per cent said they would prefer to stay in.

Just over a third - 34 per cent - back Brexit.

But a significant number - 17 per cent - were yet to decide how they would vote on June 23.


No surprise we're playing safe on Brexit

By Marcus Dysch, May 12, 2016

Is it really a surprise that Jews are more likely to vote for Britain to remain in the EU next month?

On an issue of this magnitude, the community will surely always support the security provided by the status quo than a leap into the unknown.


Why Israel wants Britain to stay firmly inside the EU

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 3, 2016

The Israeli government, unlike the Obama administration and the member states of the European Union, is extremely unlikely to express an official position on Britain's European referendum.

But off-record conversations with senior Israeli officials make the unofficial position clear: Israel would like to see the UK remaining firmly in.


Stay or go, there are no clear answers

By Shimon Cohen, February 25, 2016

Working to influence political opinion both in Westminster and in Brussels certainly gives me a unique view but not necessarily an obvious choice as we approach the EU referendum in June.

Our community has friends across all blocs and parties within the European Parliament, the Commission and the Council and I am proud that the causes I represent have real allies.


Our free trade with Israel will continue regardless

By Alex Brummer, February 25, 2016

Israel's robust trade with Britain would largely be unaffected if the UK votes to leave the EU in June. Bilateral commerce between the UK and Israel has climbed markedly in recent times and is estimated to have reached more than £5 billion in 2015 making the UK the third largest trade partner with Israel behind the US and Hong Kong.


Uncertainty of Brexit would be bad for business, say leading figures

By Sandy Rashty, February 25, 2016

Top business leaders have backed David Cameron's campaign to stay in the European Union.

Jewish tycoons including Lord Sugar, Sir Martin Sorrell, Sir Philip Green and Sir Victor Blank say they would vote for the UK to remain in the Union in June's referendum.


Should we stay in or vote to go out of Europe? the Rabbis' views

By Josh Jackman, February 25, 2016

Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner
Senior Rabbi to the Movement for Reform Judaism - Stay in