European Union

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.


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.