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The Federal Trust is a research institute studying the interactions between regional, national, European and global levels of government. Founded in 1945 on the initiative of Sir William Beveridge, it has long made a powerful contribution to the study of federalism and federal systems. It has always had a particular interest in the European Union and Britain’s place in it.

The Federal Trust has no allegiance to any political party. It is registered as a charity for the purposes of education and research.

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Video podcast: Brexit can’t work

By |January 22nd, 2021|

In this new video, our director Brendan Donnelly discusses why Brexit cannot be made to “work” without considerable accompanying political and economic drawbacks. He argues that those who wish for the UK to rejoin the [...]

Britain and the EU – where next?

By |January 12th, 2021|

This article was first published by The Brussels Times   Boris Johnson likes to model himself on Winston Churchill but the comparison does not stand up to scrutiny and the conclusion of his Brexit deal [...]

Brexit as Tragedy of Errors

By |January 12th, 2021|

by Jaap Hoeksma Philosopher of law and director of Euroknow; Author of “The Case Bundesverfassungsgericht versus EU Court of Justice – Can the EU function as a democracy without forming a State?” In hindsight, Brexit bears all the hallmarks of [...]

Farewell to freedom of movement

By |January 6th, 2021|

This article was first published in The New European Free movement of people is one of the EU’s most celebrated achievements. According to the December Eurobarometer survey, 81% of Europeans think free movement has benefitted [...]

Brexit: Fishing for reality

By |January 5th, 2021|

by Richard Carden Richard Carden is a retired senior civil servant who has worked at top level in the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, the Department of Trade and Industry and the European Commission.   [...]

The Brexit Deal’s Shades of Grey

By |January 5th, 2021|

Jasper Fforde’s dystopian novel, “Shades of Grey”, set in a distant future where social class in the UK is determined by how many colours a person visually perceives, has certain uncanny parallels with today’s political [...]