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Recent Commentaries
Europe and the UK after Brexit: Newsletter December 2021


VIDEO: Brexit – Macron’s Vision and the Northern Ireland Protocol

In this new Federal Trust video Brendan Donnelly and John Stevens discuss the speech of President Macron to the European Parliament and its possible implications for relations between the UK and the European Union. They also discuss the likely outcome of the current negotiations on the Northern Ireland protocol and [...]

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A Design for Modern Britain: Confederal Federalism

By |May 13th, 2022|

by Glyndwr Cennydd Jones In recent years, the national borders extant within these isles have been reaffirmed through Brexit and the Covid-19 pandemic. Further, the trend for significant divergence in policy stances across the various [...]

Celebrating Europe Day 2022

By |May 9th, 2022|

Against all odds, the Conference on the Future of Europe has shown that it is quite possible for the EU to function as a European democracy of states and citizens. In the process the European [...]

Spinelli, me and my honeymoon

By |May 5th, 2022|

by Dr Alan Hick Dr Hick is a Board Member of New Europeans International and a former senior official at the European Economic and Social Committee 1st May 2022 This article has been reproduced with [...]

VIDEO: The Monetary Consequences of Mr Putin

By |April 28th, 2022|

In this video, the chairman of the Federal Trust, John Stevens, speaks with Luke Gromen about the monetary consequences of the war in Ukraine, and whether the steps taken by both the West and Russia [...]

VIDEO: Northern Ireland, Elections and Brexit

By |April 22nd, 2022|

In this new video our Director Brendan Donnelly and Council member John Palmer discuss the forthcoming elections in Northern Ireland and their likely implications for the Northern Ireland Protocol and relations with the rest of the island of Ireland. [...]

VIDEO: Partygate is Brexit in Microcosm

By |April 1st, 2022|

In this video, our Director Brendan Donnelly and Chairman John Stevens discuss Partygate and its possible implications for the next General Election. They fear that the dysfunction introduced into the British political system by Brexit [...]

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