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Brendan Donnelly

About Brendan Donnelly

Director, The Federal Trust; Former MEP (1994-1999)
2 07, 2020

In a mad Brexit world, “no deal” makes some kind of sense

By |2020-07-06T06:15:56+00:00July 2nd, 2020|Categories: Brexit, Europe|Tags: , , |

The Conservative government has been surprisingly successful in avoiding public discussion of the disappearance on 30th June of its option to ask for an extension of the EU transition period beyond the end of the year. Controversy about the shake-up of the civil service and further Covid-19 cases in Leicester [...]

4 06, 2020

Brexit: How “No Deal” became the bookies’ favourite

By |2020-07-02T16:35:07+00:00June 4th, 2020|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Europe|Tags: , , |

Many commentators and political actors have only recently begun to take seriously the possibility that the “transition period” for the UK’s exit from the European Union will end on 31st December 2020 without an agreement on the future EU/UK trading relationship. There was, however, always good reason to expect such [...]

6 05, 2020

Brexit, Transition and Ireland

By |2020-06-04T15:53:11+00:00May 6th, 2020|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Europe|Tags: , , , , |

by Brendan DonnellyDirector, The Federal Trust 6th May 2020 Eight months before the end of the transition period the British government seems intent upon two courses of action which will exacerbate the inevitable political and economic damage to the United Kingdom when it finally withdraws from the European treaties. The [...]

15 04, 2020

Brexit: Transition in a time of pandemic

By |2020-06-04T16:28:31+00:00April 15th, 2020|Categories: Brexit, Coronavirus, Europe, Europe|Tags: , , , , , |

by Brendan DonnellyDirector, The Federal Trust 15th April 2020 Michel Barnier and David Frost are due to resume today (15th April) their negotiations interrupted by the Coronavirus. If Brexit were a project built on rational economic or political foundations, the British government would by now have sought an extension of [...]

14 02, 2020

Brexit: The British government starts to recognise reality

By |2020-06-04T09:19:53+00:00February 14th, 2020|Categories: Brexit, Europe|Tags: , , , , , , |

by Brendan DonnellyDirector, The Federal Trust 14th February 2020 Michael Gove’s acknowledgement that trade between the UK and the EU after 1st January 2021 will be far from frictionless is a watershed in the Brexit process. The claim that Brexit would not significantly impinge upon British trade with the European [...]