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Brendan Donnelly

About Brendan Donnelly

Director, The Federal Trust; Former MEP (1994-1999)
9 09, 2020

Brexit: Little lies have long legs

By |2020-09-17T14:42:32+00:00September 9th, 2020|Categories: Brexit, Europe|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

One of the more optimistic interpretations placed by some commentators on Boris Johnson’s crushing victory in the General Election last year was that his new large majority would make it easier for him to negotiate rapidly and effectively with the European Union in 2020. His large majority, it was hoped, [...]

25 08, 2020

“NO DEAL” BREXIT:AN ACCIDENT WAITING TO HAPPEN

By |2020-09-17T14:17:58+00:00August 25th, 2020|Categories: Blog, EU Policies & Institutions, Europe, Europe, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

“NO DEAL” BREXIT: AN ACCIDENT WAITING TO HAPPEN In an interesting article in this weekend’s Sunday Times, its political correspondent Tim Shipman warns that the chances of a “no deal” Brexit are higher than usually assumed. He attributes this risk largely to misunderstandings by the EU and UK of each [...]

6 08, 2020

Brexit: Eurosceptics don’t like what they voted for

By |2020-09-02T11:21:43+00:00August 6th, 2020|Categories: Brexit, Europe|Tags: , , , |

MPs pass Second Reading of the Withdrawal Agreement Bill on 19th December 2019 (parliamentary copyright images are reproduced with the permission of Parliament)   A recent incident illuminates, as few events have since 2016, the moral and intellectual chaos into which Brexit has (predictably) fallen over the past [...]

2 07, 2020

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

By |2020-08-06T10:58:59+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 [...]