About Brendan Donnelly

Director, The Federal Trust; Former MEP (1994-1999)
14 01, 2022

VIDEO: “Brexit – What Rejoiners Can Learn from UKIP”

By |2022-01-14T15:16:11+00:00January 14th, 2022|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Video|Tags: , , , |

In this Federal Trust video, our Director Brendan Donnelly argues that opponents of Brexit have no reason to conceal their desire to rejoin the European Union. On the contrary, they can imitate the vigour and outspokenness of Brexit’s advocates in the first fifteen years of this century:    

19 11, 2021

Video: Brexit is the Project of a Ruthless Elite

By |2021-11-19T14:45:02+00:00November 19th, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Video|Tags: , , , , , , |

In this video, Federal Trust Director Brendan Donnelly argues that the economic and political problems generated by Brexit are of little concern to its leading sponsors. Their primary interest lies in rupturing the British connection to the European mainland as quickly and thoroughly as possible. The result is a debasement [...]

3 11, 2021

Brexit: A Strange Taboo 

By |2021-12-17T12:58:56+00:00November 3rd, 2021|Categories: Brexit, November 2021|Tags: , , , , , |

On 13th October, the Times columnist David Aaronovitch published an article entitled “Whisper it, but a pro-EU lobby is stirring.” Its tone is admittedly hesitant and conditional, with the title of the piece suggesting diffidence in putting forward a thesis unattractive to many readers. But it is difficult to believe [...]

7 10, 2021

Video: “The Brexit Taboo in British Politics”

By |2021-10-07T13:10:42+00:00October 7th, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Video|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

In this video, the Director of the Federal Trust, Brendan Donnelly, talks about the reluctance of British politicians to discuss Brexit honestly and seriously. In particular, he disagrees with those who wish to rejoin the EU but are afraid to say so. He argues that those who want the UK [...]

20 09, 2021

Brexit: Rejoiners should learn from Remainers

By |2021-12-17T10:28:30+00:00September 20th, 2021|Categories: Brexit, September 2021|Tags: , , , |

Many hoping the United Kingdom will rejoin the European Union one day advocate a gradualist strategy. It is futile, they argue, to rail against the principle of Brexit itself. In time, the economic disadvantages of Brexit will reveal themselves ever more plainly. This in turn will lead to pressure from [...]

23 07, 2021

Video: “Freedom Day, Cummings and Brexit – That Was the Week That Was”

By |2021-07-23T12:33:12+00:00July 23rd, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Coronavirus, Europe, Video|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The week beginning 19th July was an eventful one in British politics. Our Director Brendan Donnelly discusses Freedom Day, Dominic Cummings and the Northern Ireland Protocol. He concludes that Boris Johnson’s position is shakier than it seems. So is the future of the UK under Johnson’s Premiership:   Watch previous [...]

30 06, 2021

Video: “Brexit – So little said, so much to say”

By |2021-06-30T13:10:44+00:00June 30th, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Video|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

In this video, our Director Brendan Donnelly criticises the main British political parties for their reluctance to talk about Brexit. He thinks this reluctance stems primarily from calculations of political advantage. These calculations may however be mistaken. The Labour Party in particular may end up alienating all its potential supporters. [...]

14 04, 2021

Book Review: A European giant little known in the UK

By |2021-04-16T09:06:47+00:00April 14th, 2021|Categories: EU Policies & Institutions, Europe, Federalism, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , , , , |

Book Review by Brendan Donnelly, Director of The Federal Trust, of “Hitler's Cosmopolitan Bastard" by Dr Martyn Bond   Martyn Bond’s fascinating biography of Count Richard Coudenhove-Kalergi (RCK) can be read and enjoyed on a number of levels, as a biography of its subject, as a history of European politics [...]

12 02, 2021

Video: The economic disruption of Brexit

By |2021-02-12T14:38:07+00:00February 12th, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Video|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

In his latest video podcast, our Director Brendan Donnelly describes the economic disruption caused by Brexit, especially in Northern Ireland. He warns that attempts by the British government to divert attention from the economic problems of Brexit by stoking disputes with the EU about already signed treaties will be unsuccessful: [...]

22 01, 2021

Video podcast: Brexit can’t work

By |2021-01-22T13:59:50+00:00January 22nd, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Video|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

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 EU should start making the intellectual for this now:     Click here to read [...]

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