About Brendan Donnelly

Director, The Federal Trust; Former MEP (1994-1999)
10 12, 2020

Brexit: No trade-offs means no deal

By |2020-12-11T16:13:07+00:00December 10th, 2020|Categories: Blog, Brexit, Europe, Europe|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

The dinner between Boris Johnson and Ursula von der Leyen on 9th December seems to have done little to improve the chances of an agreement on EU/UK trading relations before the end of the transition period. Both sides have interest in achieving such an agreement and it would be premature [...]

26 11, 2020

Video podcast: Johnson’s Brexit Dilemma – No good outcome in sight

By |2020-11-26T14:44:56+00:00November 26th, 2020|Categories: Brexit, Video|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Watch our Director Brendan Donnelly discussing why the choice which Johnson now faces between a poor Brexit "deal" and "no deal" are a fitting climax to the chaotic and incoherent Brexit process:   You can also read his  blog on this topic here: Johnson’s Brexit Dilemma: No good outcome in sight [...]

25 11, 2020

Johnson’s Brexit Dilemma: No good outcome in sight

By |2020-11-25T13:04:12+00:00November 25th, 2020|Categories: Brexit, Devolution, Europe, Europe|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Shortly after the EU referendum of 2016, a “former Conservative minister” supposedly remarked that Brexit would force the Conservative Party to choose between destroying the country and destroying itself. Both the attribution and exact wording of this epigram may be questioned, but precisely this choice is the dilemma with which [...]

20 11, 2020

The UK will never be ready for Brexit

By |2020-11-20T13:52:03+00:00November 20th, 2020|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Europe, Trade|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

The National Audit Office released last week a report on preparations for the end of the transition period after Brexit. The report was critical of the government for the inadequacy of these preparations and in particular for its failure to foresee and respond to the predictable administrative consequences of Brexit. [...]

9 11, 2020

Video podcast: The UK will never be ready for Brexit

By |2020-11-14T13:16:50+00:00November 9th, 2020|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Trade, Video|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Federal Trust Director Brendan Donnelly discusses the preparations for the end of the Brexit transition period and argues that the UK will never be "ready for Brexit": You can also read Brendan's blog on this topic on the LSE Brexit Blog.

22 10, 2020

A Difficult Choice for Johnson: A Brexit deal or no deal

By |2020-11-14T12:42:26+00:00October 22nd, 2020|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Europe|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

News that the Brexit talks were to be resumed sent the external value of the pound back up again. Political commentators, especially in the UK, began to predict the relatively rapid conclusion of an agreement on future trade relations between the UK and the EU. They pointed in particular to [...]

29 09, 2020

Brexit: The worst is yet to come

By |2020-10-27T15:31:23+00:00September 29th, 2020|Categories: Brexit, Europe|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Barry Davis / CC BY In recent weeks Michael Gove has admitted to the House of Commons that the end of the transition period could lead next year to queues of “up to 7000 HGVs in Kent” and that a system of “Kent Access Permits” would be necessary [...]

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 [...]

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