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16 04, 2024

EVENT: A federal Canada and a federal Europe

By |2024-04-30T20:58:56+00:00April 16th, 2024|Categories: 2024, Europe, Federalism, Global, Past Events, UK|Tags: , , , |

30th April 2024 Hybrid event on Canadian federalism, jointly organised with Federal Union. The main speaker (via Zoom) was M. Jean Charest, former Premier of Quebec (2023-2012) and former Deputy Prime Minister of Canada (1993), who spoke on "Federal Reality in Canada", followed by a Q&A session. While his principal [...]

28 02, 2024

PODCAST: Brexit: Destroyer of the Conservative Party?

By |2024-02-28T16:01:30+00:00February 28th, 2024|Categories: Audio, Brexit|Tags: , , , , , |

In this new episode of the Federal Trust podcast, discuss the effects of Brexit on the internal cohesion of the Conservative Party. They argue that, while the referendum of 2016 was intended to heal Conservative divisions, Brexit has exacerbated divisions within the Party, probably irreparably. Listen to the podcast here [...]

4 01, 2024

‘What I want is a federalising Europe’: remembering Jacques Delors, a true EU champion

By |2024-01-04T18:02:30+00:00January 4th, 2024|Categories: EU Policies & Institutions, Europe, Federalism, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , |

by John Palmer Former European editor, The Guardian, and former Political Director of the European Policy Centre; Our Council member John Palmer looks back on the achievements of former President of the European Commission Jacques Delors, who has died aged 98. Read the article on the Observer website here   [...]

4 01, 2024

Can a new statecraft save the UK’s dysfunctional Union?

By |2024-01-04T17:31:58+00:00January 4th, 2024|Categories: Devolution, Federalism, UK, UK Constitution, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , , |

by Paul Gillespie Director of the ‘Constitutional Futures after Brexit project’ in the School of Politics and International Relations at UCD; columnist with The Irish Times and member of the IIEA’s UK Expert Group This paper aims to examine the state of the UK government in 2023, how it has progressed to [...]

21 11, 2023

VIDEO: The UK as seen from Wales

By |2023-11-21T16:13:39+00:00November 21st, 2023|Categories: Devolution, Federalism, Scotland, UK Constitution, Video|Tags: , , , , |

In this video the former First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones, discusses with Brendan Donnelly and Glyndwr Cennydd Jones current thinking in Wales on the UK’s constitutional future. All three participants drew attention to the apparent contradiction between claims of Welsh and Scottish sovereignty on the one hand and the [...]

20 11, 2023

Podcast: How Brexit Has Changed British Politics for Ever

By |2024-01-18T10:54:21+00:00November 20th, 2023|Categories: Audio, Brexit, Europe|

In this podcast, our Chairman John Stevens and Director Brendan Donnelly discuss the dismissal of Suella Braverman and the appointment of David Cameron. Does this represent a new political path for the Conservative Party and Rishi Sunak? Or is it simply the latest throw of the dice for a divided [...]

19 10, 2023

VIDEO: Is Brexit Threatening Our Food Security?

By |2023-10-19T14:51:07+00:00October 19th, 2023|Categories: Brexit, EU Policies & Institutions, Europe, Video|Tags: , , , , , , |

In this Federal Trust video, Liz Webster of Save British Farming, describes the illusions that led some farmers to vote for Brexit. These illusions are now being contradicted by reality. In a volatile world membership of the European Union was and would be again the best guarantee of a secure [...]

13 10, 2023

VIDEO: Local decisions are better decisions

By |2023-10-13T14:58:10+00:00October 13th, 2023|Categories: Devolution, Federalism, Scotland, UK, UK Constitution, Video|

In this Federal Trust video Professor Sam Whimster and Dr. Andrew Black argue in favour of a radical overhaul of the relationship between the central British government and regional/local authorities. In recent years, the UK has become a more centralised political system, not least through the financial dominance of the [...]

7 09, 2023

VIDEO: Join the Euro, Rejoin the EU

By |2023-09-07T18:30:24+00:00September 7th, 2023|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Video|Tags: , , , , |

In this video, our Director Brendan Donnelly and Chairman John Stevens argue that membership of the euro will be necessary to sustain the UK’s re-entry into the European Union after Brexit. They recognise that political leadership will be necessary for such a radical step to come about.  But they also argue [...]

31 08, 2023

EVENT: The EU in 2033

By |2023-10-23T15:05:01+00:00August 31st, 2023|Categories: 2023, Europe, Future of Europe, Global, Other, UK|Tags: , , |

21st October 2023 WHAT WILL THE EU LOOK LIKE IN 2033? Joint Conference by The Federal Trust and James Madison Charitable Trust The next decade is likely to see significant widening and deepening of the Union. Whether because of Brexit or because of external events, rapid reform for the EU, [...]

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