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25 09, 2020

The European Investment Bank: we will miss it when it is gone

By |2020-09-25T09:40:37+00:00September 25th, 2020|Categories: Brexit, EU Policies & Institutions, Europe|Tags: , , , , , |

Photo credit: European Investment Bank Authors: Sir Brian Unwin, former President of the European Investment Bank (1993 – 2000)     Professor Iain Begg, Academic co-Director of the Dahrendorf Forum at the London School of Economics and Political Science and Professor at the LSE’s European Institute     [...]

15 09, 2020

Brexit: The choices become clearer

By |2020-09-17T13:22:12+00:00September 15th, 2020|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Europe|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Mr Johnson’s decision last week to bring in a bill which will contravene a critical portion of the Withdrawal Agreement has at least had the merit of clarifying the real nature of Brexit and thus of the proper path by which it must be opposed. Former Prime Ministers John Major, [...]

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, [...]

2 09, 2020

Level Playing Field, Lopsided Logic?

By |2020-09-02T12:35:02+00:00September 2nd, 2020|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Trade, Trade & Financial services|Tags: , , , , |

When the United Kingdom (UK) finally left the European Union (EU) earlier this year, it did so on the basis of a Withdrawal Agreement, attached to which was a Political Declaration. This latter text included within it a shared goal of establishing a Free Trade Agreement (FTA). The two parties [...]

27 08, 2020

The Abbott’s tale

By |2020-08-27T14:17:10+00:00August 27th, 2020|Categories: Brexit, Europe|Tags: , , |

The Abbot(t)’s tale The Prime Minister, demonstrating an extraordinary vote of no confidence in Britain’s reserves of domestic talent, and perhaps an even more extraordinary insouciance towards the extremely technical nature of contemporary international commercial accords, reportedly intends to appoint the former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott to lead Britain’s [...]

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 [...]

24 07, 2020

Whatever the odds on undoing Brexit?

By |2020-07-24T07:50:47+00:00July 24th, 2020|Categories: Brexit, Europe|Tags: , , |

by Professor Richard Rose FBA University of Strathclyde; Visiting Fellow, European University Institute Florence; Fellow, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin; Author of How Referendums Challenge European Democracy: Brexit & Beyond (Palgrave, 2020)     In taking back all controls from the EU, Boris Johnson’s government has also taken full responsibility for what happens [...]

22 07, 2020

How far can the Northern Ireland Protocol limit Brexit’s economic damage?

By |2020-07-22T09:45:01+00:00July 22nd, 2020|Categories: Brexit, Devolution, Europe, Trade, Trade & Financial services, UK Devolution|Tags: , , |

Photo credit: Albert Bridge (Wikimedia Commons/ CC BY-SA 2.0)   The Brexit project entails much collateral damage. The most prominent potential victim of UK departure from the EU to date – though others will no doubt become increasingly difficult to ignore – has been the island of Ireland. [...]

21 07, 2020

Is the European Union finally moving to an economic – not just a monetary – Union?

By |2020-07-21T14:06:08+00:00July 21st, 2020|Categories: Brexit, Climate Change, Coronavirus, Europe, Future of Europe|Tags: , , |

Photo copyright: European Union     by John Palmer Formerly European Editor of The Guardian and Political Director of the European Policy Centre in Brussels     There is not much of a market just now for optimism about our economic, social, political or environmental future. In the [...]