13 04, 2021

Labour, Brexit and the constitution: Waiting for the dog to bark

By |2021-04-13T13:19:30+00:00April 13th, 2021|Categories: Blog, Brexit, Europe, UK Constitution|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The UK faces various serious difficulties at present that share a common cause. Brexit does not explain each of them in its entirety. But it is fundamental to an understanding of them all. There is already clear evidence of departure from the EU’s inflicting substantial economic damage on the UK. [...]

24 03, 2021

Turing’s one-way street does not match the Erasmus highway

By |2021-03-24T12:32:16+00:00March 24th, 2021|Categories: Blog, Brexit, Europe|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

by Dr Hywel Ceri Jones Hywel Ceri Jones was the EU Commission’s Director for Education, Training and Youth when Erasmus was founded in 1987.   This article was first published by Yorkshire Bylines. Internationally, there is widespread recognition for the impressive reputation and record of the EU’s Erasmus Plus programme as a [...]

23 03, 2021

Does the Integrated Review Make Sense?

By |2021-03-23T15:56:08+00:00March 23rd, 2021|Categories: Blog, Brexit, Europe, Foreign Policy & Defence|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

The government’s new Integrated Review is by and large an unimpressive document. It is long and repetitive, with for example the phrase “S&T a core skill” appearing 48 times. It is intellectually self-contradictory in its constant tension between Britain’s post Brexit “independence” and the need for multilateralism. It is work [...]

3 03, 2021

Federalism for the United Kingdom: an answer that raises questions

By |2021-03-04T11:21:22+00:00March 3rd, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Devolution, Federalism, Federalism, Scotland, UK Constitution, UK Devolution|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Federalism is best defined as a system in which constitutional authority is divided between a ‘federal’ tier of government and a set of territorial ‘states’. It is a comprehensive and symmetrical model in which the entirety (or almost the entirety) of the country is covered by states, which have identical [...]

26 02, 2021

The European Union: From organisation ‘sui generis’ to democratic regional organisation

By |2021-02-26T12:08:00+00:00February 26th, 2021|Categories: EU Policies & Institutions, Europe, Future of Europe, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , , |

The author wishes to dedicate the present essay to the memory of the ever inspiring Michael Burgess, in live Founder and Director of the Centre for Federal Studies at the University of Kent.   For decades, it has been common practice in academic circles to refer to the EU as [...]

26 02, 2021

The UK’s European and Constitutional Challenges Collide

By |2021-02-26T11:03:50+00:00February 26th, 2021|Categories: Blog, Brexit, Devolution, Europe, Scotland, UK Constitution, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

The UK’s politics failed in the face of Brexit for a mixture of reasons. There were three main causes. First, the ideology and dishonesty at the heart of the pro-Brexiters’ campaigning was, and remains, central. Second, Labour’s opposition to Brexit foundered on internal splits and a leader, Jeremy Corbyn, who [...]

26 01, 2021

Exiting Erasmus is an avoidable mistake

By |2021-03-24T12:27:27+00:00January 26th, 2021|Categories: Brexit, EU Policies & Institutions, Europe, Europe|Tags: , , , , , , , |

by Dr Hywel Ceri Jones Hywel Ceri Jones was the EU Commission’s Director for Education, Training and Youth when Erasmus was founded in 1987. This article was first published by Yorkshire Bylines.   There is growing momentum behind the campaign to reverse the UK Government’s decision to exit the European Union’s Erasmus programme, [...]

12 01, 2021

Brexit as Tragedy of Errors

By |2021-01-12T12:41:09+00:00January 12th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

by Jaap Hoeksma Philosopher of law and director of Euroknow; Author of “The Case Bundesverfassungsgericht versus EU Court of Justice – Can the EU function as a democracy without forming a State?” In hindsight, Brexit bears all the hallmarks of a tragedy of errors. As from Thatcher’s Bruges speech in 1988, British politicians have been [...]

12 01, 2021

Britain As A Neutral State? Britain’s Defence Dilemmas post Brexit

By |2021-01-12T12:24:35+00:00January 12th, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Europe, Foreign Policy & Defence, Global|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

“We are experiencing the brain death of NATO” argued President Macron of France after a meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in Paris, November 28, 2019. Britain’s decision on a future defence strategy appears to contain the seeds of further confusion and torpor, particularly as the country becomes more [...]