22 10, 2020

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

By |2020-10-23T14:36:11+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 [...]

13 10, 2020

Germany’s miles better…

By |2020-10-13T15:25:00+00:00October 13th, 2020|Categories: Europe, Europe, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , |

This article was first published on Sceptical Scot. Thirty years ago, on October 3 1990, I was standing among a million people in front of the Reichstag building in Berlin observing and reporting on the ceremonies celebrating the rebirth of a united Germany. A streaker briefly interrupted the profoundly good-natured, [...]

13 10, 2020

Brexit: removing the connective tissue of the United Kingdom?

By |2020-10-13T11:58:53+00:00October 13th, 2020|Categories: Brexit, Devolution, Europe, Europe, Federalism, Federalism, Scotland, UK Constitution, UK Devolution|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The United Kingdom (UK) and what is now the European Union (EU) were intertwined for nearly half a century. Consequently, Brexit means more than the UK removing itself from the EU. It involves extracting the EU from the UK. The four years after the EU referendum of 23 June 2016 [...]

8 10, 2020

Brexit meets European solidarity

By |2020-10-09T12:22:25+00:00October 8th, 2020|Categories: Brexit, EU Policies & Institutions, Europe|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Photo credit: European Commission This excerpt is a preview of the book "Solidarity and the Future of Europe" that will be released in 2021 as part of the TEPSA book series “The Future of Europe: views from the Capitals”. A recurrent claim of the Leave campaign during the [...]

2 10, 2020

EU-UK talks look like “tunnelling” toward a fudged deal

By |2020-10-09T11:46:02+00:00October 2nd, 2020|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Trade, Trade & Financial services|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Will there be a No Deal Brexit or a Free Trade Agreement, of some kind, by 15th October 2020?  This was the date by which UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson insisted an accord should be reached or, as he put it, Britain would simply walk away. Regaining British sovereignty? Given [...]

1 10, 2020

Don’t just blame Johnson, blame the Brexit he enabled

By |2020-10-09T11:24:51+00:00October 1st, 2020|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Europe|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Photo credit: Steve Nimmons / CC BY There is a celebrated passage in Marcel Proust’s “Sodom and Gomorrah” where the narrator sums up the nature of a character, Charles Morel, who in some sense encapsulates all that is vile in the values of his milieu. Morel, we are [...]

29 09, 2020

Brexit: The worst is yet to come

By |2020-10-09T11:16:28+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 [...]

29 09, 2020

Brexit and Northern Ireland – a Different United Kingdom

By |2020-10-09T11:08:56+00:00September 29th, 2020|Categories: Brexit, Devolution, Europe, UK Devolution|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

by Geoffrey Martin Geoff Martin was the inaugural head of the European Commission Office in Northern Ireland 1979 – 1984, and was later Head of the European Commission Representation in the UK, 1993 – 2002.   Northern Ireland will mark 100 years of its existence on the 3rd of May [...]

29 09, 2020

In search of equivalence – why “no-deal” would be bad for the financial sector, on both sides of the channel

By |2020-10-09T10:52:12+00:00September 29th, 2020|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Trade & Financial services|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

With the deadline for a deal being reached now centring around the 15th October European Council meeting, there are some signs of greater willingness to compromise on the two major issues of fishing rights and state aid.  If that is so it may also pave the way to making progress [...]

25 09, 2020

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

By |2020-10-09T10:36:54+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     [...]