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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 [...]

14 07, 2020

The German Presidency is a time of hope for the EU

By |2020-07-14T11:46:11+00:00July 14th, 2020|Categories: Coronavirus, EU Policies & Institutions, Europe, Future of Europe|Tags: , , , , |

Charles Michel, President of the European Council; Angela Merkel, German Federal Chancellor on 8th July 2020. Copyright: European Union   "The EU was born out of catastrophe and has advanced through crisis," wrote Martin Wolf, venerable economics commentator at the Financial Times, on June 2. It's a common [...]

8 07, 2020

The financial sector after the transition period – will it get a meaningful equivalence?

By |2020-07-08T11:22:12+00:00July 8th, 2020|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Trade & Financial services|Tags: , , |

The first of the newly scheduled  weekly talks between the UK and EU teams on a trade deal by the end of the transition period  (31st December 2020) finished early last week, sending warning signals to those hoping for some breakthrough.  Time is running out. Prime Minister Johnson has rejected [...]

2 07, 2020

In a mad Brexit world, “no deal” makes some kind of sense

By |2020-08-06T10:58:59+00:00July 2nd, 2020|Categories: Brexit, Europe|Tags: , |

The Conservative government has been surprisingly successful in avoiding public discussion of the disappearance on 30th June of its option to ask for an extension of the EU transition period beyond the end of the year. Controversy about the shake-up of the civil service and further Covid-19 cases in Leicester [...]

23 06, 2020

Why Putin wanted Johnson to Win Brexit and end up in No 10

By |2020-06-23T17:11:21+00:00June 23rd, 2020|Categories: Brexit, Europe|Tags: , |

The Report Downing Street Wants to Bury   by Denis MacShane Former Minister for Europe. His latest book Brexiternity. The Uncertain Fate of Britain is published by IB Tauris-Bloomsbury   There is a ticking time-bomb that keeps Boris Johnson awake. It connects the prime minister’s finest hour with Vladimir Putin’s [...]

23 06, 2020

Why are we taking down statues and what does this tell us about who we Europeans are?

By |2020-06-23T11:50:44+00:00June 23rd, 2020|Categories: Europe, Migration & Identity|Tags: , |

The explosion of rage that followed the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis has created a domino effect with statues being toppled around the world including here in Europe.   Churchill’s statue on Parliament Square ended up in a makeshift wooden shed for protection. It was only released when Emmanuel [...]

19 06, 2020

L’homme du 18 Juin

By |2020-07-13T11:38:21+00:00June 19th, 2020|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Europe|Tags: , |

Picture supplied by private source.   Yesterday’s summit between the Prime Minister and President Macron, on the margins of the latter’s visit to celebrate the 80th anniversary of General De Gaulle’s broadcast from London in 1940 announcing his resolution to continue fighting in the name of France, thereby [...]