10 12, 2020

Brexit: No trade-offs means no deal

By |2020-12-11T16:13:07+00:00December 10th, 2020|Categories: Blog, Brexit, Europe, Europe|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

The dinner between Boris Johnson and Ursula von der Leyen on 9th December seems to have done little to improve the chances of an agreement on EU/UK trading relations before the end of the transition period. Both sides have interest in achieving such an agreement and it would be premature [...]

9 12, 2020

The No Deal Brexit Terminology

By |2020-12-10T14:50:43+00:00December 9th, 2020|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Europe|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Republished with kind permission by Jon Worth from his Euroblog. Image copyright: A nightmare before Brexit! by duncan c, licensed under creative commons licence CC BY-NC 2.0   OK, I might be jumping the gun – there may yet be a Deal between Britain and the EU – but as a result [...]

4 12, 2020

Brexit and the decline of democracy

By |2020-12-04T13:53:37+00:00December 4th, 2020|Categories: Brexit, Coronavirus, Devolution, Europe, Europe, Federalism, Federalism, UK Constitution, UK Devolution|Tags: , , , , , , |

“The fabric of democracy is always fragile everywhere because it depends on the will of citizens to protect it, and when they become scared, when it becomes dangerous for them to defend it, it can go very quickly.” (Margaret Atwood) The deadline for ending the “transitional” arrangements for Britain’s relations [...]

2 12, 2020

The ECB’s Mandate: Wider Perspectives on European Union Monetary Policies

By |2020-12-02T12:48:59+00:00December 2nd, 2020|Categories: EU Policies & Institutions, Europe|Tags: , , , , , |

by Dr Michael Lloyd Michael Lloyd is Associate Director and Senior Research Fellow at the Global Policy Institute.     One of the first acts of Christine Lagarde when she became President of the European Central Bank (ECB) in 2019 was to announce a review of its Treaty Mandate and [...]

25 11, 2020

Johnson’s Brexit Dilemma: No good outcome in sight

By |2020-11-25T13:04:12+00:00November 25th, 2020|Categories: Brexit, Devolution, Europe, Europe|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Shortly after the EU referendum of 2016, a “former Conservative minister” supposedly remarked that Brexit would force the Conservative Party to choose between destroying the country and destroying itself. Both the attribution and exact wording of this epigram may be questioned, but precisely this choice is the dilemma with which [...]

23 11, 2020

The Arrow of Time and Brexit

By |2020-11-24T09:18:15+00:00November 23rd, 2020|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Europe|Tags: , , , , , |

“Time is running short.” This refrain was first expressed in June by Prime Minister Johnson and Commission President von der Leyen in their conference call, supposedly with the aim of  injecting urgency into the ongoing UK/EU negotiations on their future relations after the end of the Transition Period. It has [...]

20 11, 2020

The UK will never be ready for Brexit

By |2020-11-20T13:52:03+00:00November 20th, 2020|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Europe, Trade|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

The National Audit Office released last week a report on preparations for the end of the transition period after Brexit. The report was critical of the government for the inadequacy of these preparations and in particular for its failure to foresee and respond to the predictable administrative consequences of Brexit. [...]

19 11, 2020

Biden changes the Brexit options

By |2020-11-20T12:04:15+00:00November 19th, 2020|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Global, Trade|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Biden and the U.S. Congress are dead set against a no-deal Brexit. The Irish lobby isn’t just strong at this time; Biden as an Irish Catholic fully identifies with it. They will not give the UK a trade deal unless the agreement with the EU on Northern Ireland is fully [...]

16 11, 2020

Brexit and European Solidarity – A Further Dimension

By |2020-11-16T14:11:50+00:00November 16th, 2020|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Europe|Tags: , , , , , , |

by David Quinn Former international civil servant   One of the assumptions underlying the Brexiteers approach to Brexit has been the firm conviction that the UK, the world’s 5th largest economy, would have no difficulty in imposing a trade deal on the EU which would permit the country to maintain [...]

16 11, 2020

Ireland: A shared island – Brexit and a Celtic future ?

By |2020-11-16T12:35:35+00:00November 16th, 2020|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Europe, UK Devolution|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

An atmosphere of crisis in Ireland north and south is dominating discussions of the future among seasoned observers and commentators there. It is occasioned by the impending decision on Brexit due to be made shortly ahead of the end of the transition period on 31 December. While the wider public [...]