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28 03, 2019

Only a national government can prevent “no deal” Brexit

By |2019-04-01T09:25:22+00:00March 28th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Europe|Tags: , , , , |

by Brendan DonnellyDirector, The Federal Trust 28th March 2019 At the time of writing it seems unlikely that the Withdrawal Agreement will be accepted by Parliament on 29th March, the day originally set for the UK to leave the EU. Parliament has decided that in these circumstances it will hold [...]

18 03, 2019

BREXIT: “No Deal” is still on the table

By |2019-03-25T10:52:06+00:00March 18th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Europe|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

by Brendan DonnellyDirector, The Federal Trust 18th March 2019 UPDATE 25/03/19:Last week the European Council gave the United Kingdom two further weeks to come up with a plan for avoiding a “no deal” Brexit. It is now up to Parliament to adopt such a plan and make the government adopt [...]

8 03, 2019

Parliament: sovereign or supine?

By |2019-04-10T08:39:22+00:00March 8th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Europe|Tags: , , |

by Dr Andrew BlickSenior Lecturer in Politics and Contemporary History at King’s College London; Senior Research Fellow at the Federal Trust 8th March 2019 Parliament, it might be tempting to believe, can now seize control of the Brexit agenda. But a closer examination of the present political environment reveals a picture less flattering to the heart of [...]

25 02, 2019

Parliament on the brink of Brexit: meaningful or meaningless?

By |2019-02-26T11:54:44+00:00February 25th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Europe|Tags: , , , , , |

by Dr Andrew BlickSenior Lecturer in Politics and Contemporary History at King’s College London; Senior Research Fellow at the Federal Trust 26th February 2019 It is an irony frequently remarked upon that the Brexit process, though embarked upon partly in the name of the sovereignty of Parliament, has seen this institution [...]

20 02, 2019

Parliamentary Control of Brexit is Easier Said Than Done

By |2019-02-22T10:25:41+00:00February 20th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Europe|Tags: , , , , , , , |

by Brendan DonnellyDirector, The Federal Trust 20th February 2019 A frequent criticism of the Prime Minister is that she prematurely triggered the Article 50 negotiations in March 2017 and did so without a realistic plan for their conduct. If she had waited longer and planned better, her critics contend, she [...]

1 02, 2019

Brexit: Will Parliament decide in February what it failed to decide in January?

By |2019-02-20T12:19:26+00:00February 1st, 2019|Categories: Blog, Europe|Tags: , , , , |

by Brendan DonnellyDirector, The Federal Trust 1st February 2019 Four conclusions emerge from the series of votes on Brexit in the House of Commons this week (29th January): • First, this government is so paralysed by internal division that it is incapable of pursuing any coherent policy in the negotiations. [...]

16 01, 2019

Brexit: Can Parliament take control?

By |2019-02-20T11:56:40+00:00January 16th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Europe|Tags: , , , , |

by Brendan DonnellyDirector, The Federal Trust 16th January 2019   A weakened Prime Minister It is significant and appropriate that the Conservative MPs who voted on 15th January against the Prime Minister’s Withdrawal Agreement from the European Union should have been drawn from opposing wings of her Party. While the [...]

17 12, 2018

Brexit: A national government or “no deal”

By |2019-01-16T13:28:14+00:00December 17th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Europe|Tags: , , , , |

Brexit: A national government or “no deal” by Brendan DonnellyDirector, The Federal Trust 18th December 2018 In a recent article for the New York Times, the distinguished historian of the Conservative Party, Professor Tim Bale, argued that the “will to power” of the Conservative Party would enable it in the [...]

28 11, 2018

Blame Brexit, not Theresa May

By |2018-11-29T08:29:52+00:00November 28th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Europe|Tags: , , , , , , |

Blame Brexit, not Theresa May 28th November 2018     by Brendan Donnelly Director, The Federal Trust   In the confused discussion surrounding the Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration negotiated by Mrs. May with the EU 27, two particular criticisms are frequently voiced. Mrs. May, we are told on all [...]