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18 07, 2018

Mrs May has no choice but to obey Jacob Rees-Mogg

By |2018-07-18T09:46:33+00:00July 18th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Europe|Tags: , , , , , , |

by Brendan Donnelly, Director, The Federal Trust 18th July 2018   The Conservative MP, Anna Soubry, stunned the Commons and the media earlier this week by asking rhetorically whether it is the Prime Minister or her fellow backbencher Jacob Rees-Mogg who “runs the country” when it comes to Brexit. The [...]

18 05, 2018

Brexit: A “meaningful” vote for MPs implies a “meaningful” vote for the people

By |2018-05-18T10:34:09+00:00May 18th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Europe|Tags: , , , , , |

by Brendan Donnelly, Director, The Federal Trust 18th May 2018   The Conservative Cabinet has spent the past month in public controversy about the customs regime to be applied on the island of Ireland after Brexit. It is widely recognised that neither of the two favoured solutions canvassed within the [...]

23 04, 2018

Brexit: Anything could happen in the next half year

By |2018-04-23T11:47:00+00:00April 23rd, 2018|Categories: Blog, Europe|Tags: , , , , , |

By Brendan Donnelly Director, The Federal Trust     23rd April 2018   Last week saw two potentially important developments in the continuing campaign against Brexit. There was a significant defeat for the government in the House of Lords on the subject of the Customs Union (CU); and a coalition [...]

27 03, 2018

Labour’s Brexit Options: Starmer’s Step in the Right Direction

By |2018-03-27T12:42:48+00:00March 27th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Europe|Tags: , , , , |

  By Brendan Donnelly Director, The Federal Trust   27th March 2018   Last week was a difficult period for those inclined to argue that the Labour Party is or may become an effective political vehicle for opposition to Brexit. To the applause of John Redwood, Jeremy Corbyn dismissed Owen [...]

14 03, 2018

Brexit and the Withdrawal Bill: a multi-player game?

By |2018-03-14T12:25:00+00:00March 14th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Europe|Tags: , , , , , |

by Dr Andrew Blick, Senior Lecturer in Politics and Contemporary History, King’s College London; Senior Research Fellow, The Federal Trust   14th March 2018 Through its insistence on leaving the European Union (EU), the Theresa May government has created an immense challenge for itself. The task is one of immense [...]

3 03, 2018

Is Brexit worth it, Prime Minister?

By |2018-03-05T12:13:09+00:00March 3rd, 2018|Categories: Blog, Europe|Tags: , , , , , |

by Brendan Donnelly Director, The Federal Trust 3rd March 2018   After her speech yesterday about the Brexit negotiations, the Prime Minister was asked by a German journalist whether she thought Brexit was worth all the effort and disruption it entailed. Although British withdrawal from the EU is probably the [...]

24 01, 2018

The case for a new British referendum on the EU is becoming unstoppable

By |2018-02-02T13:01:27+00:00January 24th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Europe|Tags: , , , |

by Brendan Donnelly, Director, The Federal Trust 24th January 2018   In recent weeks, there has been widespread discussion of the possibility of a new referendum later in the year to endorse or reject the terms negotiated by Mrs May and her government for British withdrawal from the European Union. [...]

19 12, 2017

Brexit is a blank sheet of paper that can never be filled in

By |2017-12-19T12:14:05+00:00December 19th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Europe|Tags: , , , , |

by Brendan Donnelly, Director, The Federal Trust 19th December 2017   The frenzied negotiations to conclude the first phase of Brexit negotiations have usefully clarified the real choices faced by the British government in the second phase. The ambiguous and variously defined terms “soft” and “hard” Brexit have outlived their usefulness. [...]

19 12, 2017

Grade inflation? Brexit and Canada+++

By |2017-12-19T12:06:00+00:00December 19th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Europe|Tags: , , , , |

By Dr Andrew Blick, Senior Lecturer in Politics and Contemporary History, King’s College London; Senior Research Fellow at the Federal Trust 19th December 2017   The Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, David Davis, has described his plans for a future trading arrangement with the EU as ‘Canada [...]