4 05, 2021

Building Bridges in times of Divergence

By |2021-05-04T15:10:19+00:00May 4th, 2021|Categories: Brexit, EU Policies & Institutions, Europe, Future of Europe|Tags: , , , , , , |

Within ten days after the finalisation of the UK withdrawal from the EU, the European Union is to start an ambitious Conference on the Future of Europe. The aim of the Conference is to discuss the place of the citizens in the construction of the Union and to underpin European [...]

23 04, 2021

Video: The End of the United Kingdom? It may come sooner than we think

By |2021-04-23T13:56:40+00:00April 23rd, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Devolution, Federalism, Scotland, UK Constitution, Video|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

In this video, our Council member John Palmer and Senior Research Fellow Dr Andrew Blick discuss the threats to the internal cohesion of the United Kingdom arising from Brexit and Covid-19. They believe in particular that it will be difficult to avoid holding a second referendum on independence for Scotland. [...]

23 04, 2021

100 Days of Brexit – the Phoney War Against Europe

By |2021-04-23T10:47:08+00:00April 23rd, 2021|Categories: Blog, Brexit, Europe, Trade, Trade & Financial services|Tags: , , , , , , |

The first months of Brexit are a bit like the phoney war of autumn 1939 and winter-spring of 1940. No-one really know what its full impact will be. One thing is certain. Brexit has not been “done”. We are entering the era of “Brexiternity”. In so many ways Brexit is [...]

21 04, 2021

A United Ireland – An Empty Slogan?

By |2021-04-21T11:56:01+00:00April 21st, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Europe, UK Devolution|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

In May 2021 Northern Ireland will mark the hundredth year of its existence. These years have been marked by long periods of turmoil rather than any sense of contentment or stability. There has been and remains an atmosphere of unease. Governments in Northern Ireland have been marked  by periods of [...]

19 04, 2021

Video: Brexit and the City of London: April 2021 Update

By |2021-04-19T14:45:31+00:00April 19th, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Trade, Trade & Financial services, Video|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Our Council member Graham Bishop provides an update on the Brexit 'hit' to the City of London, following his recent and well-received blog and video conversation with the Director of the Federal Trust, Brendan Donnelly, on "Brexit: Ending the City’s Dominance of European Finance?". In this April video update, he [...]

13 04, 2021

Labour, Brexit and the constitution: Waiting for the dog to bark

By |2021-04-13T13:19:30+00:00April 13th, 2021|Categories: Blog, Brexit, Europe, UK Constitution|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The UK faces various serious difficulties at present that share a common cause. Brexit does not explain each of them in its entirety. But it is fundamental to an understanding of them all. There is already clear evidence of departure from the EU’s inflicting substantial economic damage on the UK. [...]

30 03, 2021

Video: The fallout from Brexit continues

By |2021-03-30T16:44:08+00:00March 30th, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Scotland, Video|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

In this new video, our Chairman, John Stevens, and Director, Brendan Donnelly, discuss the post-Brexit state of UK/EU relations. They argue that the present British government will generally seek  a confrontational relationship with the EU over the coming months. This confrontation will be a source of instability in Northern Ireland and encourage the forces [...]

26 03, 2021

From fishing fleets to breweries, companies in the north-east face ruin under the Brexit deal

By |2021-03-26T13:12:47+00:00March 26th, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Trade, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

by Baroness Quin The Rt Hon. Baroness Joyce Quin is a member of the House of Lords.  She previously served in both the European Parliament and the House of Commons where she was MP for Gateshead. She was a government minister between 1997 and 2001 including being Minister for Europe. [...]

24 03, 2021

Turing’s one-way street does not match the Erasmus highway

By |2021-03-24T12:32:16+00:00March 24th, 2021|Categories: Blog, Brexit, Europe|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

by Dr Hywel Ceri Jones Hywel Ceri Jones was the EU Commission’s Director for Education, Training and Youth when Erasmus was founded in 1987.   This article was first published by Yorkshire Bylines. Internationally, there is widespread recognition for the impressive reputation and record of the EU’s Erasmus Plus programme as a [...]

23 03, 2021

Does the Integrated Review Make Sense?

By |2021-03-23T15:56:08+00:00March 23rd, 2021|Categories: Blog, Brexit, Europe, Foreign Policy & Defence|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

The government’s new Integrated Review is by and large an unimpressive document. It is long and repetitive, with for example the phrase “S&T a core skill” appearing 48 times. It is intellectually self-contradictory in its constant tension between Britain’s post Brexit “independence” and the need for multilateralism. It is work [...]