28 07, 2022

A Strategic Compromise

By |2022-07-28T12:06:27+00:00July 28th, 2022|Categories: Devolution, Federalism, Scotland, UK Constitution, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , , , |

This is an updated version of an article which first appeared on the website of the Institute of Welsh Affairs on 29th March 2022.   With Nicola Sturgeon having recently addressed the Scottish Parliament about her plans for a second independence referendum, and the Commission on the Constitutional Future of Wales, established by the Welsh [...]

14 07, 2022

Boris Johnson – A failed Caesar?

By |2022-07-19T16:39:57+00:00July 14th, 2022|Categories: Brexit, Federalism, UK Constitution, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , , , |

Boris Johnson has resigned as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, though at the time of writing (14 July 2022) he has not relinquished office. His defiance in his resignation oration at the podium outside No 10 and, the day before, in the House of Commons provides clear evidence of [...]

4 07, 2022

Getting Brexit Undone

By |2022-07-04T11:59:15+00:00July 4th, 2022|Categories: Blog, Brexit, Europe, Reports & Policy Briefs, UK, UK Constitution|Tags: , , , , , |

  Getting Brexit Undone by Professor Andrew Blick 4th July 2022   DOWNLOAD THE REPORT HERE Executive Summary Acceptance is growing that Brexit is a source of considerable harm to the UK. Even among supporters of leaving who remain committed to their cause, there is recognition of serious problems connected [...]

4 07, 2022

EU Court abandons Westphalian system

By |2022-07-04T10:51:33+00:00July 4th, 2022|Categories: Brexit, EU Policies & Institutions, Europe, Federalism, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , , |

The verdicts of the EU Court of Justice (ECJ) in the cases of Poland and Hungary concerning the rule of law, which have been delivered on 16 February, are not only consequential for the functioning of the EU but also shed new light on the relation between the UK and [...]

13 05, 2022

A Design for Modern Britain: Confederal Federalism

By |2022-05-13T13:17:35+00:00May 13th, 2022|Categories: Devolution, Federalism, Scotland, UK Constitution, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , , , |

by Glyndwr Cennydd Jones In recent years, the national borders extant within these isles have been reaffirmed through Brexit and the Covid-19 pandemic. Further, the trend for significant divergence in policy stances across the various parliaments has compounded other clear political disagreements centred on constitutional reform and change, with different [...]

9 05, 2022

Celebrating Europe Day 2022

By |2022-05-11T10:07:56+00:00May 9th, 2022|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Future of Europe, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , , , , |

Against all odds, the Conference on the Future of Europe has shown that it is quite possible for the EU to function as a European democracy of states and citizens. In the process the European Union has overcome its long-standing stalemate in the debate about the end goal of the [...]

5 05, 2022

Spinelli, me and my honeymoon

By |2022-05-05T13:39:02+00:00May 5th, 2022|Categories: Europe, Federalism, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , , |

by Dr Alan Hick Dr Hick is a Board Member of New Europeans International and a former senior official at the European Economic and Social Committee 1st May 2022 This article has been reproduced with kind permission from New Europeans   The first time I met Altiero Spinelli did not go [...]

28 03, 2022

A League-Union of the Isles – Book Recommendation

By |2022-04-05T08:01:57+00:00March 28th, 2022|Categories: Devolution, Federalism, Scotland, UK Constitution, Views from the Federal Trust|

March 2022 sees the release of A League-Union of the Isles. Conceived as a reflection on Glyndwr Cennydd Jones’s constitutional writing since 2016, it encompasses an exploration of devolution, federalism, confederalism, and more significantly—that possible middle ground—confederal-federalism. Not wishing to alienate the generally moderate elements of both unionism and nationalism [...]

18 03, 2022

The Democratisation of Europe

By |2022-03-18T13:37:05+00:00March 18th, 2022|Categories: Citizens’ rights, EU Policies & Institutions, Future of Europe, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , |

In all its atrocity, the Russian invasion of Ukraine may serve to recall that the democratisation of Europe is both a momentous achievement and an ongoing challenge. The democratisation of Europe, which started in the middle of the 20th century in reaction to the atrocities of the Second World War, [...]

4 03, 2022

The Ukrainian War and the Mistake of Brexit

By |2022-03-22T14:13:23+00:00March 4th, 2022|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Global, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

The war, in which the Ukrainian army and citizens are defending the sovereignty of their country against foreign aggression, is about values. The values of human dignity, respect for life, democracy and the rule of law are under attack from a superpower, which is still thinking in geopolitical terms of [...]

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