14 07, 2023

Has the City of London benefitted from Brexit as the golden days continue to fade?

By |2023-07-14T14:14:25+00:00July 14th, 2023|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Trade & Financial services, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , , |

In this Federal Trust Briefing, financial expert Graham Bishop argues that three years after leaving the EU, there are no discernible signs of any benefits from Brexit for the UK financial sector. As the City's leaders are recognising with growing alarm, the City’s international standing is slowly sinking. Leadership seems [...]

28 06, 2023

VIDEO: Can Northern Ireland Survive Brexit?

By |2023-06-28T15:30:36+00:00June 28th, 2023|Categories: Brexit, Devolution, Europe, Video, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , , , |

In this new Federal Trust video, the former European Commission Representative in Belfast and London, Geoff Martin, predicts that the DUP will soon rejoin the Northern Ireland Executive. He argues that the recent Windsor Framework has created the conditions for a new economic and political stability in Northern Ireland. This [...]

28 06, 2023

The EU Leads the Way in Regulating Crypto-Assets

By |2023-06-28T14:49:07+00:00June 28th, 2023|Categories: Brexit, EU Policies & Institutions, Trade, Trade & Financial services, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , |

The European Union (EU) has earned the title of becoming the world’s first jurisdiction to introduce a regulatory environment specifically for overseeing a market in crypto-assets. Meantime, the UK government is currently drafting legislation on this sector while the US is said to be examining the EU’s new regulation with [...]

7 06, 2023

Federalism, Union and Secession

By |2023-06-07T14:07:50+00:00June 7th, 2023|Categories: Devolution, Federalism, Scotland, UK Constitution, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , , , , |

In this new essay for the Federal Trust, our Council member and former member of the Welsh Senedd David Melding argues that federal structures are the best way of preserving the constitutional and geographical integrity of the United Kingdom. In a federal UK, powers and responsibilities would be transparently and [...]

1 06, 2023

UK Trade and Investment: The Brexit Economic Hit

By |2023-06-01T17:16:42+00:00June 1st, 2023|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Reports & Policy Briefs, Trade, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , , |

In this new Federal Trust Briefing, David Gow describes and analyses the economic consequences of Brexit. These consequences have never been positive and in most sectors have caused varying degrees of damage. There is good reason to believe that this damage will increase rather than decrease in years to come. [...]

5 05, 2023

The EU Chips Act: A “Game Changer” For Europe May Be Game Over for Brexit

By |2023-05-05T15:21:57+00:00May 5th, 2023|Categories: Brexit, EU Policies & Institutions, Europe, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , , , |

The European Union’s (EU) Chips Act was agreed in principle at the end of April 2023 by the EU’s main political bodies.  The proposed legislation, described by European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, as a “game changer”, commits €43 billion in financial subsidies towards expanding the bloc’s semiconductor industry. [...]

17 04, 2023

Origins of Erasmus, Development of Erasmus+ and the Future

By |2023-04-17T15:38:31+00:00April 17th, 2023|Categories: EU Policies & Institutions, Europe, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , |

Presentation by Dr Hywel Ceri Jones CMG to mark the 35th anniversary of the official launch of the Erasmus programme[*] Thank you warmly for your invitation as an original founder to participate in this special celebration of the 35th anniversary of the official launch of the Erasmus programme. I look [...]

30 03, 2023

The Stormont Brake Has Been Passed Yet The Break in UK-EU Relations May be Irreparable

By |2023-03-30T15:09:29+00:00March 30th, 2023|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Trade, Trade & Financial services, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , , |

Following recent protracted post-Brexit negotiations on the Northern Ireland Protocol (the Protocol), there persists an underlying crisis of mistrust between the United Kingdom government and the European Union.  This is in spite of the UK Parliament passing the arduously negotiated Stormont Brake provisions of the UK-EU Windsor Framework on Wednesday, [...]

3 03, 2023

The EU’s Foreign Subsidies Regulation: A new risk for British business?

By |2023-03-03T15:07:47+00:00March 3rd, 2023|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Trade, Trade & Financial services, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , |

New EU extra-territorial level playing field rules may adversely impact UK investment in the bloc The European Union (EU) has introduced major new legislation which could have broad implications for extra-territorial jurisdiction over businesses based in any non-EU country including the UK. The Foreign Subsidies Regulation (FSR), which will apply [...]

17 02, 2023

The Departure of Nicola Sturgeon

By |2023-02-20T13:16:51+00:00February 17th, 2023|Categories: Blog, Brexit, Devolution, Europe, Scotland, UK Constitution, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , , , |

There is a mystery for me in contemplating the political career of Nicola Surgeon. I first faced this during the 2015 General Election, which I spent largely in Scotland, campaigning for Unionist friends. I was hoping to see the “No” campaign victory in the 2014 referendum (in which I was [...]

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