26 11, 2020

Video podcast: Johnson’s Brexit Dilemma – No good outcome in sight

By |2020-11-26T14:44:56+00:00November 26th, 2020|Categories: Brexit, Video|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Watch our Director Brendan Donnelly discussing why the choice which Johnson now faces between a poor Brexit "deal" and "no deal" are a fitting climax to the chaotic and incoherent Brexit process:   You can also read his  blog on this topic here: Johnson’s Brexit Dilemma: No good outcome in sight [...]

25 11, 2020

Can the EU function as a democracy without forming a state?

By |2020-11-25T15:44:10+00:00November 25th, 2020|Categories: EU Policies & Institutions, Europe, Federalism, Forthcoming Events, Future of Europe|Tags: , , , , , |

4th December 2020 19.30 - 21.00 REGISTER HERE Part of the joint Reflections on the Future of Europe series with New Europeans At this online discussion, Jaap Hoeksma asks "Can the EU be a democratic union of states and people at the same time?" Read his essay here: Replacing the Westphalian system [...]

25 11, 2020

Johnson’s Brexit Dilemma: No good outcome in sight

By |2020-11-25T13:04:12+00:00November 25th, 2020|Categories: Brexit, Devolution, Europe, Europe|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Shortly after the EU referendum of 2016, a “former Conservative minister” supposedly remarked that Brexit would force the Conservative Party to choose between destroying the country and destroying itself. Both the attribution and exact wording of this epigram may be questioned, but precisely this choice is the dilemma with which [...]

24 11, 2020

Brexit, the City and equivalence

By |2020-11-24T12:24:14+00:00November 24th, 2020|Categories: Blog, Brexit, Trade & Financial services|Tags: , , , , , , , |

As discussions on an EU/UK trade deal post transition are now nearing the end, the City of London continues to worry about where it will be left from 1st January 2021. Financial services are not part of the main FTA agreement as had been hoped. Instead the City feels like [...]

23 11, 2020

The Arrow of Time and Brexit

By |2020-11-24T09:18:15+00:00November 23rd, 2020|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Europe|Tags: , , , , , |

“Time is running short.” This refrain was first expressed in June by Prime Minister Johnson and Commission President von der Leyen in their conference call, supposedly with the aim of  injecting urgency into the ongoing UK/EU negotiations on their future relations after the end of the Transition Period. It has [...]

20 11, 2020

The UK will never be ready for Brexit

By |2020-11-20T13:52:03+00:00November 20th, 2020|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Europe, Trade|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

The National Audit Office released last week a report on preparations for the end of the transition period after Brexit. The report was critical of the government for the inadequacy of these preparations and in particular for its failure to foresee and respond to the predictable administrative consequences of Brexit. [...]

19 11, 2020

Biden changes the Brexit options

By |2020-11-20T12:04:15+00:00November 19th, 2020|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Global, Trade|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Biden and the U.S. Congress are dead set against a no-deal Brexit. The Irish lobby isn’t just strong at this time; Biden as an Irish Catholic fully identifies with it. They will not give the UK a trade deal unless the agreement with the EU on Northern Ireland is fully [...]

16 11, 2020

Brexit and European Solidarity – A Further Dimension

By |2020-11-16T14:11:50+00:00November 16th, 2020|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Europe|Tags: , , , , , , |

by David Quinn Former international civil servant   One of the assumptions underlying the Brexiteers approach to Brexit has been the firm conviction that the UK, the world’s 5th largest economy, would have no difficulty in imposing a trade deal on the EU which would permit the country to maintain [...]

16 11, 2020

Ireland: A shared island – Brexit and a Celtic future ?

By |2020-11-16T12:35:35+00:00November 16th, 2020|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Europe, UK Devolution|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

An atmosphere of crisis in Ireland north and south is dominating discussions of the future among seasoned observers and commentators there. It is occasioned by the impending decision on Brexit due to be made shortly ahead of the end of the transition period on 31 December. While the wider public [...]

13 11, 2020

For a European Health Union

By |2020-11-14T13:22:51+00:00November 13th, 2020|Categories: Coronavirus, Europe, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Giovanni Brauzzi is a retired Italian diplomat. His last assignment was Ambassador to Jordan. Before that he was Deputy Political Director, in charge for security, disarmament and non-proliferation. Previously, he served in Lagos, Brussels, Nairobi, New York and London.   Republished with kind permission by ISPI: Istituto per gli Studi di [...]