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 [...]

11 05, 2022

VIDEO: Brexit – Macron’s Vision and the Northern Ireland Protocol

By |2022-05-11T13:57:58+00:00May 11th, 2022|Categories: Brexit, Devolution, Europe, UK Constitution, Video|Tags: , , , , |

In this new Federal Trust video Brendan Donnelly and John Stevens discuss the speech of President Macron to the European Parliament and its possible implications for relations between the UK and the European Union. They also discuss the likely outcome of the current negotiations on the Northern Ireland protocol and [...]

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 [...]

29 04, 2022

VIDEO: What Does Macron’s Re-Election Mean for France, for Europe and for Brexit?

By |2022-04-29T13:10:49+00:00April 29th, 2022|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Global, Video|Tags: , , , , , , |

In this  Federal Trust video our Chairman John Stevens and Director  Brendan Donnelly analyse the recent French Presidential Elections. They conclude that France and Macron are in a powerful position to press for further European integration. This move towards further European integration will be an uncomfortable experience for the UK [...]

28 04, 2022

WEBINAR: After the Stormont elections – Where next for Northern Ireland?

By |2022-05-11T09:45:16+00:00April 28th, 2022|Categories: 2022, Brexit, Devolution, Europe, UK|Tags: , , , |

Joint event by the Federal Trust, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and Global Policy Institute   10th May 2022 WATCH THE WEBINAR HERE or in the player below:   At this timely webinar, held a few days after the elections in Northern Ireland, our expert speakers analysed the elections results and their possible implications. [...]

22 04, 2022

VIDEO: Northern Ireland, Elections and Brexit

By |2022-04-22T13:24:39+00:00April 22nd, 2022|Categories: Brexit, Devolution, Europe, Trade, UK Constitution, Video|Tags: , , , , |

In this new video our Director Brendan Donnelly and Council member John Palmer discuss the forthcoming elections in Northern Ireland and their likely implications for the Northern Ireland Protocol and relations with the rest of the island of Ireland. WATCH THE VIDEO HERE or in the player below:   SPEAKERS: John Palmer is a [...]

1 04, 2022

VIDEO: Partygate is Brexit in Microcosm

By |2022-04-01T13:23:24+00:00April 1st, 2022|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Video|Tags: , , , , , , , |

In this video, our Director Brendan Donnelly and Chairman John Stevens discuss Partygate and its possible implications for the next General Election. They fear that the dysfunction introduced into the British political system by Brexit and its advocates may allow Boris Johnson to survive this challenge to his Premiership. WATCH [...]

1 04, 2022

VIDEO: UK public finances – Equality and equity between the 4 nations?

By |2022-04-01T11:11:49+00:00April 1st, 2022|Categories: Devolution, INTERGOV, Scotland, Video|Tags: , , , |

Professor Julian Hoppit (UCL) talks about his new book “The Dreadful Monster and its Poor Relations – taxing, spending and the United kingdom 1707-2021” with Professor Colin Talbot (University of Manchester and The Federal Trust). Modern arguments over public finances within the UK, and how far the nations of England, [...]

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 [...]

25 03, 2022

VIDEO: Getting Brexit Undone: In small steps or with a Big Bang?

By |2022-03-25T14:48:51+00:00March 25th, 2022|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Video|Tags: , , , , , , |

In this new video, John Stevens and Brendan Donnelly discuss the idea of some pro-Europeans, including now the Liberal Democrats, that the UK should seek to rejoin the EU by small steps. They conclude that such gradualism has little chance of success, since it will be unattractive to the EU [...]

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