5 03, 2021

How Much Patience with Boris Johnson is Left in Europe?

By |2021-03-05T16:09:29+00:00March 5th, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , , |

by Denis MacShane Former Minister for Europe. His latest book Brexiternity. The Uncertain Fate of Britain is published by IB Tauris-Bloomsbury.   The most famous speech made in the Roman Senate was by Cicero denouncing a political adversary. “How much longer, Cataline, will you try our patience? How much longer will [...]

5 03, 2021

VIDEO: After Brexit, a federal UK?

By |2021-03-05T14:03:52+00:00March 5th, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Devolution, Federalism, Scotland, UK Constitution, Video|Tags: |

In this video, Federal Trust Senior Research Fellow Dr Andrew Blick comments on the emerging debate about a more federalised United Kingdom. He argues that the nature of federalism has often been misunderstood in the UK because of the confused and confusing debate surrounding a European “federal superstate.” A growing [...]

5 03, 2021

The North East after Covid-19 and Brexit

By |2021-03-05T13:58:01+00:00March 5th, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Coronavirus, North East|

by Alastair Balls [*] Alastair Balls is a former Senior Economic Adviser to HM Treasury and former Northern Region Director for the Departments of Environment and of Transport.  Most recently his main involvement in the economic and social regeneration of the North East has been in the setting up of [...]

5 03, 2021

London’s Future as a City

By |2021-03-05T13:05:48+00:00March 5th, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Coronavirus, London|Tags: , |

by Jeremy Melvin Jeremy Melvin is an architectural historian, a curator, a writer, a journalist, and a regular consultant on matters of architectural history, politics, and practice. He is a Visiting Professor at The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. He has held a number of key influential roles and has, [...]

3 03, 2021

Covid and Brexit – two knock out blows for the North East, or a wake up call for change?

By |2021-03-03T13:20:03+00:00March 3rd, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Devolution, North East|

by Nick Forbes Councillor Nick Forbes, CBE, has been the Leader of Newcastle City Council since 2011.  He is also Senior Vice-Chair at the Local Government Association.     If you were to stop people on the streets of the North East in early 2021, and ask whether Covid or [...]

3 03, 2021

London: Learning from History

By |2021-03-03T12:49:19+00:00March 3rd, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Coronavirus, London, UK|

by David Long David Long, a writer and journalist for more than 25 years, has appeared regularly on television and radio and has written for the Times, Sunday Times and London Evening Standard and a huge diversity of magazines around the world. He is the author of numerous books, including [...]

3 03, 2021

Federalism for the United Kingdom: an answer that raises questions

By |2021-03-04T11:21:22+00:00March 3rd, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Devolution, Federalism, Federalism, Scotland, UK Constitution, UK Devolution|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Federalism is best defined as a system in which constitutional authority is divided between a ‘federal’ tier of government and a set of territorial ‘states’. It is a comprehensive and symmetrical model in which the entirety (or almost the entirety) of the country is covered by states, which have identical [...]

26 02, 2021

An autonomous London

By |2021-03-02T11:17:06+00:00February 26th, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Coronavirus, Devolution, Federalism, London, UK Constitution|

by John Stevens and Dr Andrew Blick   John Stevens is the Chairman of the Federal Trust. He is a former MEP (1989 - 1999).   Dr Andrew Blick is Head of the Department of Political Economy and Reader in Politics and Contemporary History at King's College London. He is [...]

26 02, 2021

The North East of England: Economic and political challenges and opportunities post-Covid and post-Brexit

By |2021-03-02T11:18:05+00:00February 26th, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Coronavirus, Devolution, North East, UK Constitution|

by Joyce Quin Photo credit: UK Parliament/ CC BY 3.0 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 [...]

26 02, 2021

The UK’s European and Constitutional Challenges Collide

By |2021-02-26T11:03:50+00:00February 26th, 2021|Categories: Blog, Brexit, Devolution, Europe, Scotland, UK Constitution, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

The UK’s politics failed in the face of Brexit for a mixture of reasons. There were three main causes. First, the ideology and dishonesty at the heart of the pro-Brexiters’ campaigning was, and remains, central. Second, Labour’s opposition to Brexit foundered on internal splits and a leader, Jeremy Corbyn, who [...]