3 11, 2021

AUKUS and its consequences for Britain’s relationship with France and the EU

By |2021-12-17T12:57:38+00:00November 3rd, 2021|Categories: Brexit, November 2021|Tags: , , , , , , |

The announcement of the new AUKUS security partnership between Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States last month caused outrage in France and in the rest of the European Union. Not only did it imply a loss of the existing contract between Paris and Canberra for twelve conventional submarines [...]

3 11, 2021

Is the City of London’s tumbril drawing closer to the scaffold?

By |2021-12-17T12:58:15+00:00November 3rd, 2021|Categories: Brexit, November 2021|Tags: , , , , , |

The City is home to a multitude of businesses that support the financial markets. However, banking has always been at the City’s heart and, in recent decades, the clearing of derivatives has become central to both banking and securities markets. Pre-Brexit, these markets were also central to the European Union [...]

3 11, 2021

Brexit: A Strange Taboo 

By |2021-12-17T12:58:56+00:00November 3rd, 2021|Categories: Brexit, November 2021|Tags: , , , , , |

On 13th October, the Times columnist David Aaronovitch published an article entitled “Whisper it, but a pro-EU lobby is stirring.” Its tone is admittedly hesitant and conditional, with the title of the piece suggesting diffidence in putting forward a thesis unattractive to many readers. But it is difficult to believe [...]

3 11, 2021

EU promotes high quality trade deals, as UK founders on hasty new agreements

By |2021-12-17T12:59:20+00:00November 3rd, 2021|Categories: Brexit, November 2021|Tags: , , , , , |

The UK government’s trade deal negotiations have recently been mired in controversy . In particular, the in-principle agreement with New Zealand has been heavily criticised as a one-sided arrangement. By contrast, since Brexit, the EU has been developing new legal instruments to strengthen its capacity to defend and promote its [...]

7 10, 2021

Video: “The Brexit Taboo in British Politics”

By |2021-10-07T13:10:42+00:00October 7th, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Video|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

In this video, the Director of the Federal Trust, Brendan Donnelly, talks about the reluctance of British politicians to discuss Brexit honestly and seriously. In particular, he disagrees with those who wish to rejoin the EU but are afraid to say so. He argues that those who want the UK [...]

30 09, 2021

VIDEO: British Musicians: Victims of Brexit?

By |2021-09-30T13:57:40+00:00September 30th, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Trade, Video|Tags: , , , , , , |

In this video, the musician and businessman Peter Cook discusses the implications of Brexit for British musicians touring in Europe with Federal Trust Director Brendan Donnelly. He fears that the new expenses and barriers imposed by Brexit will lead to fewer cultural and particularly musical exchanges between the UK and [...]

20 09, 2021

Brexit: Rejoiners should learn from Remainers

By |2021-12-17T10:28:30+00:00September 20th, 2021|Categories: Brexit, September 2021|Tags: , , , |

Many hoping the United Kingdom will rejoin the European Union one day advocate a gradualist strategy. It is futile, they argue, to rail against the principle of Brexit itself. In time, the economic disadvantages of Brexit will reveal themselves ever more plainly. This in turn will lead to pressure from [...]

20 09, 2021

Brexit, the Euro and Rejoin

By |2021-12-17T10:28:45+00:00September 20th, 2021|Categories: Brexit, September 2021|Tags: , , , , , , |

There is much talk amongst erstwhile Remainers that we must not anticipate, let alone advocate, an early British return to the European Union. Some, whose grasp of history is limp, even compare our situation to that of the Jacobites following the failure of the ’45. Many of us are certainly [...]

18 09, 2021

EU and UK trade talks after Brexit

By |2021-12-17T10:28:58+00:00September 18th, 2021|Categories: Brexit, September 2021|Tags: , , , , , |

The European Union (EU) has been finalizing multiple trade deals since Brexit, many of which have been painstakingly negotiated over several years.  Meanwhile, the UK government has been hurriedly concluding numerous continuity trade agreements (rolling over former EU deals) and embarking on new ones, raising alarm bells over their quality [...]

18 09, 2021

Why the German election matters, but less so its winner

By |2021-12-17T10:29:11+00:00September 18th, 2021|Categories: Brexit, September 2021|Tags: , , , , |

Germany’s upcoming election will influence the course and direction of the European Union for the coming decade. Irrespective of the exact make-up of the next German government and who will become the new Chancellor, there has been a growing alignment between the main parties on all the key policy issues. [...]

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