22 12, 2020

Freedom, equality and solidarity – what’s not to like?

By |2020-12-23T14:18:22+00:00December 22nd, 2020|Categories: Blog, Brexit, Citizens’ rights, EU Policies & Institutions, Europe, Future of Europe|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

In 2001, the late, great former Labour Foreign Secretary, Robin Cook, was President of the Party of European Socialists. The start of his period of office coincided with the heyday of British influence in Europe, a time when strong alliances were being built by Labour at every level - inter-governmental [...]

21 12, 2020

The UK’s Chaotic Brexit Slide Towards 2021

By |2020-12-23T13:55:07+00:00December 21st, 2020|Categories: Blog, Brexit, Coronavirus, Devolution, Europe, Europe, Foreign Policy & Defence, Scotland, UK Constitution, UK Devolution|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

With Covid gridlock in Kent, chaotic borders have arrived earlier than expected, although stockpiling ahead of the end of the transition was already causing queues and a glimpse into the UK’s difficult post-Brexit future. As talks and haggling continue over fishing, one thing is clear: deal or no deal, four [...]

21 12, 2020

No EU Deal -> No US Deal: US-EU again aligned, UK out in the cold

By |2020-12-23T13:55:39+00:00December 21st, 2020|Categories: Blog, Brexit, Foreign Policy & Defence, Global|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

The probable future of a no-deal UK is gloomy. The direct economic damages are only the beginning. A non-deal or inadequate deal with the EU, exacerbating the troubles in Scotland and Northern Ireland, will kill the prospects for a meaningful deal with the US; Congress has already laid down the [...]

16 12, 2020

Are we ignoring the services sector at our peril in the current Brexit negotiations?

By |2020-12-16T14:43:31+00:00December 16th, 2020|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Europe, Trade|Tags: , , , , , , |

While sounding more optimistic on how restarted talks were moving this week after last week’s showdown, the EU chief Brexit negotiator, Michael Barnier, tweeted on the 14th of December that ‘Never before has such a comprehensive agreement (trade, energy, fisheries, transport, police & judicial cooperation, etc) been negotiated so transparently [...]

15 12, 2020

Im Westen nichts Neues – Nothing new on the Brexit front

By |2020-12-15T14:59:13+00:00December 15th, 2020|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Europe|Tags: , , , , , , , |

One relief from the ongoing general uncertainty surrounding the ongoing negotiations between the European Union and the United Kingdom on a post-Brexit Free Trade Agreement has been to study specifics, such as its likely regional impact. In pursuit of this I recently participated, by video, in an informal conference on [...]

11 12, 2020

How post-Brexit Points-based Immigration Will Affect UK Employment

By |2020-12-14T11:01:35+00:00December 11th, 2020|Categories: Brexit, Citizens’ rights, Migration & Identity, Views from the Federal Trust|

by Heather Barrigan Political Correspondent of ImmiNews, specializing in outreach and the creation of engaging and informative immigration-related content.   The promise to end the free movement of EU citizens to the UK was a cornerstone of the Leave campaign in the run-up to the referendum on EU membership in [...]

10 12, 2020

Brexit: No trade-offs means no deal

By |2020-12-11T16:13:07+00:00December 10th, 2020|Categories: Blog, Brexit, Europe, Europe|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

The dinner between Boris Johnson and Ursula von der Leyen on 9th December seems to have done little to improve the chances of an agreement on EU/UK trading relations before the end of the transition period. Both sides have interest in achieving such an agreement and it would be premature [...]

9 12, 2020

The No Deal Brexit Terminology

By |2020-12-10T14:50:43+00:00December 9th, 2020|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Europe|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Republished with kind permission by Jon Worth from his Euroblog. Image copyright: A nightmare before Brexit! by duncan c, licensed under creative commons licence CC BY-NC 2.0   OK, I might be jumping the gun – there may yet be a Deal between Britain and the EU – but as a result [...]

4 12, 2020

Brexit and the decline of democracy

By |2020-12-04T13:53:37+00:00December 4th, 2020|Categories: Brexit, Coronavirus, Devolution, Europe, Europe, Federalism, Federalism, UK Constitution, UK Devolution|Tags: , , , , , , |

“The fabric of democracy is always fragile everywhere because it depends on the will of citizens to protect it, and when they become scared, when it becomes dangerous for them to defend it, it can go very quickly.” (Margaret Atwood) The deadline for ending the “transitional” arrangements for Britain’s relations [...]

2 12, 2020

Event: Where are we on the Brexit roundabout?

By |2020-12-23T17:08:31+00:00December 2nd, 2020|Categories: 2020, Brexit|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

17th December 2020 "Deal" or "No Deal"? A fortnight before the transition period comes to an end, there will be plenty to discuss on the topic of Brexit, in whichever situation the UK will find itself in. At this event our speakers took stock and offered their views and commentary [...]