9 07, 2021

Video: “Brexit – Which way back into Europe for the UK?”

By |2021-07-09T12:30:50+00:00July 9th, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Video|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

In this video conversation, Dr Michael Lloyd of Global Policy Institute and our Director Brendan Donnelly discuss how, when and whether the UK will rejoin the EU. Michael advocates first joining the European Economic Area as a possible first step towards rejoining the European Union, while Brendan argues that it [...]

30 06, 2021

Video: “Brexit – So little said, so much to say”

By |2021-06-30T13:10:44+00:00June 30th, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Video|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

In this video, our Director Brendan Donnelly criticises the main British political parties for their reluctance to talk about Brexit. He thinks this reluctance stems primarily from calculations of political advantage. These calculations may however be mistaken. The Labour Party in particular may end up alienating all its potential supporters. [...]

29 06, 2021

Exploiting and transcending the Johnson binary: the prospects for an electoral pact

By |2021-06-29T15:49:24+00:00June 29th, 2021|Categories: Blog, Brexit, UK Constitution|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Division has been central to the electoral strength of the Johnson Conservative Party. It might also prove key to understanding its potential weakness. Conservative victory in December 2019 was achieved partly through identifying a social cleavage and securing a large proportion of the support of those on one side of [...]

23 06, 2021

A Brexit Cassandra

By |2021-06-24T09:32:25+00:00June 23rd, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Europe|Tags: , , , , |

6 years ago I published a book “Brexit. How Britain Will Leave Europe.” It came out before the May 2015 election. It set out all the reasons, based on 20 years of door knocking in what we now call a red wall seat, why I thought that if a populist [...]

28 05, 2021

Sovereign Conquest?

By |2021-05-28T11:17:08+00:00May 28th, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Coronavirus, Devolution, Federalism, Federalism, Scotland, UK Constitution, UK Devolution|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

“Take back control” was one of the main battle-cries of Brexit. Underpinning it was the notion that the UK had ceded its sovereignty to the EU and was no-longer an ‘independent’ country. We will leave aside the issue of whether or not Brexit really represents a return of sovereignty to [...]

26 05, 2021

The sight of UK Border Police arresting young Europeans on arrival in the UK is not a great look internationally

By |2021-05-26T13:09:13+00:00May 26th, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Citizens’ rights, Migration & Identity, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , |

This article was first published by The Parliament Magazine When it emerged that some EU citizens had been wrongfully held, due to ignorance on the part of officials, the British Government also began to look incompetent. It seems that the UK government has a message for the world, namely: “Look [...]

20 05, 2021

Elections to the Scottish Parliament on 6 May: Results and what they mean for the UK

By |2021-05-20T13:30:10+00:00May 20th, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Devolution, Scotland, UK Constitution, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , |

by Colin A. Munro Colin A. Munro  is a former British diplomat. He joined HM Diplomatic Service in 1969 and held numerous positions during his career, in Berlin, Kuala Lumpur, Bucharest, Frankfurt, Zagreb, and served as the Private Secretary to the Minister of State responsible for Central and Eastern Europe. [...]

13 05, 2021

Video: “Brexit – The Elephant in the Room of UK Politics”

By |2021-05-21T11:50:24+00:00May 13th, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Devolution, Federalism, Scotland, UK Constitution, Video|Tags: , , , , , , , |

In this video, our Chairman John Stevens and Director Brendan Donnelly discuss the recent round of elections in the UK. They predict that British political parties will find it difficult to continue ignoring Brexit in their campaigning as Covid-19 retreats and the economic damage of Brexit mounts:   Subscribe to our YouTube channel   [...]

11 05, 2021

Scotland’s Elections and the Fragmenting UK: Where Next?

By |2021-05-11T14:48:04+00:00May 11th, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Devolution, Scotland, UK Constitution, UK Devolution|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

In Scotland, there is a real sense of its politics and the constitutional debate moving into a new phase as the aftermath of the pro-independence SNP and Green parties’ success in the elections sinks in. Turnout, at 63%, was the highest it has been since the first elections to the [...]

8 05, 2021

UK Ministers have little incentive to prioritise Scotland

By |2021-05-17T12:52:50+00:00May 8th, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Devolution, Federalism, Scotland, UK Constitution, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

by Professor Richard Rose FBA   Professor Richard Rose is founder-director of the Centre for the Study of Public Policy at the University of Strathclyde; Visiting Fellow at the European Union Institute in Florence; and a Fellow at Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin   This article was first published as a comment in [...]

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