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 [...]

18 03, 2022

VIDEO: ‘Beyond Westminster and Whitehall’ – 35 years later

By |2022-03-18T14:22:41+00:00March 18th, 2022|Categories: Devolution, INTERGOV, Video|Tags: , , , , , |

In this interview, our Senior Research Fellow Professor Colin Talbot talks to Professor Rod Rhodes of Southampton University about relations between UK central government and local and regional tiers of government. In 1988, Professor Rhodes published his seminal book on this topic, “Beyond Westminster and Whitehall”. At the time the dominant [...]

11 03, 2022

Video: The War in Ukraine, the EU and Brexit

By |2022-03-11T14:52:43+00:00March 11th, 2022|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Global, Video|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

In this Federal Trust video, our Chairman John Stevens and Director Brendan Donnelly discuss the latest developments in the war in Ukraine and the war’s dramatic impact on the EU and the UK: WATCH THE VIDEO HERE Or in the player below:   SPEAKERS: Brendan Donnelly is the director of [...]

4 03, 2022

The Ukrainian War and the Mistake of Brexit

By |2022-03-22T14:13:23+00:00March 4th, 2022|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Global, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

The war, in which the Ukrainian army and citizens are defending the sovereignty of their country against foreign aggression, is about values. The values of human dignity, respect for life, democracy and the rule of law are under attack from a superpower, which is still thinking in geopolitical terms of [...]

2 03, 2022

VIDEO: Ukraine, Russia and Brexit: Europe’s stability under threat

By |2022-03-04T11:23:05+00:00March 2nd, 2022|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Foreign Policy & Defence, Global, Video|Tags: , , , , , , |

In this video, our Chairman John Stevens and Director Brendan Donnelly discuss the Russian invasion of Ukraine and its consequences for European security. They describe the radical change that has now taken place in European and particularly German thinking about security. They predict much greater future cohesion within the EU [...]

18 02, 2022

VIDEO: Can Brexit Be Reversed?

By |2022-02-18T14:42:10+00:00February 18th, 2022|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Video|Tags: , , , , , |

In this video our Chairman John Stevens and Director Brendan Donnelly discuss the possibility and desirability of a campaign to rejoin the European Union. They accept that the current political system of the United Kingdom poses formidable barriers to any such campaign. They argue however that Rejoin campaigners need not [...]

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