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18 03, 2019

BREXIT: “No Deal” is still on the table

By |2019-03-25T10:52:06+00:00March 18th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Europe|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

by Brendan DonnellyDirector, The Federal Trust 18th March 2019 UPDATE 25/03/19:Last week the European Council gave the United Kingdom two further weeks to come up with a plan for avoiding a “no deal” Brexit. It is now up to Parliament to adopt such a plan and make the government adopt [...]

18 05, 2018

Brexit: A “meaningful” vote for MPs implies a “meaningful” vote for the people

By |2018-05-18T10:34:09+00:00May 18th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Europe|Tags: , , , , , |

by Brendan Donnelly, Director, The Federal Trust 18th May 2018   The Conservative Cabinet has spent the past month in public controversy about the customs regime to be applied on the island of Ireland after Brexit. It is widely recognised that neither of the two favoured solutions canvassed within the [...]

24 01, 2018

The case for a new British referendum on the EU is becoming unstoppable

By |2018-02-02T13:01:27+00:00January 24th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Europe|Tags: , , , |

by Brendan Donnelly, Director, The Federal Trust 24th January 2018   In recent weeks, there has been widespread discussion of the possibility of a new referendum later in the year to endorse or reject the terms negotiated by Mrs May and her government for British withdrawal from the European Union. [...]

5 12, 2017

Ulster and Brexit: The shape of things to come

By |2017-12-05T12:37:15+00:00December 5th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Europe|Tags: , , , , , , |

by Brendan Donnelly, Director, The Federal Trust 5th December 2017   Even during the European referendum last year it was clear that those who wished the UK to leave the European Union fell into two quite different camps, those who wanted Brexit to mark a decisive break in the economic and [...]

20 07, 2017

No good choices for the British government in the Brexit negotiations

By |2017-09-18T12:21:28+00:00July 20th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Europe|Tags: , , , , , |

  by Brendan Donnelly, Director, The Federal Trust 20th July 2017   David Davis has been criticized in some quarters for spending only two hours in Brussels this week negotiating with Michel Barnier before returning hurriedly to London. This criticism is misplaced. As Secretary of State for Exiting the European [...]

11 04, 2017

Pointless soft Brexit, suicidal hard Brexit

By |2017-04-11T09:29:52+00:00April 11th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Europe|Tags: , , , , , |

Pointless soft Brexit, suicidal hard Brexit     By Brendan Donnelly Director, The Federal Trust   In a controversial article last week the associate editor of the Financial Times Wolfgang Muenchau asserted that after the triggering of Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty it was now inevitable that the United [...]

14 03, 2017

Article 50 and the dictatorship of the “democratic” majority

By |2017-03-14T15:50:10+00:00March 14th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Europe|Tags: , , , , |

Article 50 and the dictatorship of the “democratic” majority   By Brendan Donnelly Director, The Federal Trust   During the EU referendum of last year, there was much talk of the supposed estrangement between British voters and their political representatives. The narrow victory of the Brexit camp has since often [...]

10 02, 2017

How long will Parliament ignore the 48% ?

By |2017-02-10T10:26:35+00:00February 10th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Europe|Tags: , , , , , , |

How long will Parliament ignore the 48%?       by Brendan Donnelly, Director, The Federal Trust   David Jones, the Minister for Brexit, assured the House of Commons this week that it would have the opportunity to vote on the treaty negotiated by Mrs. May’s government to bring about [...]

30 01, 2017

Ireland faces heavy costs for Britain’s Brexit folly

By |2017-02-10T11:50:35+00:00January 30th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Europe|Tags: , , , , |

IRELAND FACES HEAVY COSTS FOR BRITAIN’S BREXIT FOLLY.   By John Palmer   In the complex and sometimes arcane debate about the British government’s Brexit crusade, little attention has been paid to the consequences it will have for our neighbouring island, Ireland. In government circles there appears to date to [...]

16 12, 2016

May’s Rocky Road Ahead: Why Brexit May Not Happen

By |2016-12-16T13:43:37+00:00December 16th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Europe|Tags: , , , , , |

In this article our director Brendan Donnelly argues that the triggering of Article 50 will not be the end of the Brexit story. Mrs May is likely to face over the next two years growing obstacles in her path of extricating the UK from the European Union. There is a [...]