30 03, 2021

Video: The fallout from Brexit continues

By |2021-03-30T16:44:08+00:00March 30th, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Scotland, Video|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

In this new video, our Chairman, John Stevens, and Director, Brendan Donnelly, discuss the post-Brexit state of UK/EU relations. They argue that the present British government will generally seek  a confrontational relationship with the EU over the coming months. This confrontation will be a source of instability in Northern Ireland and encourage the forces [...]

7 01, 2021

Video podcast: “Brexit: The “Deal” is less than it seems

By |2021-01-07T15:44:06+00:00January 7th, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Trade, Video|Tags: , , , , , , |

Watch the latest video podcast by our Director Brendan Donnelly, in which he discusses the Brexit deal and argues that there is less to it than meets the eye: You can also read Brendan's blog on this topic here: Brexit: The “Deal” is less than it seems

6 01, 2021

Was Godot worth the wait? The EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement explained

By |2021-01-06T14:05:26+00:00January 6th, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Trade, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Since the white smoke emerged from the European Commission chimney on the afternoon of Christmas Eve, journalists, commentators and representatives of just about every conceivable interest have been crawling over it to work out what it means, who won or lost and how it will affect people on both sides [...]

5 01, 2021

Brexit: Fishing for reality

By |2021-01-07T15:33:01+00:00January 5th, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Europe|Tags: , , , , , , , |

by Richard Carden Richard Carden is a retired senior civil servant who has worked at top level in the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, the Department of Trade and Industry and the European Commission.   Boris has done Brexit. We are out of the EU. We are at the start [...]

5 01, 2021

The Brexit Deal’s Shades of Grey

By |2021-01-05T14:13:17+00:00January 5th, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Europe, Trade|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Jasper Fforde’s dystopian novel, “Shades of Grey”, set in a distant future where social class in the UK is determined by how many colours a person visually perceives, has certain uncanny parallels with today’s political and media class’s black and white perceptions of Brexit. This is most strikingly apparent in [...]

4 01, 2021

Brexit: The “Deal” is less than it seems

By |2021-01-04T16:26:59+00:00January 4th, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Europe, Trade|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Throughout the month of December commentators and politicians speculated tirelessly on the likelihood of a negotiated trade arrangement between the UK and EU before the end of the year. Many expected that the personal convictions of Boris Johnson and the intransigence of the Conservative Party would prevent the conclusion of [...]