23 12, 2020

Brexit and Covid-19: The year ends as it has taken place

By |2020-12-23T13:43:13+00:00December 23rd, 2020|Categories: Blog, Brexit, Coronavirus, Europe, Europe|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The last weeks of 2020 will provide a slew of illustrative material for future historians wishing to highlight the moral and administrative decline of the British state in face of the challenges of Brexit and Covid-19. Pride of place will go to the twin nominations to the House of Lords [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

26 11, 2020

Video podcast: Johnson’s Brexit Dilemma – No good outcome in sight

By |2020-11-26T14:44:56+00:00November 26th, 2020|Categories: Brexit, Video|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Watch our Director Brendan Donnelly discussing why the choice which Johnson now faces between a poor Brexit "deal" and "no deal" are a fitting climax to the chaotic and incoherent Brexit process:   You can also read his  blog on this topic here: Johnson’s Brexit Dilemma: No good outcome in sight [...]

25 11, 2020

Johnson’s Brexit Dilemma: No good outcome in sight

By |2020-11-25T13:04:12+00:00November 25th, 2020|Categories: Brexit, Devolution, Europe, Europe|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Shortly after the EU referendum of 2016, a “former Conservative minister” supposedly remarked that Brexit would force the Conservative Party to choose between destroying the country and destroying itself. Both the attribution and exact wording of this epigram may be questioned, but precisely this choice is the dilemma with which [...]

9 11, 2020

Get ready for friction?

By |2020-11-14T13:14:41+00:00November 9th, 2020|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Europe, Trade|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Political slogans, by their nature, often tend to over-simplify or even deceive. This tendency is presumably eternal and certainly preceded the Brexit experience. However, the insistence on certain questionable mantras has been exceptionally prominent to the project of removing the United Kingdom (UK) from the European Union (EU). They have [...]

23 10, 2020

No-Deal Brexit: The Path of Least Resistance for Boris Johnson?

By |2020-11-14T12:51:57+00:00October 23rd, 2020|Categories: Brexit, Video|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

In this video podcast, our Director Brendan Donnelly discusses the restart of the Brexit negotiations. He argues that "No Deal" is still a possible outcome:  

22 10, 2020

A Difficult Choice for Johnson: A Brexit deal or no deal

By |2020-11-14T12:42:26+00:00October 22nd, 2020|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Europe|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

News that the Brexit talks were to be resumed sent the external value of the pound back up again. Political commentators, especially in the UK, began to predict the relatively rapid conclusion of an agreement on future trade relations between the UK and the EU. They pointed in particular to [...]

8 10, 2020

The Red Wall – Myths and Reality

By |2020-10-09T12:29:14+00:00October 8th, 2020|Categories: Blog, Brexit, UK|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Photo credit: UK Parliament/ CC BY 3.0 by Baroness Quin Former Europe Minister and Labour MP         The biggest myth about the Red Wall is that it was all about Brexit and that the Red Wall seats, which had voted Leave in the 2016 Referendum, [...]