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28 11, 2018

Blame Brexit, not Theresa May

By |2018-11-29T08:29:52+00:00November 28th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Europe|Tags: , , , , , , |

Blame Brexit, not Theresa May 28th November 2018     by Brendan Donnelly Director, The Federal Trust   In the confused discussion surrounding the Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration negotiated by Mrs. May with the EU 27, two particular criticisms are frequently voiced. Mrs. May, we are told on all [...]

23 04, 2018

Brexit: Anything could happen in the next half year

By |2018-04-23T11:47:00+00:00April 23rd, 2018|Categories: Blog, Europe|Tags: , , , , , |

By Brendan Donnelly Director, The Federal Trust     23rd April 2018   Last week saw two potentially important developments in the continuing campaign against Brexit. There was a significant defeat for the government in the House of Lords on the subject of the Customs Union (CU); and a coalition [...]

27 03, 2018

Labour’s Brexit Options: Starmer’s Step in the Right Direction

By |2018-03-27T12:42:48+00:00March 27th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Europe|Tags: , , , , |

  By Brendan Donnelly Director, The Federal Trust   27th March 2018   Last week was a difficult period for those inclined to argue that the Labour Party is or may become an effective political vehicle for opposition to Brexit. To the applause of John Redwood, Jeremy Corbyn dismissed Owen [...]

3 03, 2018

Is Brexit worth it, Prime Minister?

By |2018-03-05T12:13:09+00:00March 3rd, 2018|Categories: Blog, Europe|Tags: , , , , , |

by Brendan Donnelly Director, The Federal Trust 3rd March 2018   After her speech yesterday about the Brexit negotiations, the Prime Minister was asked by a German journalist whether she thought Brexit was worth all the effort and disruption it entailed. Although British withdrawal from the EU is probably the [...]

19 12, 2017

Brexit is a blank sheet of paper that can never be filled in

By |2017-12-19T12:14:05+00:00December 19th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Europe|Tags: , , , , |

by Brendan Donnelly, Director, The Federal Trust 19th December 2017   The frenzied negotiations to conclude the first phase of Brexit negotiations have usefully clarified the real choices faced by the British government in the second phase. The ambiguous and variously defined terms “soft” and “hard” Brexit have outlived their usefulness. [...]

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 [...]

1 11, 2017

“Hard Brexit or no Brexit?”, that is the question

By |2017-11-02T10:24:29+00:00November 1st, 2017|Categories: Blog, Europe|Tags: , , , , , |

  By Brendan Donnelly, Director, The Federal Trust 1st November 2017   In his recent testimony to the House of Lords, Sir Ivan Rogers, former British Permanent Representative to the European Union, criticized as premature and ill-prepared the Prime Minister’s triggering last March of Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty. [...]

1 09, 2017

BREXIT: Labour makes a move but is it in the right direction?

By |2017-09-18T12:20:43+00:00September 1st, 2017|Categories: Blog, Europe|Tags: , , , , |

BREXIT: Labour makes a move but is it in the right direction?     By Brendan Donnelly, Director, The Federal Trust 1st September 2017   The recent article by Keir Starmer, Labour spokesman on Brexit, setting out the Party’s commitment to continued British membership of the EU single market and [...]

15 08, 2017

The Brexit transition deal debate: an exercise in futility

By |2017-09-18T12:21:04+00:00August 15th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Europe|Tags: , , , , , , , |

  by Brendan Donnelly, Director, The Federal Trust 15th August 2017   On almost every day since Theresa May went on holiday in late July, the British public has been treated to the contradictory and often self-contradictory thoughts of various ministers about the desirability, inevitability or unacceptability of a “transition” [...]

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 [...]