25 01, 2017

The Supremes say “Stop in the name of Parliament”

By |2017-01-25T14:41:15+00:00January 25th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Europe|Tags: , , , , , , |

The Supremes say “Stop in the name of Parliament”   By Brendan Donnelly, Director, The Federal Trust     On general principles of good governance yesterday’s decision of the Supreme Court must be welcomed. Most Parliamentarians are profoundly uneasy at the erratic course Mrs. May and her government have steered [...]

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 [...]

4 11, 2016

A “Titanic” success for the government in the High Court

By |2016-11-07T09:39:20+00:00November 4th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Europe|Tags: , , , , , |

  By Brendan Donnelly, Director, The Federal Trust   When challenged about its claimed right to initiate the process of taking the United Kingdom out of the European Union without Parliamentary consent, Mrs. May’s government has relied on two arguments, one legal and one political. The first is that the [...]

2 09, 2016

“When we have decided what you voted for, we will tell you.”

By |2016-09-02T13:46:41+00:00September 2nd, 2016|Categories: Blog, Europe|Tags: , , , |

  by Brendan Donnelly, Director, The Federal Trust   It used to be claimed during the Cold War that in the countries of the Soviet bloc elections could not take place until the government had decided what their result should be. Here, we order these matters differently. We had a [...]

5 08, 2016

Brexit, what Brexit?

By |2016-08-17T06:59:58+00:00August 5th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Europe|Tags: , , |

  by Brendan Donnelly, Director, The Federal Trust   Recently installed as she is at 10 Downing Street, Theresa May has probably not yet given much thought to her resignation honours list when she ceases to be Prime Minister. If she does, an obvious candidate for preferment should be the [...]

29 06, 2016

We have seen the future and it doesn’t work

By |2016-06-29T10:13:23+00:00June 29th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Europe|Tags: , , , , |

  By Brendan Donnelly, Director, The Federal Trust   It was a favourite dictum of the late Robin Leigh Pemberton, former Governor of the Bank of England, that it was easy to predict the future but impossible to know when it would happen. Events since 23rd June have more than [...]

26 04, 2016

BREXIT: The Northern Irish dimension

By |2016-05-04T10:12:37+00:00April 26th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Europe, UK Devolution|Tags: , , , , |

  by Brendan Donnelly, Director, The Federal Trust   This article was first published on the LSE BrexitVote blog. Much concern has already been expressed by some British commentators  about the possible implications for Scotland of a vote for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union on 23rd June. [...]

26 04, 2016

Ever closer union – neither a goal nor an aspiration, but a process

By |2016-05-04T10:13:24+00:00April 26th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Europe|Tags: , , |

  by Brendan Donnelly, Director, The Federal Trust   This article was first published on the LSE BrexitVote blog. When the Conservative members of the European Parliament first formed in the early 1990s a joint parliamentary group with the MEPs from the European Peoples Party, there was a certain condescending [...]

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