13 05, 2021

Video: “Brexit – The Elephant in the Room of UK Politics”

By |2021-05-21T11:50:24+00:00May 13th, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Devolution, Federalism, Scotland, UK Constitution, Video|Tags: , , , , , , , |

In this video, our Chairman John Stevens and Director Brendan Donnelly discuss the recent round of elections in the UK. They predict that British political parties will find it difficult to continue ignoring Brexit in their campaigning as Covid-19 retreats and the economic damage of Brexit mounts:   Subscribe to our YouTube channel   [...]

4 05, 2021

Building Bridges in times of Divergence

By |2021-05-04T15:10:19+00:00May 4th, 2021|Categories: Brexit, EU Policies & Institutions, Europe, Future of Europe|Tags: , , , , , , |

Within ten days after the finalisation of the UK withdrawal from the EU, the European Union is to start an ambitious Conference on the Future of Europe. The aim of the Conference is to discuss the place of the citizens in the construction of the Union and to underpin European [...]

23 04, 2021

Video: The End of the United Kingdom? It may come sooner than we think

By |2021-04-23T13:56:40+00:00April 23rd, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Devolution, Federalism, Scotland, UK Constitution, Video|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

In this video, our Council member John Palmer and Senior Research Fellow Dr Andrew Blick discuss the threats to the internal cohesion of the United Kingdom arising from Brexit and Covid-19. They believe in particular that it will be difficult to avoid holding a second referendum on independence for Scotland. [...]

23 04, 2021

100 Days of Brexit – the Phoney War Against Europe

By |2021-04-23T10:47:08+00:00April 23rd, 2021|Categories: Blog, Brexit, Europe, Trade, Trade & Financial services|Tags: , , , , , , |

The first months of Brexit are a bit like the phoney war of autumn 1939 and winter-spring of 1940. No-one really know what its full impact will be. One thing is certain. Brexit has not been “done”. We are entering the era of “Brexiternity”. In so many ways Brexit is [...]

19 04, 2021

Video: Brexit and the City of London: April 2021 Update

By |2021-04-19T14:45:31+00:00April 19th, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Trade, Trade & Financial services, Video|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Our Council member Graham Bishop provides an update on the Brexit 'hit' to the City of London, following his recent and well-received blog and video conversation with the Director of the Federal Trust, Brendan Donnelly, on "Brexit: Ending the City’s Dominance of European Finance?". In this April video update, he [...]

13 04, 2021

Labour, Brexit and the constitution: Waiting for the dog to bark

By |2021-04-13T13:19:30+00:00April 13th, 2021|Categories: Blog, Brexit, Europe, UK Constitution|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The UK faces various serious difficulties at present that share a common cause. Brexit does not explain each of them in its entirety. But it is fundamental to an understanding of them all. There is already clear evidence of departure from the EU’s inflicting substantial economic damage on the UK. [...]

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 [...]

26 03, 2021

From fishing fleets to breweries, companies in the north-east face ruin under the Brexit deal

By |2021-03-26T13:12:47+00:00March 26th, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Trade, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

by Baroness Quin The Rt Hon. Baroness Joyce Quin is a member of the House of Lords.  She previously served in both the European Parliament and the House of Commons where she was MP for Gateshead. She was a government minister between 1997 and 2001 including being Minister for Europe. [...]

22 03, 2021

First America.  Now Europe. Nationalist Populist Politics Losing Appeal Except in Britain

By |2021-03-24T14:54:25+00:00March 22nd, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , , , |

by Denis MacShane Former Minister for Europe. His latest book Brexiternity. The Uncertain Fate of Britain is published by IB Tauris-Bloomsbury. Recent elections in Europe raise the question: Is the decade of populism over? For ten years the heralds of populism from the Dutch-American Professor, Cas Mudde, a  favourite of the Guardian on the [...]

12 03, 2021

Video: “After Brexit: Are the EU and UK on a Collision Course?”

By |2021-03-15T10:35:15+00:00March 12th, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Devolution, Europe, Scotland, Trade, Trade & Financial services, Video|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

In this video, our Chairman, John Stevens, and Director, Brendan Donnelly, discuss the likely future course of EU-UK relations and whether the two are on a collision course. They expect that friction will be the dominant feature of the relationship, and predict that a political force will emerge in the medium term [...]