3 03, 2021

Federalism for the United Kingdom: an answer that raises questions

By |2021-03-04T11:21:22+00:00March 3rd, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Devolution, Federalism, Federalism, Scotland, UK Constitution, UK Devolution|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Federalism is best defined as a system in which constitutional authority is divided between a ‘federal’ tier of government and a set of territorial ‘states’. It is a comprehensive and symmetrical model in which the entirety (or almost the entirety) of the country is covered by states, which have identical [...]

26 02, 2021

The UK’s European and Constitutional Challenges Collide

By |2021-02-26T11:03:50+00:00February 26th, 2021|Categories: Blog, Brexit, Devolution, Europe, Scotland, UK Constitution, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

The UK’s politics failed in the face of Brexit for a mixture of reasons. There were three main causes. First, the ideology and dishonesty at the heart of the pro-Brexiters’ campaigning was, and remains, central. Second, Labour’s opposition to Brexit foundered on internal splits and a leader, Jeremy Corbyn, who [...]

12 02, 2021

Video: The economic disruption of Brexit

By |2021-02-12T14:38:07+00:00February 12th, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Video|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

In his latest video podcast, our Director Brendan Donnelly describes the economic disruption caused by Brexit, especially in Northern Ireland. He warns that attempts by the British government to divert attention from the economic problems of Brexit by stoking disputes with the EU about already signed treaties will be unsuccessful: [...]

4 02, 2021

One year on and citizens are still paying the price of Brexit

By |2021-02-04T15:56:06+00:00February 4th, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Citizens’ rights, Europe, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

by Else Kvist New Europeans London   At 11pm GMT - midnight, Central European Time - on 31 January 2020 the UK left the EU, “not with a bang but with a whimper”, to quote the poet T.S. Eliot. It was a cold windswept night as a rather half-hearted and surprisingly [...]

26 01, 2021

The Row about the Status of the EU-Representation in the UK

By |2021-02-04T13:48:14+00:00January 26th, 2021|Categories: Brexit, EU Policies & Institutions, Europe, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , , , |

by Jaap Hoeksma Philosopher of law and director of Euroknow; Author of “The Case Bundesverfassungsgericht versus EU Court of Justice – Can the EU function as a democracy without forming a State?”   Processes like Brexit tend to bring out the worst in people and institutions. The row between London and Brussels about the diplomatic [...]

12 01, 2021

Britain and the EU – where next?

By |2021-01-12T15:56:00+00:00January 12th, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , , , |

This article was first published by The Brussels Times   Boris Johnson likes to model himself on Winston Churchill but the comparison does not stand up to scrutiny and the conclusion of his Brexit deal was hardly a “Churchillian moment”. In fact, the British Prime Minister gave a surprisingly lack-lustre [...]

12 01, 2021

Britain As A Neutral State? Britain’s Defence Dilemmas post Brexit

By |2021-01-12T12:24:35+00:00January 12th, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Europe, Foreign Policy & Defence, Global|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

“We are experiencing the brain death of NATO” argued President Macron of France after a meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in Paris, November 28, 2019. Britain’s decision on a future defence strategy appears to contain the seeds of further confusion and torpor, particularly as the country becomes more [...]

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 [...]