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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

1 10, 2020

Don’t just blame Johnson, blame the Brexit he enabled

By |2020-10-09T11:24:51+00:00October 1st, 2020|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Europe|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Photo credit: Steve Nimmons / CC BY There is a celebrated passage in Marcel Proust’s “Sodom and Gomorrah” where the narrator sums up the nature of a character, Charles Morel, who in some sense encapsulates all that is vile in the values of his milieu. Morel, we are [...]

15 09, 2020

Brexit: The choices become clearer

By |2020-09-17T13:22:12+00:00September 15th, 2020|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Europe|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Mr Johnson’s decision last week to bring in a bill which will contravene a critical portion of the Withdrawal Agreement has at least had the merit of clarifying the real nature of Brexit and thus of the proper path by which it must be opposed. Former Prime Ministers John Major, [...]

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