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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 [...]

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 [...]

12 06, 2017

The dilemmas of Brexit have not been changed by the election

By |2017-06-12T21:00:02+00:00June 12th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Europe|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The dilemmas of Brexit have not been changed by the election     by Brendan Donnelly, Director, The Federal Trust 13th June 2017   The parallels between the European referendum of 2016 and the General Election of 2017 are striking. Both were risky and avoidable events, called into being exclusively [...]

30 05, 2017

After the election comes the painful Brexit reality

By |2017-05-30T12:15:35+00:00May 30th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Europe|Tags: , , , , , , |

After the election comes the painful Brexit reality     by Brendan Donnelly, Director, The Federal Trust     It should have come as little surprise that the election called by Mrs. May, supposedly to set the tone for the forthcoming Brexit negotiations, should have contained so little serious discussion [...]

25 04, 2017

The Brexit election will not make Brexit easier for Mrs. May

By |2017-04-25T14:29:28+00:00April 25th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Europe|Tags: , , , , , , |

The Brexit election will not make Brexit easier for Mrs. May   by Brendan Donnelly, Director, The Federal Trust   Announcing her decision to call for a general election in June, the Prime Minister claimed that “every vote for the Conservatives will make me stronger when I negotiate for Britain [...]

11 04, 2017

Pointless soft Brexit, suicidal hard Brexit

By |2017-04-11T09:29:52+00:00April 11th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Europe|Tags: , , , , , |

Pointless soft Brexit, suicidal hard Brexit     By Brendan Donnelly Director, The Federal Trust   In a controversial article last week the associate editor of the Financial Times Wolfgang Muenchau asserted that after the triggering of Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty it was now inevitable that the United [...]

14 03, 2017

Article 50 and the dictatorship of the “democratic” majority

By |2017-03-14T15:50:10+00:00March 14th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Europe|Tags: , , , , |

Article 50 and the dictatorship of the “democratic” majority   By Brendan Donnelly Director, The Federal Trust   During the EU referendum of last year, there was much talk of the supposed estrangement between British voters and their political representatives. The narrow victory of the Brexit camp has since often [...]