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 [...]

24 11, 2020

Brexit, the City and equivalence

By |2020-11-24T12:24:14+00:00November 24th, 2020|Categories: Blog, Brexit, Trade & Financial services|Tags: , , , , , , , |

As discussions on an EU/UK trade deal post transition are now nearing the end, the City of London continues to worry about where it will be left from 1st January 2021. Financial services are not part of the main FTA agreement as had been hoped. Instead the City feels like [...]

23 11, 2020

The Arrow of Time and Brexit

By |2020-11-24T09:18:15+00:00November 23rd, 2020|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Europe|Tags: , , , , , |

“Time is running short.” This refrain was first expressed in June by Prime Minister Johnson and Commission President von der Leyen in their conference call, supposedly with the aim of  injecting urgency into the ongoing UK/EU negotiations on their future relations after the end of the Transition Period. It has [...]

20 11, 2020

The UK will never be ready for Brexit

By |2020-11-20T13:52:03+00:00November 20th, 2020|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Europe, Trade|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

The National Audit Office released last week a report on preparations for the end of the transition period after Brexit. The report was critical of the government for the inadequacy of these preparations and in particular for its failure to foresee and respond to the predictable administrative consequences of Brexit. [...]