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11 09, 2019

The UK needs a Brexit Referendum not a Brexit Election

By |2019-09-11T11:13:05+00:00September 11th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Europe|Tags: , , , |

by Brendan DonnellyDirector, The Federal Trust 11th September 2019 Parliamentary opponents of Brexit, and in particular opponents of “no deal”, are understandably encouraged by the passing of legislation designed to prevent the Johnson government from taking the UK out of the EU without a Withdrawal Agreement on 31st October. It [...]

2 09, 2019

Brexit: Moderate Conservative MPs must stop complaining and start acting

By |2019-09-02T13:03:12+00:00September 2nd, 2019|Categories: Blog, Europe|Tags: , , , |

“We can tolerate neither our vices nor their cures” (Livy, Roman historian, 1st century AD) by Brendan DonnellyDirector, The Federal Trust 2nd September 2019 The recent unexpectedly lengthy prorogation of Parliament, carried out with brutal speed and secrecy, should be a salutary reminder to those hoping to prevent a “no [...]

28 03, 2019

Where Next with Parliament’s Voting Procedures on the Multiple Options?

By |2020-05-04T09:45:44+00:00March 28th, 2019|Categories: Brexit|Tags: , , , |

by Ira StrausChair, Center for War-Peace Studies 28th March 2019 In setting forth procedures for deciding its preference among the multiple Brexit options, Parliament has shown wisdom on one point, unwisdom on another. It is wise in allowing five calendar days for its members to converse and caucus among one [...]

20 02, 2019

Parliamentary Control of Brexit is Easier Said Than Done

By |2019-02-22T10:25:41+00:00February 20th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Europe|Tags: , , , , , , , |

by Brendan DonnellyDirector, The Federal Trust 20th February 2019 A frequent criticism of the Prime Minister is that she prematurely triggered the Article 50 negotiations in March 2017 and did so without a realistic plan for their conduct. If she had waited longer and planned better, her critics contend, she [...]

10 02, 2017

How long will Parliament ignore the 48% ?

By |2017-02-10T10:26:35+00:00February 10th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Europe|Tags: , , , , , , |

How long will Parliament ignore the 48%?       by Brendan Donnelly, Director, The Federal Trust   David Jones, the Minister for Brexit, assured the House of Commons this week that it would have the opportunity to vote on the treaty negotiated by Mrs. May’s government to bring about [...]

25 01, 2017

The Supremes say “Stop in the name of Parliament”

By |2017-01-25T14:41:15+00:00January 25th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Europe|Tags: , , , , , , |

The Supremes say “Stop in the name of Parliament”   By Brendan Donnelly, Director, The Federal Trust     On general principles of good governance yesterday’s decision of the Supreme Court must be welcomed. Most Parliamentarians are profoundly uneasy at the erratic course Mrs. May and her government have steered [...]

4 11, 2016

A “Titanic” success for the government in the High Court

By |2016-11-07T09:39:20+00:00November 4th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Europe|Tags: , , , , , |

  By Brendan Donnelly, Director, The Federal Trust   When challenged about its claimed right to initiate the process of taking the United Kingdom out of the European Union without Parliamentary consent, Mrs. May’s government has relied on two arguments, one legal and one political. The first is that the [...]