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9 10, 2019

Johnson and Corbyn: Two peas from the same pod?

By |2019-10-22T12:30:51+00:00October 9th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Europe|Tags: , , , , , |

As the deadline of 31st October approaches, it becomes daily clearer that a plausible path exists for the prevention of a “no deal” Brexit and indeed for the prevention of any kind of Brexit. The dangerous incompetence of Boris Johnson’s government on the European issue has finally persuaded many, probably [...]

31 05, 2019

The European Elections: Signs of things to come for Brexit

By |2019-05-31T10:27:03+00:00May 31st, 2019|Categories: Blog, Europe|Tags: , , |

by Brendan DonnellyDirector, The Federal Trust 31st May 2019 The European Elections mark an important watershed in the Brexit process. They show that the Conservative Party will never accept a negotiated Withdrawal Agreement from the European Union; made a General Election later this year considerably more likely; moved the Labour [...]

17 04, 2019

European Elections in the UK: A Brexit turning-point?

By |2019-04-17T10:58:04+00:00April 17th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Europe|Tags: , , |

by Brendan DonnellyDirector, The Federal Trust 17th April 2019 It is easy to sympathise with last week’s reluctance of President Macron and other EU-27 leaders to endorse an extension of the Article 50 Brexit negotiations until the end of October 2019. There is a real chance that in six months [...]

28 03, 2019

Only a national government can prevent “no deal” Brexit

By |2019-04-01T09:25:22+00:00March 28th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Europe|Tags: , , , , |

by Brendan DonnellyDirector, The Federal Trust 28th March 2019 At the time of writing it seems unlikely that the Withdrawal Agreement will be accepted by Parliament on 29th March, the day originally set for the UK to leave the EU. Parliament has decided that in these circumstances it will hold [...]

18 03, 2019

BREXIT: “No Deal” is still on the table

By |2019-03-25T10:52:06+00:00March 18th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Europe|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

by Brendan DonnellyDirector, The Federal Trust 18th March 2019 UPDATE 25/03/19:Last week the European Council gave the United Kingdom two further weeks to come up with a plan for avoiding a “no deal” Brexit. It is now up to Parliament to adopt such a plan and make the government adopt [...]

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 [...]

1 02, 2019

Brexit: Will Parliament decide in February what it failed to decide in January?

By |2019-02-20T12:19:26+00:00February 1st, 2019|Categories: Blog, Europe|Tags: , , , , |

by Brendan DonnellyDirector, The Federal Trust 1st February 2019 Four conclusions emerge from the series of votes on Brexit in the House of Commons this week (29th January): • First, this government is so paralysed by internal division that it is incapable of pursuing any coherent policy in the negotiations. [...]

16 01, 2019

Brexit: Can Parliament take control?

By |2019-02-20T11:56:40+00:00January 16th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Europe|Tags: , , , , |

by Brendan DonnellyDirector, The Federal Trust 16th January 2019   A weakened Prime Minister It is significant and appropriate that the Conservative MPs who voted on 15th January against the Prime Minister’s Withdrawal Agreement from the European Union should have been drawn from opposing wings of her Party. While the [...]

17 12, 2018

Brexit: A national government or “no deal”

By |2019-01-16T13:28:14+00:00December 17th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Europe|Tags: , , , , |

Brexit: A national government or “no deal” by Brendan DonnellyDirector, The Federal Trust 18th December 2018 In a recent article for the New York Times, the distinguished historian of the Conservative Party, Professor Tim Bale, argued that the “will to power” of the Conservative Party would enable it in the [...]

28 11, 2018

Blame Brexit, not Theresa May

By |2018-11-29T08:29:52+00:00November 28th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Europe|Tags: , , , , , , |

Blame Brexit, not Theresa May 28th November 2018     by Brendan Donnelly Director, The Federal Trust   In the confused discussion surrounding the Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration negotiated by Mrs. May with the EU 27, two particular criticisms are frequently voiced. Mrs. May, we are told on all [...]