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25 10, 2019

A People’s Vote: Take care what you wish for

By |2020-05-04T09:43:27+00:00October 25th, 2019|Categories: Brexit|Tags: , , |

by John Leech, Council Member, The Federal Trust 25th October 2019 The People’s Vote would be the third time that the British public has been asked for their opinion on membership of a united Europe: In 1975, two years after joining the European Communities, to confirm that act; in 2016, [...]

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 [...]

18 05, 2018

Brexit: A “meaningful” vote for MPs implies a “meaningful” vote for the people

By |2018-05-18T10:34:09+00:00May 18th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Europe|Tags: , , , , , |

by Brendan Donnelly, Director, The Federal Trust 18th May 2018   The Conservative Cabinet has spent the past month in public controversy about the customs regime to be applied on the island of Ireland after Brexit. It is widely recognised that neither of the two favoured solutions canvassed within the [...]

2 09, 2016

“When we have decided what you voted for, we will tell you.”

By |2016-09-02T13:46:41+00:00September 2nd, 2016|Categories: Blog, Europe|Tags: , , , |

  by Brendan Donnelly, Director, The Federal Trust   It used to be claimed during the Cold War that in the countries of the Soviet bloc elections could not take place until the government had decided what their result should be. Here, we order these matters differently. We had a [...]

26 04, 2016

Sovereignty – in whose hands and for what?

By |2016-05-04T09:55:04+00:00April 26th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Europe|Tags: , , , , |

by Monica Threlfall (writing in a personal capacity), Reader in European Politics, London Metropolitan University   The Leave people are always saying they want “our sovereignty back“. But for what purpose? What is this sovereignty and for whom is it supposed to work? Not for ordinary people. Sovereignty is a [...]

29 02, 2016

How Future UK European Referendums Might Happen

By |2016-02-29T13:43:47+00:00February 29th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Europe|Tags: , , , , |

by Dr Tim Oliver, Dahrendorf Fellow on Europe-North America Relations, LSE Ideas   Further referendums on Britain’s European question could happen whatever the result of June’s vote. In a recent report for the Federal Trust, Why the EU Referendum Will Not be the End of the Story, Dr Tim Oliver [...]