1 06, 2022

Brexit Can Be Undone

By |2022-06-27T15:28:05+00:00June 1st, 2022|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Global|Tags: , , , , , , |

The damaging consequences of Brexit become clearer every day. The longer Brexit continues, the more damage it will do. In response, the Federal Trust is launching a new project entitled "Brexit Can Be Undone", looking at ways of rejoining the EU. We are currently fundraising for this study. Please follow [...]

25 03, 2022

VIDEO: Getting Brexit Undone: In small steps or with a Big Bang?

By |2022-03-25T14:48:51+00:00March 25th, 2022|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Video|Tags: , , , , , , |

In this new video, John Stevens and Brendan Donnelly discuss the idea of some pro-Europeans, including now the Liberal Democrats, that the UK should seek to rejoin the EU by small steps. They conclude that such gradualism has little chance of success, since it will be unattractive to the EU [...]

14 01, 2022

VIDEO: “Brexit – What Rejoiners Can Learn from UKIP”

By |2022-01-14T15:16:11+00:00January 14th, 2022|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Video|Tags: , , , |

In this Federal Trust video, our Director Brendan Donnelly argues that opponents of Brexit have no reason to conceal their desire to rejoin the European Union. On the contrary, they can imitate the vigour and outspokenness of Brexit’s advocates in the first fifteen years of this century:    

22 11, 2021

Statement by Federal Trust about Re-joining Europe

By |2021-11-23T11:16:46+00:00November 22nd, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Council, Europe|Tags: |

For over 75 years, the Federal Trust has studied the interactions between regional, national, European, and global levels of government. It has nurtured a particular interest in the European Union and Britain’s place in it. We have warned that Brexit could seriously damage Britain’s prosperity and standing in the world. [...]

7 10, 2021

Video: “The Brexit Taboo in British Politics”

By |2021-10-07T13:10:42+00:00October 7th, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Video|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

In this video, the Director of the Federal Trust, Brendan Donnelly, talks about the reluctance of British politicians to discuss Brexit honestly and seriously. In particular, he disagrees with those who wish to rejoin the EU but are afraid to say so. He argues that those who want the UK [...]

23 07, 2021

Video: “Freedom Day, Cummings and Brexit – That Was the Week That Was”

By |2021-07-23T12:33:12+00:00July 23rd, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Coronavirus, Europe, Video|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The week beginning 19th July was an eventful one in British politics. Our Director Brendan Donnelly discusses Freedom Day, Dominic Cummings and the Northern Ireland Protocol. He concludes that Boris Johnson’s position is shakier than it seems. So is the future of the UK under Johnson’s Premiership:   Watch previous [...]

9 07, 2021

Video: “Brexit – Which way back into Europe for the UK?”

By |2021-07-09T12:30:50+00:00July 9th, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Video|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

In this video conversation, Dr Michael Lloyd of Global Policy Institute and our Director Brendan Donnelly discuss how, when and whether the UK will rejoin the EU. Michael advocates first joining the European Economic Area as a possible first step towards rejoining the European Union, while Brendan argues that it [...]

30 06, 2021

Video: “Brexit – So little said, so much to say”

By |2021-06-30T13:10:44+00:00June 30th, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Video|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

In this video, our Director Brendan Donnelly criticises the main British political parties for their reluctance to talk about Brexit. He thinks this reluctance stems primarily from calculations of political advantage. These calculations may however be mistaken. The Labour Party in particular may end up alienating all its potential supporters. [...]

29 06, 2021

Exploiting and transcending the Johnson binary: the prospects for an electoral pact

By |2021-06-29T15:49:24+00:00June 29th, 2021|Categories: Blog, Brexit, UK Constitution|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Division has been central to the electoral strength of the Johnson Conservative Party. It might also prove key to understanding its potential weakness. Conservative victory in December 2019 was achieved partly through identifying a social cleavage and securing a large proportion of the support of those on one side of [...]

22 01, 2021

Video podcast: Brexit can’t work

By |2021-01-22T13:59:50+00:00January 22nd, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Video|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

In this new video, our director Brendan Donnelly discusses why Brexit cannot be made to “work” without considerable accompanying political and economic drawbacks. He argues that those who wish for the UK to rejoin the EU should start making the intellectual for this now:     Click here to read [...]

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