The European Commission’s negotiating mindset is dictated by emotions rather than pragmatic politics

Britain is leaving the EU and some of my fellow continental Europeans are struggling to control their emotions. They get carried away by grievance (“the Brits are spoiling it for us”), temptation of revenge (“we will make them pay for this”) and the need for exemplary punishment (“the EU is perfect”) in order to prevent … Read moreThe European Commission’s negotiating mindset is dictated by emotions rather than pragmatic politics

Financial sleaze and the abuse of taxpayers’ cash in Brussels is a reminder of why we voted to Leave

One of the reasons the British came out for Leave was the spectacle of EU officials and Commissioners lavishing taxpayers’ money on their own perks and fripperies. Leave voters knew that for over two decades the European Commission had consistently failed annual audits by the EU’s own Court of Auditors. They also knew the UK … Read moreFinancial sleaze and the abuse of taxpayers’ cash in Brussels is a reminder of why we voted to Leave

Long read: Can the UK capitalise on its service-based economy for trade diversification post Brexit?

As concerns increase over the prospects for a positive post-Brexit agreement with the EU on the terms of exit, much attention continues to be focused on the attractiveness and viability of UK trade diversification. Our first post concluded that physical distance still matters in economic relations between countries and that the role of gravity when considering … Read moreLong read: Can the UK capitalise on its service-based economy for trade diversification post Brexit?

Lexit undermines the Left – it will be no prize for Labour

Brexit has been very divisive for the Left in Britain. While some socialist intellectuals claim that it is a prize within reach for the Labour movement, it remains largely a neo-colonial project of a ‘Global Britain’, writes Peter J. Verovšek. He argues that the case for Lexit ignores the right-wing roots of the EU referendum, and that … Read moreLexit undermines the Left – it will be no prize for Labour

Just how wrong is the Brexiteer view of an anti-market EU? Ask Canada or Australia

Just how wrong is the Brexiteer view of an anti-market EU? Ask Canada or Australia, write Craig Parsons and Benedikt Springer. Brexiteers have frequently characterized the EU as a regulatory nightmare that impedes Britain’s traditional commitment to global openness and free trade. Well-informed observers generally know this is implausible—the EU is built around deep “single market” liberalisation, and … Read moreJust how wrong is the Brexiteer view of an anti-market EU? Ask Canada or Australia

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