It is time the Conservative and Labour parties united in support of a Canada+++ deal

What is going to happen if the Prime Minister’s Brexit deal fails to secure parliamentary support? Are we really facing a catastrophic “no deal” scenario? Very probably not. “No deal” – at least in its extreme form – is so obviously in nobody’s interest that it is very unlikely to happen. It is much more … Read moreIt is time the Conservative and Labour parties united in support of a Canada+++ deal

Global Britain: The Future of UK Sanctions Policy

Sanctions under scrutiny The House of Commons Foreign Affairs committee has launched an inquiry into the future of UK sanctions policy to “explore and evaluate” different options for the UK’s approach to sanctions policy after leaving the EU. In launching the inquiry the committee underlines that “Sanctions are an essential instrument of foreign policy, enabling … Read moreGlobal Britain: The Future of UK Sanctions Policy

Ministers should not believe a resolution to the bogus ‘backstop’ problem clears the way to a deal

It’s impossible to know for certain what deal the Prime Minister and her advisers are planning to spring on the Cabinet, Parliament and the country over the coming days; all that’s for sure is that they are, we are told, about to come up with something. The signals have, however, been clear enough, so that … Read moreMinisters should not believe a resolution to the bogus ‘backstop’ problem clears the way to a deal

Central and Eastern Europe after Brexit: fear of domination, fear of abandonment

Where does Brexit leave Central and Eastern Europe? On the one hand, it pulls the centre of EU gravity eastwards, further away from the Atlantic. On the other, it leaves the region vulnerable on its eastern frontier. Alina Bârgăoanu (Harvard) explains why these states feel abandoned and fear domination by Germany. The Euractiv journalist Peter Wilding … Read moreCentral and Eastern Europe after Brexit: fear of domination, fear of abandonment

European solidarity? Explaining EU citizens’ attitudes towards economic redistribution in the age of Brexit

What’s happening to European solidarity in the wake of Brexit? In this blog, Nicholas Charron and Monika Bauhr (University of Gothenburg) explains EU citizens’ attitudes towards cohesion policy. They find that less than one-half of EU citizens have even heard of the policy itself, while roughly one-third claim they have ‘benefitted from some EU project in their area’. … Read moreEuropean solidarity? Explaining EU citizens’ attitudes towards economic redistribution in the age of Brexit

Thus far we’ve seen a masterclass in how not to negotiate but Theresa May could yet turn things around

Reaching a deal with the EU was never going to be easy, and there was no chance whatsoever of agreeing something that would satisfy everybody. But we appear to be heading for an agreement with Brussels that nobody at all is happy with. According to some Leave voters, the person responsible, Theresa May, is a … Read moreThus far we’ve seen a masterclass in how not to negotiate but Theresa May could yet turn things around

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