MPs back Letwin amendment and prevent vote on Johnson’s deal – how every MP voted

As I feared might be the case this morning, MPs this afternoon voted for Sir Oliver Letwin’s amendment to the Government’s motion endorsing Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal so that MPs were unable to endorse the proposal in a Meaningful Vote, making the emergency “Super Saturday” sitting tantamount to farce. The Letwin amendment – passed by … Read moreMPs back Letwin amendment and prevent vote on Johnson’s deal – how every MP voted

The MPs purporting to be democracy crusaders ought to acknowledge their irrelevance to EU law-making

Members of Parliament do not know their place in the EU food chain. It pains me to point this out, but they are the bottom feeders. The halibuts of European democracy. The flounders. So it turns out there’s a second reason, beyond publicity for his fishing constituency, why the excellent BrexitCentral contributor and doughty former … Read moreThe MPs purporting to be democracy crusaders ought to acknowledge their irrelevance to EU law-making

Forget comparisons to May’s deal – Boris Johnson has secured a good deal in its own right

The narrative amongst many who are sympathetic (or enthusiastic) about Brexit seems to be that Boris Johnson’s deal is miles better than the previous iteration delivered under Theresa May. Comparatively, Johnson’s deal trumps May’s. I agree, but let’s go a step further. This is a good deal, outright, in itself, regardless of comparison. It is … Read moreForget comparisons to May’s deal – Boris Johnson has secured a good deal in its own right

The UK’s sub-national institutions are largely unprepared for the post-Brexit reality

How do British cities deal with Brexit? Robert Gawłowski (WSB University) explains that UK local authorities have been left entirely alone in the process. Without any regulations that would encourage cities to engage in the Brexit process, the vast majority of them have only taken limited actions, such as collecting information about possible outcomes and informing … Read moreThe UK’s sub-national institutions are largely unprepared for the post-Brexit reality

MPs must stop the dither and delay and back Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal today

There have been many big days for us at BrexitCentral in the more than three years we have been chronicling the highs and lows of our journey out of the European Union. And they don’t get much bigger than the first Saturday sitting of the House of Commons since 1982, when MPs are going to … Read moreMPs must stop the dither and delay and back Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal today

Long read: Debunking myths on links between austerity and Brexit

Thiemo Fetzer (University of Warwick) addresses the misunderstandings and the criticisms of his widely-read 2018 paper “Did Austerity Cause Brexit?”. In August 2018 the Guardian Politics liveblog featured the headline: “Brexit is direct result of austerity and cuts like bedroom tax, research suggests.” The blog contained a set of graphs and paragraphs from his paper, which has since been … Read moreLong read: Debunking myths on links between austerity and Brexit

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