The EU’s “ever tighter union” needs informed debate, not blowing things up

Supporters of a hard Brexit have cited research by Matthias Matthijs, Craig Parsons and Christina Toenshoff to make their case – but these political-economy scholars see their work pointing in other directions. Describing the EU as an “ever tighter union,” their research highlights that some constraints on member states are now stronger than those on … Read moreThe EU’s “ever tighter union” needs informed debate, not blowing things up

Not always so Eurosceptic: Britain and the inter-war dream of European unity

Britain has not always been reluctant to countenance European unity. Tommaso Milani (LSE) recalls the intellectual impetus for a European community in the inter-war period, which was driven by a desire for peace and, from some, the left-wing case for a socialist European economy. As history is written and rewritten in constant dialogue with the … Read moreNot always so Eurosceptic: Britain and the inter-war dream of European unity

Joseph Crampin: Precedent for Delaying Royal Assent: A Response to Professor Finnis

The ‘Cooper-Letwin Act’ (European Union Withdrawal (No 5) Act 2019) may yet come to be known as the constitutional crisis that wasn’t. But, the advocacy by some of the Government’s ability to advise the crown to refuse assent in order to legitimately prevent the Bill from becoming law has provoked significant debate. The object of … Read moreJoseph Crampin: Precedent for Delaying Royal Assent: A Response to Professor Finnis

The next Tory leader needs to be a Brexiteer from outside the current Cabinet

Now that we know there will be a Conservative Party leadership election this year – and possibly sooner rather than later – various potential contenders have begun setting out their stalls in articles, speeches and at events, under the guise of visions for the future, a new approach to Brexit and the changes needed to … Read moreThe next Tory leader needs to be a Brexiteer from outside the current Cabinet

A bad Withdrawal Agreement can be renegotiated in the context of post-Brexit realism and international law

In the below article, Patrick Minford writes in a personal capacity.   In the latest discussions on the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration (WAPD), two views have emerged about the UK’s future choices. One, which I will call the lawyer view, is that once signed, the WAPD binds the UK indefinitely; this view is held … Read moreA bad Withdrawal Agreement can be renegotiated in the context of post-Brexit realism and international law

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