Theresa May has invited a vegan and a teetotaller round for dinner, and having hidden in the kitchen for two years, finally she must serve her coq au vin Original source: http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/theresa-may-donald-tusk-jean-claude-juncker-brexit-brussels-press-conference-extension-transition-a8590936.html
As the clock runs down on Article 50, a political crisis is looking increasingly likely. However, Iain Begg argues that this could become a more damaging constitutional crisis if Parliament is unable to settle how Brexit proceeds. With barely five months to go until the 29 March deadline for the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, … Read moreThe UK is heading towards a frightening constitutional crisis over Brexit
Last December the Government signed up to what has become known as the Northern Irish backstop. This demands that in the event of no deal being agreed between the EU and the UK, Northern Ireland would stay in the Customs Union. I was against the Government agreeing this at the time as I believed it … Read moreThe car industry’s prophecies of doom must not be allowed to prevent Brexit
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
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
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?
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