The UK can show continental Europeans that freedom actually works

Americans have always been rather dramatic when it comes to their patriotic fervour. The United States was “ordained by God,” with a “manifest destiny” to settle the West, possibly even, as Frederick Merk noted, to “build a new heaven”. The “American experience” should materialise as a “shining city upon a hill” – and if you … Read moreThe UK can show continental Europeans that freedom actually works

LSE Continental Breakfast 10: Brexit and multilateralism

Multilateral institutions – from the EU to NATO to the G-summits – are under strain. How does Brexit fit into this trend? Horatio Mortimer (LSE) reports on an expert discussion held at the LSE under Chatham House rules in June 2018. Brexit, Germany and the multilateral system Brexit is bad news for the EU, and perhaps especially … Read moreLSE Continental Breakfast 10: Brexit and multilateralism

The EU is built on myths – and sadly they have all been swallowed by The Guardian

The EU is built on myths. The myth that it’s preserved peace in Europe when NATO has been its main defender; the myth that it leads to an ever closer union which most of its members don’t want to go to; the myth that the euro produces growth and convergence when in it’s benefited Germany … Read moreThe EU is built on myths – and sadly they have all been swallowed by The Guardian

Remaining tied to EU regulations will make trade deals harder in the world’s fastest-growing markets

This week we’ve seen the remaining stages of the Trade Bill debated in the House of Commons. However, after the details of the Chequers agreement and the Brexit White Paper, there is growing concern about whether or not the UK will really have the freedom to do deals that will maximise the growth potential within … Read moreRemaining tied to EU regulations will make trade deals harder in the world’s fastest-growing markets

The Government’s proposed UK-EU legal dispute procedure is based on EU deals with Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia

On 15th July 2018, the new Attorney-General, Geoffrey Cox, wrote to colleagues in the House of Commons and kindly made reference to my Memorandum of 7th July 2018. That memo was based on the brief press statement issued by the Government about the conclusion of the Chequers Cabinet meeting on 6th July 2018. The full … Read moreThe Government’s proposed UK-EU legal dispute procedure is based on EU deals with Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia

Soft Rock: the power shifts in Madrid and London could help Gibraltar

Gibraltar’s border with Spain, and its economic dependence on financial services, mean it has a lot to lose from a hard Brexit. Chris Grocott (University of Leicester) looks at the implications of a new Spanish government and the departures of Boris Johnson and David Davis. June’s change in the Spanish government has been welcomed in Gibraltar. The hard-line Partido Popular has … Read moreSoft Rock: the power shifts in Madrid and London could help Gibraltar

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