Britain’s convoluted and acrimonious negotiations with its EU counterparties seemed to have caused almost the entire UK political and bureaucratic classes to lose sight of the opportunity costs of any putative settlement. Governments have zero resources of their own, only those that they can expropriate from their citizenries. This means that all the expenditures that … Read moreHow a clean-break Brexit could boost the economy and Treasury coffers
Rational debate and the movement of opinion swayed by facts and analysis has always been at the centre of our parliamentary affairs. As a nation we want issues to be decided by this rational process. So it should be with Brexit. The one option we could choose that has not had the attention it has … Read moreWhy a WTO-based exit from the EU is best for the UK
To see what a temporary arrangement for the Northern Irish border might look like, one need look no further than the boundaries of the border itself, established 97 years ago as an initial temporary measure – and still going strong today. The partition of Ireland in 1921 created an initial provisional boundary between North and … Read moreLessons from history on temporary arrangements for the Irish border
This morning BrexitCentral watched Brexit Questions in the House of Commons so you don’t have to, we’ve put together highlights from Ministers of the Department for Exiting the European Union at the dispatch box. Make sure you follow our Twitter account for all of the latest updates and developments. Pro-EU MPs did not argue for … Read moreThat is something “no independent, self-respecting nation could tolerate” – highlights from DExEU Brexit Questions
The EU is taking its gloves off for the bare knuckle last round. Up to now they’ve had no real need to play the hardman, though they have, nevertheless. Theresa has opted for the nice approach, and accepted their demands: the excessive payments, what they wanted on EU citizens and no customs border with Northern … Read moreNo more Monsieur Nice Guy: it’s time to play Barnier at his own dirty game
Across Tuesday 12th June and Wednesday 13th June, MPs voted on the Lords Amendments to the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (see our briefing here for further details of what they were debating). Below is a run down of the results of the 20 divisions: ================ TUESDAY 12TH JUNE Amendment 110 Purpose: to give a parliamentary committee … Read moreHow MPs voted on the Lords Amendments to the EU Withdrawal Bill
A number of things were wrong with the 2016 referendum, including the disenfranchisement of key stakeholders and the extent of misinformation by both sides. Given that referendums should be informed exercises in democratic decision-making, Bruce Ackerman (Yale) and Sir Julian Le Grand (LSE) explain how a referendum on the deal should look like. We are moving to … Read morePeople’s vote: what would a serious Brexit referendum look like?