It’s time the Chancellor came clean about his absurd Project Fear economic modelling

This weekend a large number of economists, businessmen, and politicians have signed a letter asking the Chancellor to publish the work underlying his Brexit forecasts. These forecasts have been leaked by Whitehall to support his gloomy views of the future if we sign either a Canada+ trade agreement with the EU or simply leave with … Read moreIt’s time the Chancellor came clean about his absurd Project Fear economic modelling

The lights are flashing red in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland politics has been brought to a standstill by a combination of geopolitics (Brexit) the novel (a crisis in the Executive over alleged corruption) and the permanent (sectarianism). Duncan Morrow (Ulster University) says little is now propping up Northern Ireland’s institutions. Without a Brexit agreement and commitment to institutional reform, the current impasse already … Read moreThe lights are flashing red in Northern Ireland

Barnier’s Irish border plans, DUP threats and May mooting a customs union – today’s Brexit machinations

For anyone wanting to understand the EU’s position on the crunch issues, Michel Barnier helpfully gave a speech to businesspeople in the European Parliament yesterday (which you can read in full here). He set out key areas of disagreement with Theresa May’s Chequers plan over its customs proposals and plans effectively to keep the UK in … Read moreBarnier’s Irish border plans, DUP threats and May mooting a customs union – today’s Brexit machinations

Weekly round-up of events

This week’s event announcements include: ‘Justice, Injustice and Brexit’ workshop, City Law School, 19 October 2018 ‘Constitutional Supremacy and Judicial Reasoning: Doctrinal Difficulties in Canada and Abroad’, Policy Exchange, 18 October 2018 ~~~ Workshop at City Law School: Justice, Injustice and Brexit Friday 19th October 2018, 10.15am – 4.00pm Organisers:  Tawhida Ahmed and Elaine Fahey, City Law School Participants: … Read moreWeekly round-up of events

My unexpected continental adventures on the road out of the European Union

My appointment to the office of Minister of State for Europe happened in somewhat unorthodox circumstances. It was not, I have to say, an office for which I had ever cherished any great ambition. I had always taken my place squarely on the Eurosceptic wing of the Conservative Party, convinced that Britain would enjoy a … Read moreMy unexpected continental adventures on the road out of the European Union

If ‘pragmatism’ was the right approach Theresa May would be reigning supreme

Theresa May is now trying to convince her Cabinet to back Customs Union membership for the UK. The plan is until further notice and there is no time limit. Her climb-down is humiliation for her reputation, and for the UK. As has been pointed out by Asa Bennett in the Telegraph, she has previously rubbished … Read moreIf ‘pragmatism’ was the right approach Theresa May would be reigning supreme

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