We need to reject the current deal and prepare for a WTO exit while seeking a renegotiated settlement

With the parliamentary debate on the proposed Brexit deal having recommenced, constructive dialogue and a dose of reality are now needed to take our country forward. Despite her best efforts, the Prime Minister will not be able to secure a majority for the deal – so now attention must turn to the future and getting … Read moreWe need to reject the current deal and prepare for a WTO exit while seeking a renegotiated settlement

Some New Year’s Resolutions for the Government

Conservative MP Marcus Fysh offers the following suggestions of New Year’s resolutions for government ministers… I will stop being pessimistic about Brexit, will honour the EU Referendum result, and will keep Conservative manifesto promises to leave the EU’s Single Market and Customs Union. I will take pride in devoting the civil service’s vast capability to … Read moreSome New Year’s Resolutions for the Government

If the EU can’t offer May a fudge now, the responsibility for a no-deal departure is theirs

According to TS Eliot, April is the cruellest month. In 2019 January, February and March are going to run it pretty close. The outcome is as unpredictable as Trump’s mental processes. Unlike the pundittieri I’ve got neither crystal balls nor a God-given ability to predict the future. Fortunately, also unlike them, I’m not driven by … Read moreIf the EU can’t offer May a fudge now, the responsibility for a no-deal departure is theirs

How a second referendum could be the best way to overcome the Brexit impasse

A new vote based on the revocation (or not) of Article 50 would give the UK government a clear signal to proceed in one direction or another, and thus trim down the number of options being touted – most of which are unworkable as things stand, write Maria Dimertzis (Bruegel) and Nicola Viegi (University of Pretoria). … Read moreHow a second referendum could be the best way to overcome the Brexit impasse

Even without a deal, our answer still remains the same: Leave

The clock is ticking; in the coming days, Theresa May’s ill-fated Withdrawal Agreement is due to return to Parliament. After emphatic protestations in the House about their democratic right to vote on the proposals, MPs will finally have the chance to have their say. Yet many of these same politicians are singularly intent on trying … Read moreEven without a deal, our answer still remains the same: Leave

Farming in Brexitland: weathering the incoming storm

With the prospect of losing timely and tariff-free access to the single market – as well as migrant labour – farmers face even more uncertainty than most as a result of Brexit. Richard Byrne (Harper Adams University) explains the changes that Brexit is bringing. The last sheep sale before Christmas at Welshpool livestock market was … Read moreFarming in Brexitland: weathering the incoming storm

When it comes to the EU, the Treasury has never been impartial and its predictions cannot be trusted

Fear of leaving the EU without a deal, and of trading with the EU thenceforth under WTO terms, has been created primarily by the much-cited series of predictions of severe adverse economic consequences by HM Treasury. It is therefore of some importance to decide whether their predictions are credible. One set of their pre-referendum predictions … Read moreWhen it comes to the EU, the Treasury has never been impartial and its predictions cannot be trusted

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