Coronavirus has given Orban his excuse

25 Mar

It snowed in Budapest on Monday but the flakes did not settle. People queued politely outside bakeries and post offices, keeping safe distances apart. Inside counter staff, masked and gloved, handed over bread rolls and postage stamps with exceptional caution: treating each customer as a potential bio-hazard. Lately Hungary, unlike Britain, has had toilet rolls […]

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Boris Johnson must avoid being overconfident and prepare to play hardball with the tricky EU negotiators

18 Dec

Be boosted by the election and the rout of Remain – but don’t get too confident. It ain’t over yet. Prime Ministerial honeymoons are shorter these days and the rampant Remainers will regroup and revive; the most difficult bit is still to come and negotiating with the EU is like getting cows not to fart. […]

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How might the EU react to the possible outcomes of the general election?

29 Nov

The upcoming general election may well turn out to be a de facto second referendum on Brexit. Here is an overview of the different scenarios that are possible and how the EU is likely to position itself in each case: The first scenario, which is taken by most as the base case, is for the […]

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For cosmopolitan liberals, collective cultural loyalties override the economic advantages of Brexit

1 Nov

The continuous delaying of Brexit – by an alliance of Remainers comprising MPs from across the party spectrum, CBI economists, leftist commentators and foreign interventionists – may well be justifiably considered as the most despicable scandal of the post-War era; but it should definitely not surprise. Ever since David Cameron announced the ‘once in a […]

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The Government must hold firm against the demand for future alignment of the British and EU economies

17 Oct

When news that a Brexit withdrawal deal had been reached, its fate at the hands of MPs on Saturday hung in the balance. MPs gunning to vote it down saw their numbers potentially boosted by the DUP, to whom the four pronged Northern Ireland backstop falls short on customs, VAT and consent. But now Jean-Claude […]

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Masquerading as democrats, our Parliament is sadly now behaving like the European Commission

10 Oct

At the heart of Brexit is democracy and what it means. Democracy is ‘a government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation usually involving periodically held free elections’. When David Cameron called the EU referendum he vested supreme power in […]

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How to fix the Brexit deal so a sovereign UK can agree a comprehensive Free Trade Agreement with the EU

2 Sep

The next week in Parliament is bound to be tumultuous, but I believe all MPs should remember that some of us have spent the summer fashioning the tools to enable the United Kingdom and the EU to agree a deal. In July, the Prosperity-UK Alternative Arrangements Commission – for which I chair the 20-strong panel […]

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Ursula von der Leyen at the helm of the European Commission should be good news for Brexit

18 Aug

The blonde-haired, blue-eyed German (now former) Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen is to be the new head of the EU’s technocratic institution – the European Commission. She is a departure from the EU norm in many ways. She is becoming Commission President without having been a lead candidate for a European political party in […]

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President Macron should realise it’s in his interests to facilitate a quick and amicable clean-break Brexit

4 Aug

When Boris Johnson addressed the House of Commons as Prime Minister for the first time last month, the scene from a packed Parliament was broadcast to France. No viewer could have room for doubt: the terms of the EU Withdrawal Agreement were, as the French subtitles put it, ‘inacceptables’. ‘No country that values its independence,’ […]

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