There is a good reason why they have rejected all limiting amendments to the Withdrawal Agreement, and are making legislative provision for swift divergence.
The Prime Minister has shown a moderation of which his critics did not believe him capable.
For the first time in decades the levers of British influence – defence, diplomacy, aid and trade – could sit alongside domestic efforts in education and infrastructure.
The scale of his domestic ambitions and the legacy of the Iraq War suggest that his ambitions will be limited – for the moment at least.
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. […]
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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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 abuse became so bad that I felt the need to stop giving media interviews, writing articles and to remove myself from the public arena.
The first phase may have been the most fraught, but Johnson’s deal leaves lots to do – and many decisions to make – in the next stage.
The big prize will be that the UK’s economic and trade freedom will be restored, something May’s backstop would have prevented, potentially indefinitely.
This is Ireland’s deal as much as the UK’s. So the Taoiseach has an interest in assisting the Prime Minister over extension.
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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If a UK-EU deal is agreed, it will be because both men want one urgently – which in turn opens a chance to reset Anglo-Irish relations.
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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The former Prime Minister also failed to grasp that Merkel was not going to do anything very much for him.
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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Their words, like Johnson’s visit itself, look more like more gambits in a blame game than a genuine change of heart.
“It is not the core task of a German Chancellor to understand the relationship between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.”
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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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,’ […]