In denial over the front stop. Now Boris floored by 4 year old Jack, lying in a hospital floor

9 Dec

The NHS howler of this campaign has hit Boris Johnson so hard he wanted to hide it in his pocket in the middle of an ITV News interview .. And more on another Johnson brazen denial -.the building row over the frontstop. Two Europe editors take his case apart, culled from Twitter. Peter Foster Europe editor of the Daily Telegraph HOW can Whitehall design this new GB-NI border or customs ‘filter’ UNTIL it knows what the shape of the UK-EU … Read more

On border checks the evidence from his own government mounts but Boris keeps brazening out the denial

9 Dec

It’s more than depressing when the prime minister keeps brazening out denials about checks between GB and NI. He actually contradicts himself between “ no checks” and  “the only checks” within a couple of sentences below. When asked on Sky News’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday whether there would be checks, in light of the leaked Treasury document, Johnson replied: “No, absolutely not… The deal we’ve done with the EU is a brilliant deal and it allows us to do all … Read more

The backtop is back in business after Johnson’s denial is nakedly exposed

6 Dec

It’s not actually  news that there will “be a border down the Irish Sea” if Boris Johnson’s withdrawal agreement is passed. But if the document Jeremy Corbyn has been waving this morning is an authentic Treasury paper, it shows that Johnson is lying or at best or in denial.   He will surely be pressed to explain himself in tonight’s BBC debate with Jeremy Corbyn.  Taken at face value it means Johnson will denounce his own withdrawal agreement as soon as … Read more

Could the UK be extricated from its transition period by December 2020 and with a good deal?

29 Nov

Following my article of 13th November on the pernicious role of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in the Withdrawal Agreement (WA) and Martin Howe QC’s comments on it in his own article a couple of days later, Martin kindly agreed to meet me to talk through our differences. We had a very good meeting […]

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What the 2019 SNP manifesto says about Brexit

27 Nov

The SNP’s 2019 manifesto, ‘Stronger for Scotland’ has been published today, and features a photograph of the Party’s Leader Nicola Sturgeon, stood behind a “Stop Brexit” lectern, so it comes as no surprise to see that the key line in the document states that the Party wants to “escape from Brexit,” and backs a second […]

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What the 2019 Plaid Cymru manifesto says about Brexit

27 Nov

The Plaid Cymru General Election 2019 manifesto, ‘Wales, it’s us.’ has been published, and the key message on Brexit is: “Plaid Cymru has long campaigned for a People’s Vote to end the Brexit crisis, to safeguard Wales’s place in Europe and the thousands of jobs that depend upon our EU membership.” Regarding Boris Johnson’s deal, […]

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The party leaders are losing control of the election debate

26 Nov

Almost single handedly the BBC interviewer Andrew Neil is exposing the thinness of the  main party leaders arguments – even those of  the normally poised and practiced Nicola Sturgeon. who was rattled as never before.    A minority Labour government would not need to be the SNP’s suitor – the SNP have nowhere else to go. A second referendum overturning the result of the first would deprive her of her best argument for Indy Ref 2. Would the EU welcome … Read more

What the 2019 Conservative manifesto says about Brexit

24 Nov

The Conservatives’ General Election 2019 manifesto, “Get Brexit Done and unleash Britain’s Potential” has been published today, and as expected, Brexit is a main feature, with an emphasis on what can be achieved in other domestic policy areas, once the UK has left the European Union. The key line of the Conservatives’ manifesto on Brexit is: […]

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A compelling case for more flexibility from both sides in the next stage of Brexit

19 Nov

Anand Menon the director the UK in a Changing Europe and as near to objectivity as it gets, has been issuing correctives to  the Brexit positions of both the UK government and the EU Commission. In separate articles his analyses provides sage advice for both sides after the election.  Does it mean a smoother  passage for all goods in both directions across the Irish Sea? In the Guardian yesterday, with Catharine Barnard Get Brexit done….”  The simple answer is that … Read more

What the Green Party 2019 manifesto says about Brexit

19 Nov

The Green Party has today published its manifesto for the 2019 General Election, and their Brexit policy has barely changed since their 2017 manifesto. You can read it for yourself here, but its key points on Brexit are summarised below. The Greens are committed to remaining in the EU and are offering voters a second […]

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For Northern Ireland and the Union, the choices after the election are all to play for

18 Nov

Peering into a crystal ball however cloudy is as irresistible for the curious voter as the compulsive gambler. Favourable predictions for the Conservatives range from an overall majority of over 100 to fewer MPs than May won in 2017 but still the largest party. Serious hopes of a Labour majority are round about nil. They are likely to need the support on some basis of minority parties, the SNP, the Lib Dems and who knows? – even the DUP. Johnson’s … Read more