It’s time to end the constitutional wrangling, back the deal and get Brexit sorted

18 Oct

In politics, every day is not just an adventure, but more than often a journey into the unknown. Every day I, like so many others, wake up and go through my quotidian ritual of checking news apps, which generally swing my mood between the ever-changing highs and lows of deal or no deal; leave or […]

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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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UK and EU agree new Brexit deal with revised Northern Ireland Protocol and Political Declaration

17 Oct

Despite repeated insistence from Brussels that the draft Withdrawal Agreement negotiated by Theresa May and Northern Irish backstop were sacrosanct and could not be re-opened, the European Union has this morning agreed to a new Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland (and consequential technical adaptations to Articles 184 and 185 of the Agreement) along with a new […]

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Boris Johnson’s new Brexit offer to Jean-Claude Juncker

2 Oct

What follows is the text of the letter Boris Johnson has today sent to Jean-Claude Juncker, setting out the UK Government’s proposals for a new Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland A FAIR AND REASONABLE COMPROMISE: UK PROPOSALS FOR A NEW PROTOCOL ON IRELAND/NORTHERN IRELAND Dear Jean-Claude, There is now very little time in which to negotiate […]

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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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Welcome to constitutional wonderland

14 Aug

Stopping Brexit is becoming a desperate game. It’s produced a manic inventiveness which is turning out more constitutional crap than thirty years of Liberal Party conferences. Only the EU can impose “No Deal” by refusing to admit that Theresa May’s deal is as dead as May, so a new government means a new negotiation. Logically […]

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