Michel Barnier speaking about #Brexit and the EU at QUB this evening (video + speech)

27 Jan

Making his third visit to Northern Ireland in the role of EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier addressed a packed audience in Queen’s University Belfast’s Riddel Hall this evening. Watch back the video of his lecture and read extracts from his speech.

Paraphrasing what I heard: the UK can no longer dip its hand into the EU sweetie jar as those treats are only for the 27 members. Anyone hoping for a softer edge to Brexit may think again.

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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If Boris Johnson secures a majority, the transition period will not be extended beyond next year

15 Nov

Boris Johnson’s on-the-record announcement last weekend that he will negotiate a SuperCanada-style Free Trade Agreement (FTA) – and that there will be no extension to the transition period after the end of 2020 – should give reassurance to all Brexit supporters that he is on a path to deliver a Brexit which gives us back […]

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Boris Johnson’s Brexit offer will take us to the desired destination – with a basic UK-EU trade deal in the interim

14 Nov

Boris Johnson’s Brexit agreement is the best option for Brexit currently available and one which deserves enthusiastic backing from the electorate next month. While there are more negotiations to be done and many months of effective EU membership ahead to endure, the end point will be precisely where we wanted to be all along – […]

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If he wins a majority, Boris Johnson would be well-placed to play hardball with the EU in negotiating the future relationship

31 Oct

Does Boris Johnson’s deal Take Back Control of our borders, our laws, our trade and our money? Yes, on balance it does, despite the doubts. After the transition period we leave the Single Market and Customs Union, can cut tariffs, negotiate trade deals and change our own rules, regulations and taxes. We will have our […]

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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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The eight mistakes I saw the UK make in the Brexit negotiations

16 Oct

Hindsight is a wonderful thing, sometimes used to unfairly criticise the past, but it also allows us to learn from our mistakes. During my 14 years as a MEP, I saw a number of mistakes which led us to where we are now in the negotiations. I list the main ones here, not necessarily to […]

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Why I – a Brexit Party MEP – trust Boris Johnson to do a deal and deliver Brexit by the end of this month

15 Oct

Shortly after the 2015 General Election, I received a note from Boris Johnson which read: “I don’t know what effect all that fish has had on your brain, but you seem to be the only person who correctly forecast the outcome.” My prediction had been published in my local newspaper and had included not only […]

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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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Theresa May fell into the traps set by the EU and caved into their demands

26 Aug

The failure (thus far) to implement the people’s wishes on Brexit must be the greatest cock-up in British history. It has created a political mess in which we wallow while the world laughs. So it’s worthwhile to ask what went wrong and learn the lessons. We wasn’t just robbed. We failed incompetently. Brexiteers assumed that it would […]

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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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Boris Johnson must empower Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay as a negotiator

25 Jul

After winning the Conservative leadership race and becoming our new Prime Minister, Boris Johnson has been about the business of State. One of his most crucial Cabinet positions is his Brexit Secretary. However, during the last three years the role has been verging on ceremonial. Theresa May tied the hands of her Brexit Secretaries in […]

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