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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Beyond no deal: what else does the Brexit Party want?

6 Nov

Apart from a no-deal Brexit, what does the Brexit Party want? Callum Tindall (University of Nottingham) analyses its monthly newsletter to find clues about the party’s policies and ideology. At next month’s general election, the Brexit Party (BP) embarks upon its first venture into national politics. Less than a year old, with successful European parliamentary elections under their belt, they […]

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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Hope and hopelessness: Is a reconciliatory Brexit possible?

31 Oct

The government wants to bring the country together around its version of Brexit. It believes that it has the potential to return hope to the majority of citizens who express various forms of pessimism about the effect that Brexit will have on their country, their families, and their lives. But are citizens believing that reconciliatory scenario, asks Sarah Harrison (Electoral Psychology […]

As a Tory MP who helped found UKIP, here’s why I back Boris Johnson’s deal

23 Oct

On Tuesday I faced a decision that has been 28 years in the making, the longest and most strategic game of chess ever played. I helped found UKIP along with half a dozen others all those years ago with my journey to achieve Brexit shifting away from that party upon my return to the Conservatives […]

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As I seek to replace Oliver Letwin as MP for West Dorset, I know people here want Brexit delivered – and now

22 Oct

Have you ever presided over a divided organisation or been responsible for chairing a very diverse and passionate group? I can tell you, that there is no better experience than to have beeen chairman of a Conservative Association during the last three years. I was 34 when I was elected chairman of West Dorset Conservatives […]

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The prospect of a hard Brexit is now in Corbyn’s hands

21 Oct

Faced with the prospect of a hard Brexit on Boris Johnson’s terms, Jeremy Corbyn could have threatened Labour MPs who intend to vote for it with deselection. Dimitri Zenghelis (LSE) says this may be the last – and most damaging – strategic decision the Labour leader makes. Let’s be clear about one thing. Boris Johnson is not worried about the Letwin amendment. He […]

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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Parliament must now do its duty and ensure Brexit is delivered, as instructed by the people

18 Oct

There is no doubt that had the Benn Act prohibiting a no-deal Brexit on October 31st not been passed, the EU would have agreed to a Brexit deal a while ago. The Benn Act ceded control of our departure to the EU in the same way as an employee who declares his intention to leave […]

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It’s worth reiterating that the reasons we had for leaving the EU in 2016 are just as valid today

16 Oct

In times of anxious stress, it is too easy to become engrossed in process rather than substance. Today, it is timely for Britain’s voters to restore their focus, and remind themselves why they voted by a clear majority to Leave the European Union. It was only after a momentous struggle, in the 1960s and 1970s, […]

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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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Unlike the Government, the Brexit Party is arguing from a point of principle for a clean break Brexit

12 Oct

Sir John Major recently described the Conservatives as a “Brexit Party Tribute Band”. Ken Clarke pronounced the Conservative Party as “the Brexit Party rebadged”. On her way to the Lib Dems, Heidi Allen complained the Tories had “become Brexit Party Version 2”. Numerous commentators have pointed out that Boris Johnson and Dominic Cummings have shifted […]

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Can Boris Johnson get us out of the EU before a general election?

11 Oct

Never have we had such uncertainty surrounding our Government and Parliament, so much so that we literally have very little idea what is going to happen. Boris Johnson has said many times that we will leave the EU on 31st October whatever happens, with or without an Agreement. Yet how can he possibly pull it […]

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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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Long read: Is Brexit the English reaction to devolution?

10 Oct

Did asymmetrical devolution in the United Kingdom engage the English nation in ways that might help to explain the contribution of English nationalism to the Brexit vote? There seems to be some agreement that English nationalism indeed contributed to Brexit, writes Hudson Meadwell (McGill University). However, he argues, those who take this line are less agreed on how and when the contemporary politicization […]

Four more Brexit myths propagated by Remainers that need to be busted

9 Oct

Following my recent piece busting the Remainer myth that “Brexit has caused a national crisis”, here are four further disingenuous fabrications that you can expect to be promulgated widely in the media in the coming days. 1. Another referendum is the democratic response to the crisis Note that this ‘solution’ comes as a result of […]

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Northern Ireland depends on the EU’s fluid borders for survival

9 Oct

The prospect of a Brexit deal has foundered on the issue of the Northern Ireland border. Duncan Morrow (Ulster University) explains why the delicate relationship between Ireland and its dysfunctional neighbour depended on the EU’s fluid borders to survive. Any effort to ‘do’ Brexit on Johnson-DUP terms means that devolution in Northern Ireland will ‘die’, forcing an unpopular Westminster government […]

There is no reason to be bamboozled about dealing with the Irish border post-Brexit

8 Oct

In all the discussion about the Irish border, most of us can end up feeling pretty bamboozled by the whole thing.   However, there are some facts that are worth remembering which actually provide the keys to a future solution. Firstly, it is worth reminding ourselves of the present situation. The UK and Republic of […]

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While No Deal may not be optimal, it’s a Brexit outcome the Government can manage

4 Oct

Despite being the legal default, the path to No Deal at the end of this month is difficult to see. The Benn Act passed by MPs is a tightly drafted piece of legislation. And the Government’s bold new proposals for a deal are likely to be rejected by the EU – not least because the […]

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Boris Johnson’s alternative to the backstop explained

4 Oct

Since Theresa May’s Lancaster House speech, the position of the UK government has been that the UK should be outside the single market and the customs union after Brexit. At the same time, the UK government has committed to protecting the Good Friday Agreement by not accepting any physical infrastructure at the Irish land border. As a result, the Brexit […]

We are still perilously close to Hailsham’s ‘elective dictatorship’

30 Sep

In the 1970s, Lord Hailsham warned that Britain was in danger of sinking into an ‘elective dictatorship’ because of the vulnerability of its constitutional arrangements. Julian Petley (Brunel University London) says his warning, which was aimed at the left, is more relevant than ever as Boris Johnson’s government tries to impose its will on Parliament. Not only did Boris Johnson attempt […]

Welsh Labour are more out of touch with voters on Brexit than ever

27 Sep

Within the Cardiff Bay cartel, ‘BDS’ originally meant the ‘Brexit Derangement Syndrome’ of those who see in Brexit the twilight of Wales’ elites. Yet in these heady days ‘BDS’ stands for the ‘Boris Derangement Syndrome’ that has now sent Wales’ devolved governing class into orbit. The EU-signalling from Cardiff Bay shows that Johnson and his […]

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The Prorogation ruling has strengthened the political accountability of those in power

26 Sep

In this blog, Robert Brett Taylor (University of Aberdeen) examines the UK Supreme Court’s ruling on the Prorogation case. He explains what it means for ministerial responsibility, constitutional conventions, and Parliament’s ability to politically check government. Political accountability has been strengthened, rather than weakened, by the Court’s decision, he argues. On 24 September 2019, the UK Supreme Court handed down its judgment in […]

Over the last three years we have been witnessing the deconstruction of democracy

26 Sep

What we are seeing in Britain today amounts to nothing less than a quiet, determined deconstruction of democracy in our country. It is not merely an attempt to frustrate one single outcome of the democratic process – it is an attack upon its very soul. The foundation of democracy is a bond of trust between […]

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The pro-Remain establishment’s efforts to block Brexit have reached new heights this month

24 Sep

The last time I was invited on the TV to discuss Brexit matters was on the day Boris Johnson became Prime Minister. It was one of those itchy-chin discussion panels evenly balanced between pro- and anti-EU pundits. One of the other guests opined that the installation of Boris in Downing Street probably marked the “death […]

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A no-deal Brexit would be very tough for farmers – but will the public sympathise?

23 Sep

Upland farmers face losing more than a third of their income in the event of a no-deal Brexit, says Richard Byrne (Harper Adams University). In the past, some farmers have taken direct action when government and supermarket policies have threatened their income – but given the (albeit limited) financial support they can expect to receive, they may find it harder […]

Boris Johnson is enduring Brexit chaos – but could that chaos be working in his favour?

20 Sep

Boris Johnson has easily had the most turbulent first few weeks as Prime Minister in recent history, quickly losing his majority, being compelled by Parliament to potentially surrender to the European Union, and even (dubiously) found to “acted unlawfully” by a Scottish court. Since taking the helm in June, he has faced obstacle after obstacle […]

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Too many of our Remainer politicians are living in a horror-filled fantasy land of fear and economic ignorance

19 Sep

The great majority of the British people are getting on with their lives wondering why the politicians haven’t yet left the EU. Our political class has moved into fantasy world. Terror, fear and unimaginable horror stalk the land in fairytales invented as the last desperate attempt to keep Britain in the EU. It’s a realm […]

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Parliament’s role in the Brexit process: parallels with Israel and the Knesset

16 Sep

The suspension of Parliament in a ‘no-written constitution’ legal context has left the UK in constitutional limbo. In this blog, Solon Solomon offers some thoughts on the Israeli constitutional experience. He argues that Parliament should have a substantial role in the Brexit process, let alone be permitted to sit in the first place. On September 11, the Scottish Court of Session, Scotland’s […]