Britain, the EU and the Sovereignty Myth 09/04/2016
The argument that Britain needs to leave the European Union to reclaim its sovereignty is misguided says new paper, Britain, the EU and the Sovereignty Myth.
'I hoped we would go for a sensible version of Brexit. It’s forcing businesses to comply with two sets of regulations.' - Former Siemens CEO [2 mins] 26/07/2022
Former Siemens CEO - “I hoped we would go for a sensible version of Brexit. It’s forcing businesses to comply with two sets of regulations. It’s a double cost. What we’re learning is that our so-called sovereignty is turning out to be rather expensive.”
Hermann Houser says Britain has no chance of being technologically independent after leaving the EU.
The doyen of the UK computing industry says that a hi-tech future will leave Britain no choice but to turn to Europe.
The Tories are upping their attack on our democracy, under cover of the leadership contest 19/07/2022
Deep within the Northern Ireland protocol bill, ministers are making a sinister grab for yet more unchecked powers.
Ministers are portraying themselves as victims of a deal they created for Northern Ireland. A classic blame-shifting strategy.
Legal kryptonite? Parliamentary sovereignty, international law and the Internal Market Bill 10/10/2020
Another autumn, another Brexit-related constitutional drama in the UK.
'Any economic gains are likely to be small compared to the cost of leaving the customs union and single market.'
In the years since the referendum, it has become a myth that the impetus behind Brexit was a demand for pure sovereignty, with any economic effects being irrelevant. It’s not true, because many of the Vote Leave arguments were economic, whilst the effort put in to discrediting ‘Project Fear’ shows that Brexiters realised that ‘sovereignty at any cost’ would not have enough appeal to win the vote.
Report by the European Council on Foreign Relations says that more people see bloc as a key partner than the US.
Owen Paterson's role in Brexit - Chris Grey 07/11/2021
It’s probably fair to say that Owen Paterson was not a household name until the events that led to his resignation last week. However, he played a significant role in the Brexit saga, albeit of a particular sort.
Legal exceptionalism in British political discourse: International law, parliamentary sovereignty and the rule of law 10/10/2021
“This is what friends do, even if the pain has been self-inflicted, stupid and unnecessary.”
Former taoiseach John Bruton accuses British government of 'threatening language' and being in denial over trade border in the Irish Sea 08/07/2021
JOHN Bruton has accused the British government of using "threatening" language while "pretending" that it did not sign-up to a trade border in the Irish Sea.
Dogmatic obsession means that Johnson won’t lift a finger to help Northern Ireland.
The UK–Australia trade deal is not really about economic gain – it’s about demonstrating post-Brexit sovereignty 18/06/2021
As expected, the UK prime minister, Boris Johnson, and his Australian counterpart, Scott Morrison, have now agreed “in principle” to a free trade agreement. The fine details are still not out in the open, but the political and economic significance of the deal is becoming clearer.
Even the keenest Brexiteer must feel that the process has been tortuously long. / That has been, in large part, because successive British governments have refused to accept the trade-off between untrammelled sovereignty and friction-free access to the EU’s single market, a refusal that shapes today’s increasingly testy relationship.
This caller told Eddie Mair he believed Leave voters will soon regret Brexit and realise "they were conned."
Measuring the Cost Brexit Six Months On 09/06/2021
The end of the transition period was merely a staging post within a process that will be long with us, says Chris Grey.
If anyone is interested in a super-geeky thread on the now infamous FCO 30/1048, here it is. 27/03/2019
If anyone is interested in a super-geeky thread on the now infamous FCO 30/1048, here it is. It's actually a fascinating document; incredibly balanced, accurate, visionary and pragmatic about Britons' post-imperial illusions of sovereignty. Well worth a read of the summary pages.
Brexit is a political Ponzi scheme 17/05/2021
It is increasingly clear that Brexit has cost not saved money, encumbered not liberated trade, inhibited not enhanced our sovereignty, and threatens to break up the UK. In fact, argues Nick Westcott, it is nothing more than a political Ponzi scheme – and it is still going on.
Trading the orchard for an apple 03/03/2021
So far, in the first two months of Brexit, the following industries have indicated that they have been harmed: Aerospace; Airlines; Architecture; Art and Antiques; Beer; Bees; Cattle and horse breeding; Charities; Cheese; Chemicals; Cars; Classic Cars; Construction; Cosmetics and Perfume; e-Commerce; Fabrics; Fashion; Ferry services; Film and TV production; Financial Services; ...
It was Boris Johnson’s choice to prioritise “sovereignty” over the economy – and Britain is already paying the price.