What are the legal consequences of leaving the EU for the UK? Those consequences are manifold, but some of the key aspects are set out in the Withdrawal Agreement Act (the ‘new Act’), which Parliament passed in January.
The sound of silence - Chris Grey 14/02/2020
'For at the same time as attempting to relegate Brexit to distant memory, the government is also claiming all kinds of benefits from “having left the EU”.'
Incompatible Fictions - Chris Kendall 16/01/2020
'Identity has been at the heart of Brexit. Anti-Europeans who could not bear the notion of sharing sovereignty at the European level ... They found that they best way to articulate this discomfort was by claiming that the EU was undemocratic, or anti-democratic.'
Johnson's 'no deal 2.0' virtue signalling 20/12/2019
"The first week of Johnson’s new administration has seen both speculation about, and the beginning of some answers to, how he intends to undertake Brexit. The outrageousness of that situation shouldn’t pass without comment."
The wrong lesson from the 2016 renegotiation 04/11/2019
With it still possible the United Kingdom will leave the European Union without a deal, Mark Dayan looks at the impact that would have on NHS costs.
It may be time for the UK to consider the possibility the German car industry might not be riding to the rescue.
Some interesting insights are in a Swiss government information sheet, prepared mainly for Swiss companies. / What have the UK and Switzerland agreed on their trade relationship post-Brexit? Essentially, they are partly “rolling over” to the UK the present Swiss-EU trade relationship.
Making sense of the Article XXIV smokescreen 27/06/2019
In my previous post I made reference to the recent upsurge of Brexiter interest in GATT Article XXIV. As noted there, it was mentioned as a way of avoiding the damage of no-deal Brexit by Boris Johnson in one of the leadership debates. Shortly afterwards, his claim was debunked by Mark Carney, the Governor of the Bank of England (£) but he has continued to push it in interviews this week.
The so-called Most Favoured Nation (MFN) clause contained in several of the EU’s existing trade agreements, could also limit the extent of concessions granted by Brussels to the UK. / This Briefing Paper explains what the MFN clause is and why it could be problematic for the UK. It maps out which EU agreements contain MFN clauses, their scope and the various exceptions they contain.
Brexit is stopping us addressing important issues like inequality and the climate crisis. Westminster is fiddling while Rome burns, writes Green MP Caroline Lucas.
A no-deal Brexit would be a disaster for Wales, but both Johnson and Hunt would prioritise keeping their party together over keeping the Union together, Plaid Cymru's Adam Price writes
If any of the candidates genuinely cared about listening to and engaging with younger voices, they would commit to a vote on the final Brexit deal.
I Kept My Seat, But The EU Elections Showed Labour's Brexit Policy Has Failed - Seb Dance 30/05/2019
The lack of clarity around Labour’s Brexit policy was a deliberate attempt to split the difference between different groups. But today it should be clear we needed to come off the fence.
“We want to use GATT Article 24” means “We want a free trade agreement in goods that complies with WTO rules”. It doesn’t say much.
Theresa May's demise - Chris Grey 24/05/2019
Almost within minutes of launching her ‘bold new offer to MPs’, in the form of the revised Withdrawal Agreement Bill, last Tuesday it was clear that it had failed and that Theresa May was finished. The only question was when, and now we know the answer. She will resign as Party leader on 7 June.
The government now stands at a crossroads, and the first step they must take is to expand full voting rights to every permanent citizen in the country.
In Northern Ireland, My Generation Has The Most To Lose Through Brexit, So Why Do We Have The Least Say? 23/05/2019
Regardless of the European election results, the rhetoric on “binning the backstop” will begin again next week. But more than any time in the past two decades, politicians from Westminster need to show courage and leadership on Northern Ireland.
Most Brits Support Free Movement – So Why Are The Lib Dems The Only Party Fighting To Save It? 25/05/2019
Many MPs and journalists treat free movement as if it were universally despised – but EU citizens bring enormous benefits to our communities, society and economy.
This may very well be the last time we get to vote in these elections, and a large part of how the next years shape up will be down to us. Our future is in our hands.
From gay conversion therapy advocates to supporters of paedophilia legalisation, from climate change deniers to rampant tax avoiders, from NHS abolitionists to besties of neo-Nazis, from fracking supporters to unabashed profiteers of chaos…
Who actually trades solely under WTO rules? 21/10/2017
For a geek like me who likes data, that seemed a like an interesting question: What is the biggest economy that does not have any Free Trade agreements other than membership in the WTO?
Free movement of people in the European Union (EU) is currently under attack by certain political and media sectors across Europe, with proposals arising on how to limit its scope. At the same time, other regions in the world are adopting free movement regimes.
Scientists say we have five years to change course on climate change. The next European parliament term is five years – they are a matter of life and death.
It's cock-up, not conspiracy - but the end result is the same. Countless EU citizens in the UK are being blocked from voting in the European parliamentary elections by onerous bureaucratic requirements, institutional complacency, and an administrative system which was taken by surprise that they were happening at all.