Andrew Duff -  On Governing Europe

Rocket science Incipient panic about the future of Britain’s nuclear industry has rocketed Euratom into the Brexit headlines. In so doing, staggering ignorance is displayed by too many MPs and journalists about the basic facts of the matter. Lest we forget what it is we’re leaving before we leave it, therefore, here’s an explanation. The… » read more

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Running Commentary XIV

The wheels are starting to fall off   Some thing important is happening to the Article 50 process, and it’s not good. The EU side seems well prepared to start the first formal session of the negotiations with the British on 19 June, but its stance is constrained by tight guidelines from the European Council… » read more

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The Brexit Election Theresa May kicked off Britain’s formal election campaign by accusing the European Union of interfering. “Threats against Britain have been issued by European politicians and officials”, she said. “All of these acts have been deliberately timed to affect the result of the general election.” The Russian Embassy in London tweeted: ‘Praise God… » read more

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Running Commentary XII

The British election There is to be a Brexit general election in the United Kingdom on Thursday 8 June. Short of a revolution, the winner will be the Conservative party, and Theresa May will continue as prime minister. In calling – and winning – the election, Theresa May will entrench Brexit. Quite fairly, she has… » read more

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Running Commentary XI

A ‘deep and special partnership’ At long last, and after considerable fuss, Theresa May has delivered her Article 50 letter at lunchtime today – not as I had imagined to ‘Dear Donald’ but more formally to ‘Dear President Tusk’. The prime minister is aiming for “a deep and special partnership that takes in both economic… » read more

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Running Commentary X

A new entente The big Brexit picture is that the UK continues to stumble towards a future association agreement with the EU. Until Article 50 is triggered there will be no official recognition by the EU of this scenario, and the Westminster parliament has yet to get its head(s) around the concept. But experts are… » read more

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Running Commentary IX

Remainers look for meaning The second reading debate in the House of Lords (20-21 February) on the Bill to allow Theresa May to pull the trigger on Article 50 turned on whether parliament should insist that the government give it a ‘meaningful’ vote on the outcome of the Article 50 negotiations. Nobody quite nailed what… » read more

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Running Commentary VIII

Still stumbling towards the exit Running out of patience with British politicians? In my latest article on all things Brexit (9 February) I explain why the Westminster parliament and parties find themselves split and emasculated – and have only themselves to blame. I have precious little sympathy for those Remainers who voted blithely to promote… » read more

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