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Running Commentary VII

Mrs May makes her speech Reverberations continue over Prime Minister May’s London speech of 17 January. She wants a comprehensive free trade agreement with a few add-ons plus political cooperation in security matters. This has all the hallmarks of a future Association Agreement between the UK and the EU 27, but without the institutional mechanism… » read more

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Running Commentary VI

1. The waiting is almost over. On Tuesday 17 January Prime Minister Theresa May will deliver a speech in which she promises to spell out in more detail what her government wants out of leaving the European Union. A few days later the UK Supreme Court will deliver its judgment on the appeal brought by… » read more

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Running Commentary V

There will be times when running commentary on Brexit has to break out from a trot into a sprint. This week is one of those. The resignation of Sir Ivan Rogers as UK Permanent Representative to the EU has been widely reported. People seem more surprised than they should have been. It is not news… » read more

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Running Commentary IV

1. While British ministers continue to give confusing signals about what the government wants out of Brexit — presumably by mistake, given their disavowal of ‘running commentary’ — there appears to be a toughening up of the EU’s negotiating stance. In Brussels, Michel Barnier speaks of nothing other than the three formal stages of Brexit:… » read more

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Running Commentary II

1. The British government has decided to offer weekly Brexit briefings to the foreign media. But British journalists will be excluded, leaving many of them in their habitual state of incomprehension or prejudice about the European Union. Ministers still insist they will give ‘no running commentary’ on Brexit. Until they do so, at least, I… » read more

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The West stops at Edirne

“The Turkish army has been mounting coup d’états since Mehmet the Conqueror. We know how to do it. We would not have made a mistake.” My interlocutor is a former member of the Turkish General Staff who, with four colleagues, meet me in a non-descript venue in Brussels. They represent 40 Turkish officers from NATO… » read more

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In London everyone is agitated about how to trigger Article 50. Proceedings continue in the English High Court on whether the government needs the consent of parliament before it triggers Article 50. It should surprise nobody that the EU dimension is largely absent from the London courtroom. Nobody mentions that Theresa May, in her capacity… » read more

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Mercifully, the party political conference season in Britain is over. We would not normally pay too much attention to the resolutions on EU policy passed by party rank and file delegates. But this year, because Britain has taken back control of its own affairs, it’s worth taking a closer look. The Liberal Democrats were first… » read more

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