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Not savaged but salvaged The big news is that, after some febrile weeks, the latest European Council (19-20 October) agreed to salvage Theresa May. President Donald Tusk and his colleagues took the point — made for example in my article for the European Policy Centre (3 October) — that to savage the British prime minister… » 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 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 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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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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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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Most people will have never read a single article of the Treaty on European Union (TEU) before they stumbled recently across Article 50. Alas, those ‘most people’ seems to include many British lawyers and politicians whose acquaintance with the constitution of the European Union has been hitherto remote. So here is my guide to Article… » read more

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