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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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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 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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