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  • Who needs a trade deal?

    Debate rages, in the House of Commons and elsewhere, about what remains after Britain leaves the EU. (OK, debate doesn’t particularly rage in the House of Commons, but it needs to, even if the government would rather it didn’t.) In particular, there is the question […]

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  • The biggest lie

    At an event to analyse the implications of the Brexit vote and try to predict what comes next. One question from the audience – what was the biggest lie told during the referendum campaign? There was general consensus among the panel that £350 million for […]

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  • Europe gives Scotland another chance

    Interesting that the EU referendum on 23 June gives a new lease of life to the case for Scottish independence. It was Europe that was the cause of its failure two years ago. As the argument for Scottish independence developed in recent decades, it slowly […]

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  • Can MPs vote against article 50?

    Being played out in court at the moment is a case regarding the powers of parliament. Does the government have the constitutional right to trigger British departure from the EU on the strength of an explicitly non-binding referendum without parliamentary assent? For the record, the […]

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  • See you in court

    I am having difficulty explaining to people from other countries what’s going on in the High Court at the moment.  There is a case brought by Gina Miller, a fund manager, arguing that the government cannot invoke Article 50 of the TEU (the procedure for […]

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  • In praise of hard Brexit

    It is now 16 weeks since the referendum on 23 June. Since then, according to that bus, we have given £5.6 billion to the EU, which Gisela Stuart, among others, would have preferred to spend on the NHS. If a new hospital costs £500 million, […]

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  • Europe and the people: Examining the EU’s democratic legitimacy (26 October 2016)

    In the wake of the British vote to leave the EU, this conference will examine concerns across Europe around the democratic legitimacy of EU institutions and the European project as a whole. It will look at how the debate about EU democratic legitimacy across member […]

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  • A quick decision

    I was asked the other day by a Leave-supporting politician whether business wanted a quick decision. The doubt about Brexit hard or soft must be difficult for you, he said: wouldn’t you prefer just to get on with it and know where you stand? Yes, […]

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  • On leaving the European Union

    If I had to pick a period of time to be out of politics for various personal reasons, I couldn’t really have chosen a worse few years than those just gone.  Vladimir Putin was making his first moves on the Crimea, with all that implied […]

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  • Must Britain leave the EU? (15 November 2016)

    A joint meeting with the Federal Trust and the Global Policy Institute 5.30 pm to 7 pm Tuesday 15 November 2016 London Metropolitan University 84 Moorgate London EC2M 6SQ We asked last year whether Britain could leave the EU, with a rather gloomy prognosis.  Sadly, we were […]

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