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In the corridors of the Palace of Westminster and in those of the Union’s institutions, the air is rife with talk about extending the two-year period under Article 50 TEU. Both decision-makers and commentators regularly point out that delaying Brexit would be problematic if the delay ran into the upcoming European elections. It is worth… » read more

  Posted by ACELG

Governing the UK

In September 2017, I posted a blog called ‘The rise of the kakistocracy’. Kakistocracy means government by the worst[1]: the most incompetent people are in power. When I wrote the piece, there was no shortage of candidate kakistocracies; Venezuela and Zimbabwe provided two rather extreme examples out of many. But what about the western democracies?… » read more

  Posted by Peter Bye

Opinions about Brexit can be divided into two broad groups: those that I will call ideology-based and those that are evidence-based. The dominant opinion in the first group is the question of sovereignty. It was a significant factor in the 2016 referendum and continues to motivate many of those favouring Brexit. It can be countered… » read more

  Posted by Peter Bye

As everyone is all too aware, the date for Brexit is just around the corner and a withdrawal agreement is yet to be concluded. Without an agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union, there simply can be no negotiations on the nature of the future trading relationship. Nor will there… » read more

  Posted by Secretary General of the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA)

Brexiters Routed In Salzburg

It had to happen. Sooner or later someone was going to truly stand up to the Brexiters. Theresa May made the first attempt at this recently, but it was nowhere near enough. Since Prime Minister May has been unable to do it, the task has fallen to the leaders of the EU and it’s Member… » read more

  Posted by FinancialGuy Writes!

The European Parliament’s lot is not a happy one: it’s expected to do the heavy democratic lifting for an institution that desperately needs to tackle its democratic deficit. But this Parliament is like no other. Seen by many European voters as either irrelevant or as just one governance level too many, the turnout for European… » read more

  Posted by Fritz Groothues

Dear Theresa May

Dear Theresa May, I feel compelled to write, expressing a desire and hope that the United Kingdom can change course from the current political disaster that is Brexit. My hope is not, surprisingly, that Brexit should be stopped. With such important issues at stake, the current state of negotiations between your government and the EU… » read more

  Posted by FinancialGuy Writes!

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