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Brexit: Where Are We Now ‘Sufficient Progress’ Has Been Reached?

| Danuta Hübner

COMMENT | On December 15 last year, the European Council decided to move forward to the second phase of the Brexit negotiations. There is now a new calendar for actions at all levels: technical, political, institutional….
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A Scottish Government Challenge on Brexit: How Will It Impact on UK Debate?

| Kirsty Hughes

COMMENT | The Scottish government’s new paper on Brexit choices – ‘Scotland’s Place in Europe: People, Jobs and Investment’ – makes an important contribution to the UK political debate. It argues that, if the UK is not to follow the best option of staying in…
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Brexit Talks: What Happens When The Clock Stops?

| John Palmer

COMMENT | The drum beat marking the process of the UK’s exit from the European Union is now taking on an increasingly urgent rhythm. The critical phase of the Brexit negotiations is about to begin but neither the UK’s EU partners nor the British public…
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‘Soft’ Brexit is No Panacea: Why the Scottish Government Should Lead on Halting Brexit

| Kirsty Hughes

COMMENT | The Scottish National Party (SNP) has called a cross-party summit at Westminster for Monday 8 January to strengthen efforts for a ‘soft’ Brexit of staying in the EU’s single market and customs union. Predictably, Labour’s leader Jeremy Corbyn…
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Brexit Talks Move On: They Will Be Tough

| Kirsty Hughes

COMMENT | The EU27 agreed at their 15 December summit to let Brexit talks move onto phase two. Talks on transition and on an outline framework for a future trade deal will be the new focus. The EU’s guidelines – to be reinforced with more detailed…
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Regulatory Alignment: What Will It Take to Make It Work, And How Big Are the Risks of Failure?

| Katy Hayward and Paul McGrade

COMMENT | The UK has a new starting point for its negotiations with the EU on the future relationship, with the phase 2 talks almost certainly unlocked following on last week’s EU-UK joint report. That starting point is the phrase ‘full alignment’. While the…
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The Case for a Differentiated Brexit

| Nikos Skoutaris

COMMENT | Hours after the result of the Brexit referendum was announced, the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, made clear that she intended to take ‘all possible steps’ in order to secure Scotland’s ‘continuing place in the EU and in the single…
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Brexit Begins to Take Shape, As Debate in Scotland Continues

| Anthony Salamone

COMMENT | Friday’s agreement on the first phase of the Brexit talks provides some long-awaited substance, following the months of hypothesising we have been obliged to engage in to understand what the UK government is working towards. In that…
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