The EU Must Reform the Eurozone

| David Gow

COMMENT | Often written off, its imminent demise repeatedly proclaimed, the euro quietly celebrated its 20th birthday on January 1…
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The Politics of Halting Brexit

| Kirsty Hughes

COMMENT | The Brexit crisis continues. Theresa May looks unlikely to get her Brexit deal through Westminster, assuming the vote goes ahead on schedule on 15 or 16 January. But she is hoping to survive losing that vote, to get more tweaks from the EU and have at…
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Europe and Brexit: 10 Things to Watch in 2019 from SCER

| Kirsty Hughes and Anthony Salamone

COMMENT | The SCER team have looked into the 2019 crystal ball – predictions from Kirsty Hughes (KH), Director of SCER and Anthony Salamone (AS) Research Fellow, SCER. (1) Will Brexit Go Ahead on Time? The big question. It could do either if the Commons voted…
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Commons’ Brexit Choices Narrowing as Clock Ticks Down

| Kirsty Hughes

COMMENT | As the clock counts down to Tuesday evening’s vote, and beyond that to 29 March 2019, options are narrowing down even while uncertainty reigns and instability looms. Some suggest the choice is now May’s deal, no Brexit or no deal Brexit. Others…
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Political Declaration: ‘Canada Dry’ or ‘Turkey Plus’?

| Kirsty Hughes

COMMENT | There are few surprises in the EU-UK’s political declaration to accompany the much longer, legally binding withdrawal agreement. The combined effect of the EU and UK’s red lines are seen on the first page of the declaration where it’s admitted that the…
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Brexit Deal Series: The Draft Withdrawal Agreement and Citizens’ Rights

| Rebecca Zahn

COMMENT | The Draft Withdrawal Agreement between the United Kingdom and the European Union was published on Wednesday 14 November after almost two years of lengthy negotiations. The withdrawal agreement is the legal text managing the UK’s exit…
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Brexit and Scotland – the Row over the Backstop

| Kirsty Hughes

COMMENT | The backstop for the Irish border in the draft withdrawal agreement has been the focus of a major row between the Scottish Conservatives and the Scottish government in recent days. Beyond that, there have been criticisms in Scotland that the…
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Brexit Deal Series: Which Brexit Deal: Mad, Implausible, Plausible or Desirable?

| Anton Muscatelli

COMMENT | The political maelstrom which has engulfed the UK had been widely anticipated, with the Government struggling to sell the draft agreement with the EU to its own Cabinet and to both the Tory backbenches and the DUP. The next few weeks will…
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