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Brexit: Heading to a Deal or No Deal While UK Politics Implodes?

| Kirsty Hughes

COMMENT | As EU-UK Brexit talks resumed in mid-July, the UK government’s Chequers’ statement and white paper[1] had, in theory, provided some basis for talks on the future relationship while causing political controversy at home, not least within the…
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Mrs May Has No Choice but to Obey Jacob Rees-Mogg

| Brendan Donnelly

COMMENT | The Conservative MP Anna Soubry stunned the Commons and the media earlier this week by asking rhetorically whether it is the Prime Minister or her fellow backbencher Jacob Rees-Mogg who ‘runs the country’ when it comes to Brexit. The…
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Chequers: ‘Soft’ Brexit or Just Any Brexit?

| Kirsty Hughes

COMMENT | Theresa May’s three pages long Chequers agreement on the UK’s Brexit position has been hailed as a shift to a ‘soft’ Brexit. But, in itself, it is only a ‘soft’ Brexit on goods and a ‘hard’ Brexit on services. And, crucially, the EU is not likely to accept…
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Migration and Populism: The EU Needs a Progressive, Values-Based Approach

| Alison Anderson

COMMENT |Forget Brexit. Migration has jumped to the top of the queue as the major headache facing the European Union. At the recent heated two-day summit of EU leaders in Brussels, Angela Merkel warned that the very future of the EU could be…
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British Fudge: Where Now for the Future UK-EU Framework?

| Anton Muscatelli

COMMENT | According to the Oxford English Dictionary, ‘fudge’ is an early 17th century word, which originally meant ‘turn out as expected’ or ‘merge together’, and later in the 17th century took on a different meaning: to ‘fit together in a clumsy or underhand…
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Time the EU Took a Rational, Strategic Approach to Migration

| Giles Merritt

COMMENT | A problem postponed is not a problem solved, and that’s likely to be the verdict of most migration policy experts on last week’s European Council. The consensus view is certain to be that EU leaders have merely kicked the can down the…
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In the Face of Brexit, Relations between Ireland and Scotland Are Only Strengthening

| Paul Gillespie

COMMENT | Ireland and Scotland have been marginalised by the Brexit process in the UK, a force field now made even more pronounced by the Conservative Party’s continuing political turmoil over what Brexit actually means. A growing realisation of…
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UK Must Accept Consequences of Becoming a Third Country

| Danuta Hübner

COMMENT | “In less than ten months, the UK will become a third country. The question where we are with the Brexit negotiations today has more urgency than ever….
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