WA Queen’s Speech analysis: A right royal mess?

The government’s legislative programme for the next two years was announced at the Queen’s Speech a short time ago.  The unusually extended (two year) parliamentary session testifies to the size of the Brexit task, with complex and controversial legislation demanding extra time and careful scheduling to move through Parliament.  The speech itself had been delayedRead more

GE2017 battlegrounds: Can the Liberal Democrats bounce back in its traditional south west heartlands?

This is the fourth and final part of our blog series examining key battlegrounds in the 2017 General Election. Access the first, second and third parts here, here and here. Can the Liberal Democrats bounce back in its traditional south west heartlands, despite their pro-Remain stance? Much of the analysis of a Liberal Democrat revival so far has focusedRead more

GE2017 battlegrounds: Will the Liberal Democrats sweep up ‘Remain’ seats?

This is the third part of our blog series examining key battlegrounds in the 2017 General Election. Access the first and second parts here and here. Will the Liberal Democrats sweep up ‘Remain’ seats? It is little surprise that the Liberal Democrats are pursuing an election campaign focused purely on opposing Brexit. As the only UK-wide party unambiguously opposedRead more

Brexit means Brexit: What impact will the general election have on the UK’s exit from the EU?

No sooner had Theresa May called for a snap election than pundits began offering diametrically opposed interpretations of what it means for Brexit. What commentators forgot in the immediate aftermath of the announcement is that May is a careful, methodical and consistent politician. Her vision of what Brexit looks like was mapped out in herRead more

Macron-ations

The French have chosen who they will decide between in the upcoming presidential run off. The last few weeks have caused many a blood pressure to rise with four vastly different candidates having a chance at winning, but now it is clear that Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron will go tête-à-tête in two week’sRead more

The Brexit betrayal or a sense of reality?

Earlier this month, the government’s rhetoric on Brexit signalled its ongoing commitment towards delivering a hard exit from the EU. Theresa May warned EU leaders that no deal was better than a bad deal, and the ambition of reducing net migration to the UK to the ‘tens of thousands’ by 2020 was a non-negotiable principleRead more