Northern Irish devolution: Some Assembly required

Before the Assembly collapsed in January this year – in the wake of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scandal – there were extraordinary scenes. In the days in December 2016 all the parties except the DUP left the Chamber as the First Minister, Arlene Foster, got up to defend her role in making the RHIRead more

Same stakes, different leverage: a look at transatlantic trade post-Brexit

You may have seen a flurry of stories this week fretting over chlorinated chicken and GMOs flooding into the UK from the US. This was perhaps not the reaction Liam Fox had hoped for in his recent visit to the country, where he was discussing a proposed new transatlantic deal. Uncoincidentally, these stories bear aRead more

Barnier’s backbone?: How the UK is losing the public war over Brexit

The British press is down on David Davis and his Brexit negotiation team. Open the paper (or the app on your smartphone) and you’ll see reports and opinion pieces criticising strategy, preparedness and positions. Barnier’s EU team, on the other hand, looks ready for whatever comes their way, whether that is broad discussion on principlesRead 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

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

Trigger Happy

In January this year, Theresa May stood up in Lancaster House outlining her twelve negotiating priorities for Brexit talks, emphasising the need for a “new partnership” and finding a deal that worked for both sides. May did not shy away from tough rhetoric, threatening to walk away if she didn’t get the deal she wanted,Read more

Brexit, Brexit and more Brexit

The UK’s departure from the EU increasingly reflected acrimonious divorce proceedings this week, as the House of Commons debated the Bill to allow the government to trigger Article 50. Despite divides between and within parties, impassioned arguments on both sides and wrangling late into the night, the Commons voted overwhelmingly for the government “to getRead more

Wish upon a White Paper

As expected, the Brexit White Paper published today by the government largely mirrors last month’s Lancaster House speech by the Prime Minister. The pre-publication jokes on the White Paper’s expected content, including that it would be a three page red, white and blue document simply stating ‘Brexit means Brexit’, have been proved false. Yet, suchRead more