EU-UK Trade: Festina Lente

By Denis MacShane One of the biggest red herrings in this year’s Brexit threnody has been the endless words wasted on the question of an extension at the end of June. A completely artificial argument has been created by supporters of Dominic Cummings’s hard / no-deal Brexit coterie, and those like Ed Davey and Caroline…

The Withdrawal Agreement is leaving Britons abroad behind

By Jayne Adye Chief Brexit Negotiator for the European Union, Michel Barnier, constantly talks about the Withdrawal Agreement’s obligations not being fulfilled by the United Kingdom, as well as implications the UK is not taking the Brexit negotiations seriously enough to secure a Deal. One of the main themes of Barnier’s argument is the matter of ‘EU…

Statement by New Europeans about the voting rights of EU citizens

We welcome the announcement by the UK government that EU citizens from Poland will continue to enjoy the same democratic rights in Britain as they did prior to Britain leaving the European Union. (Poland, UK sign bi-lateral voting rights treaty, Polandin.com This decision is long overdue and follows similar announcements in relation to the rights of Spanish,…

Rags to Rags in 3 Generations

So it was today when the EU approved the withdrawal of Britain from the EU. The Presidents of the European Commission and the European Council – Ursula von der Leyen and Charles Michel – have signed the Withdrawal Agreement, paving the way for its ratification by the European Parliament. The Parliament will meet on 29…

UK Election Campaign

UK party leaders have defended their Brexit policies ahead of the UK election in December. The first televised debates between Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn took place. Brexit dominated the first half of  the debate and the two leaders each had important messages to get across on the vexed topic. David Shiels, of the leading UK based…

EU Launches Infringement Proceedings Against UK

The EU has started legal action against the UK for not putting forward a new commissioner. A commission statement said, “As the Guardian of the Treaties, the European Commission has today sent a letter of formal notice to the United Kingdom for breaching its EU Treaty obligations by not suggesting a candidate for the post of…

EU Fisheries post-Brexit

Europe’s regions have outlined “key” messages that they say should be a baseline for the forthcoming negotiations between the EU and the UK on a post-Brexit fisheries agreement.  They set out the demands on 14 November, on the occasion of the 30th General Assembly of the Atlantic Arc Commission (AAC). Regions of the Atlantic Arc adopted a…

Intelligence report on Russian interference in UK Brexit referendum “may never see the light of day”

A sensitive report into Russian interference in the Brexit referendum campaign in 2016 is being sat on by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.The report is the work of the Intelligence and Security Committee of the UK parliament, chaired by Dominic Grieve.  Before it can be published, the Prime Minister must give his approval for publication,…

UK Politics in Trouble: Smith

SNP MEP Alyn Smith has today given an impassioned speech in the European Parliament in Strasbourg warning that the Leave campaigns lied and broke the law, and that politicians from the campaign will do so again in the upcoming EU elections. Smith said: “President, thank you. So as a Scottish and UK member it turns out reports of…