Andrew Duff

EU Elections 2019 05-09-2018

Constitutional reform for a sovereign Europe

In next year's European election, many politicians will preach about the need to "reform" the European Union but few will know what they are talking about. Two who do know are Viktor Orban and Emmanuel Macron, writes Andrew Duff.
Brexit 14-03-2018

Duff: post-Brexit association agreement one step closer

The resolution on Brexit voted with a large majority in the European Parliament today (March 14) sketches the outlines of a new EU-UK association agreement and brings us one step closer towards a dynamic post-Brexit relationship, writes Andrew Duff.
Brexit 24-10-2017

Duff on #EUCO: May not savaged but salvaged

During the latest European Council (19-20 October), President Donald Tusk and his colleagues took the point that to savage the British prime minister in Brussels would further undermine her already weak position in London and risk the ascendancy of Boris Johnson, argues Andrew Duff.
EU Priorities 2020 11-09-2017

Duff : Is the European Parliament really a serious parliament?

Over the years, step by step, the European Parliament has won a share of real constitutional power. Today, circumstances have thrown it a golden opportunity to take another major step – but it looks as though MEPs are going to retreat again, argues Andrew Duff.
Brexit 06-09-2017

Duff: New joint EU-UK court needed post Brexit

To manage Brexit and prepare for what is to come, Andrew Duff argues for the creation of a new joint EU-UK court to settle the disputes that a joint EU-UK authority cannot resolve politically or technically.
Continued UK participation in Euratom can be assured on a provisional basis under the terms of the Article 50 secession treaty.
Brexit 12-07-2017

Duff: Brexit and Euratom: No need to panic

Incipient panic about the future of Britain’s nuclear industry has rocketed Euratom into the Brexit headlines. In doing so, staggering ignorance is displayed by too many MPs and journalists about the basic facts of the matter, writes Andrew Duff in BlogActiv.
Enlargement 23-11-2016

How Erdogan’s purge hit the EU and NATO

The European Parliament will this week vote on whether to suspend Turkey’s EU membership bid. Andrew Duff explains how the Turkish military has reacted to Erdoğan’s power grabbing and how NATO fits into the equation.
Brexit 28-10-2016

Could UK choose a ‘Ukrainian model’ after Brexit?

British confusion has given rise to hopes and fears that Brexit may not actually mean Brexit. Andrew Duff makes the case for an association agreement when the UK leaves.
Brexit 06-10-2016

The bold, the barmy and the mish-mash: Brexit after the party conferences

Mercifully, the party political conference season in Britain is over. We would not normally pay too much attention to the resolutions on EU policy passed by party rank and file delegates. But after Brexit it’s worth taking a closer look, writes Andrew Duff.
Brexit 31-08-2016

The silver lining to the Brexit cloud

After a fairly restless summer, the mood on Brexit has shifted in Brussels. Initial disbelief that the UK could have voted to leave is now replaced by acceptance that, “Brexit means Brexit”, writes Andrew Duff.
Brexit 05-07-2016

Everything you need to know about Article 50

Most people will have never read a single article of the Treaty on European Union (TEU) before they stumbled recently across the much reported on Article 50. Here is Andrew Duff’s comprehensive guide to the many aspects of Article 50.

Global Europe 14-06-2016

Erdogan’s apogee

Turks, being both friendly and political, usually ask visitors what they think of Turkey. Seldom nowadays do they like the answer, writes Andrew Duff.
Brexit 26-05-2016

How to leave the European Union properly

After a raucous post-Brexit weekend, one assumes that the prime minister will make an apologetic statement to the House of Commons. Then, as bags are packed at Number 10, David will make his last appearance at the Council, writes Andrew Duff.
Brexit 29-04-2016

Will there really be a ‘new settlement’ between Britain and Europe?

The opinion polls show a small but steady majority for Remain and the Leavers still lack a coherent prospectus for Brexit. Surely, as a Commission official told me this week, ‘things will be back to normal after 23 June’. But such wishful thinking is misplaced, writes Andrew Duff.
Brexit 04-02-2016

‘Facilitating Coexistence’: the endgame for Brexit

There is much said and to be said about this Brexit business, writes Andrew Duff. The Liberal leader gives his view on the continuation of negotiations between now and the meeting of the European Council on 18-19 February.
Andrew Duff
Global Europe 14-01-2016

The Frankfurt Protocol: Calling for a new treaty for the eurozone

Faced with a series of unprecedented difficulties, the EU has little choice but to move forward swiftly to the next stage of integration. The way to do that is through treaty change, argues Anfrew Duff in his latest pamphlet 'The Frankfurt Protocol'.
Andrew Duff
Brexit 19-11-2015

Making the Brexit deal ‘formal, legally-binding and irreversible’

If the heads of government want to placate Cameron, they can promise to change the treaty in the future, but such a promise will be neither legally-binding nor irreversible, writes Andrew Duff.
French President and German Chancellor address a solemn plenary session in Strasbourg on 22 November 1989 following the fall of the Berlin's Wall
EU Priorities 2020 02-10-2015

A Franco-German duet in front of a fractious Parliament

Those who wish Europe well will be hoping that Merkel can emulate Kohl’s leadership, and that Hollande can cut a more commanding figure than the wily Mitterrand, writes Andrew Duff.
Grexit
Euro & Finance 08-07-2015

How to leave the Euro, more or less legally

If a Grexit proves unavoidable, it will require expert management, writes Andrew Duff. The ex-MEP explains how it should be negotiated, if Athens is forced to leave the eurozone.
Andrew Duff, former MEP and former president of the Union of European Federalists (UEF) [European Parliament]
EU Priorities 2020 16-12-2014

Turkey’s EU accession negotiations should now be suspended

Tuesday’s (16 December) meeting of the General Affairs Council is going to have to take a fresh look at the EU’s deteriorating relationship with Turkey. Turkey’s EU Accession Negotiations should now be suspended, writes Andrew Duff.
Andrew Duff, former MEP and former president of the Union of European Federalists (UEF) [European Parliament]
Brexit 03-12-2014

MEPs face loss of legitimacy if they fail parliamentary reform

If the European Union lacks somewhat in terms of popular legitimacy, the electoral procedure of the European Parliament must have something to do with it. Fortunately, Parliament is itself responsible for initiating electoral reform, although like all parliaments it must overcome the vested interests of serving deputies that provide an in-built bias towards the status quo, writes Andrew Duff.

Coming soon: another Cameron speech

As British Prime Minister David Cameron readies another big speech about Europe and immigration, he should be aware that freedom of movement is the most important element of the proud concept of EU citizenship, and that if he was looking for a major EU ‘red line’, he should look no further, writes Andrew Duff.