Denis MacShane

Brexit 19-11-2018

The Brexit saga will go on for years

The deal agreed between the United Kingdom and the European Union has detonated the biggest political dispute in British politics since Neville Chamberlain came back from Munich in 1938 waving a leaf of paper and proclaiming he had won “Peace in our time”, writes Denis MacShane.
Global Europe 16-10-2018

As Putin falters, possible next leader of Russia in Brussels this week 

Vladimir Putin is now 66, the average age of death for a Russian male. He keeps fit so we can expect he will live longer than his fellow Russian men, whose standard of living and health care has not been at the forefront of his near two decades of rule, writes Denis MacShane.
Brexit 17-07-2018

7 nightmare days for Theresa May

A second referendum or an extension to Article 50 could be the only way to cut the Brexit Gordian knot, argues Denis MacShane as he reflects on a nightmare week for Theresa May.
Brexit 29-06-2018

On Brexit, Theresa May is a true Fabian

As Theresa May returns from yet another European Council where she had nothing to say in concrete terms to her fellow 27 heads of government on Brexit, she could actually be copying the tactics of one of the most famous Roman leaders, writes Denis MacShane.
Brexit 11-06-2018

Johnson and Davis isolated as key Brexit Tory MPs opt for pragmatism

On the eve of the second anniversary of the Brexit plebiscite, nothing but nothing is clear on what the UK government’s policy is, still less on what the official opposition’s policy is. All the enthusiasm for Brexit has disappeared from political life in Britain, writes Denis MacShane.
Brexit 17-05-2018

Brexit turns into a constitutional crisis in Britain

Divisions across the UK's political institutions are turning Brexit into a major domestic constitutional crisis, writes Denis MacShane.
Politics 18-04-2018

Mysterious Martin, Sinister Selmayr

Selmayr will have no role in the choice of the next European Commission president, but for Eurosceptics, it was a gift from heaven to read a long attack on Selmayr as proof of how the EU is run by a secret cabal of unelected power-holders who dictate what the EU is and does, writes Denis MacShane.
Brexit 22-03-2018

Barnier-Davis deal puts off all key decisions as Brexiternity beckons

A Brexiternity beckons for the years ahead, well past the next general election, as political, economic and policy shapers will debate and disagree on what kind of Brexit the UK wants and needs, writes Denis MacShane.
Aviation 09-03-2018

Ryanair right to warn on flights as British Airways waits for Brexit Harry Potter

UK-based airlines will face serious problems sorting out their flying rights when the UK leaves the Single Market and Customs Union, writes Denis McShane.
Brexit 01-03-2018

Tony Blair is right on immigration but did nothing to control freedom of movement

After Brexit, the rest of Europe will control freedom of movement sensibly without discriminating on grounds of nationality, adhering to the principle that has been in all European treaties since 1950, writes Denis MacShane.
Enlargement 16-02-2018

Two cheers for Balkan Boris

UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has come in for plenty of criticism in his 19 months in post. But there is one area of foreign policy where he has been faultless and where indeed Britain can play a leading role in shaping Europe’s future direction of travel, explains Denis MacShane.
Brexit 17-01-2018

From Queen Mary to Macron – the Calais problem is eternal

If the frontier was on British rather than on French soil, the French believe the immigrants would not be drawn to Calais, writes Denis MacShane.
Brexit 08-12-2017

Brexit set to dominate UK politics for years ahead

In March, Michel Barnier told me he had offered the UK a two-year transition period after April 2019 in which Britain could trade freely without tariffs or duties, provided London accepted existing EU rules and laws on social protection, environment and rights of EU citizens. Denis MacShane explains.
Brexit 14-11-2017

Does return of EU growth weaken case for Brexit?

One of the more powerful arguments advanced in Britain by Eurosceptics – from hardline Brexit ideologues to polite rationalists who disliked many aspects of European integration - was that the European Union had a dreadful economic tale to tell this century, writes Denis MacShane.
Brexit 16-10-2017

May and Corbyn now say yes to Europe – sort of

So now we know that the main party leaders in Britain would vote to stay in the EU if there was a second referendum - hence the growing attacks on the government from those in the Brexit camp, writes Denis MacShane.
Brexit 28-09-2017

Opting for EU realism, Corbyn tries to brand Tories as Brexit fundamentalists

Like a crab emerging cautiously from under his rock, the Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn is millimetre-by-millimetre re-calibrating his party line on Brexit, writes Denis MacShane.
Brexit 22-06-2017

EU socialists puzzled at Labour’s hostility to Europeans in UK

Jeremy Corbyn meets fellow centre-left leaders in the Party of European Socialists today to discuss Brexit, writes Denis MacShane.
Enlargement 16-06-2017

Kosovo lurches to nationalism as Brussels lets down its friends

Elections in the West Balkans are never easy. Federica Mogherini might consider intervening now on the side of the pro-European forces in Kosovo, writes Denis MacShane.
Elections 12-05-2017

Albania: How not to lose an election? Refuse to take part…

All eyes are on elections in Britain, France and soon Germany but quite the most bizarre election seen in Europe since the end of communism is due to take ten days after the British poll next month, writes Denis MacShane.
Brexit 29-03-2017

Brexit ‘letter’ is nothing new: What May did not say

After the Trump-like picture of Theresa May signing her Article 50 letter, there was nothing new in her statement in the House of Commons, writes Denis MacShane.
Enlargement 20-03-2017

Forget Russia, new menace in Western Balkans is Trump-style populist politics

A new menace is stalking the Western Balkans: the region's political leaders themselves. Many are now retreating from serious engagement with Europe in order to play internal political games, writes Denis MacShane.
Global Europe 03-03-2017

Balkan Mission Impossible for Mogherini

Europe’s foreign policy supremo, Federica Mogherini, is off on a mission even more difficult than getting Iran and the US to agree their nuclear deal, writes Denis MacShane.
Brexit 17-01-2017

May throws down gauntlet to European leaders

Watching Theresa May in a hotel room in the capital of a small European nation, not in the EU, has been a surreal experience. Her insistence that every other EU leader had to accept that their citizens cannot any longer travel to the UK on the terms they can today seemed borderline impertinent, writes Denis MacShane.
Brexit 04-01-2017

Sir Ivan Rogers leaves May’s small tent

Sir Ivan Rogers is not a Foreign Office smoothy, the kind of charming brilliant dip who used to live in the Rue Ducale and out-negotiate the Eurocrats with effortless ease, writes Denis MacShane, reflecting on the sudden departure of the UK's envoy to the EU.