Brexit Archives

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

    01-03-2018

    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.

  • Two conflicts with the potential to increase European welfare

    EU Priorities 2020 01-03-2018

    The answer to two major European conflicts, Brexit-induced financial problems and the refugee crisis, could be welfare-enhancing. Only after implementing solutions to those problems can Europe start to reform governance and boost innovation, writes Karl Aiginger.

  • Cohesion Policy post-2020: Doing more with less and additional private funding

    Economy & Jobs 19-02-2018

    In the aftermath of Brexit, which is expected to create a financial gap of €14 billion per year, doing more with less has, once again, become a cliché. But this time it is different, writes centre-right MEP Maria Spyraki.

     

  • What freedom of movement means to business

    08-02-2018

    Although the question of European nationals in the UK has been addressed, the fate of UK nationals working in the EEA still remains unknown. It's a pressing topic for EU and UK businesses, writes Robert Glick.

  • Why transnational lists are good for European democracy

    Elections 06-02-2018

    Ahead of Wednesday's vote in the European Parliament, eight influential politicians from all the leading European parties explain why transnational lists will benefit European democracy.

  • May unwavering in China

    China 02-02-2018

    Even though the UK is currently weakened because of Brexit, May still stood her ground during her visit in China and did not bow down to their demands, showing true British stubbornness, writes Francois Godement.

  • The EU’s fake news fraud

    #Media4EU 23-01-2018

    The war against fake news is exaggerated and overwrought. If anything, European policymakers are engaging in their own form of dishonest, hysterical yellow news policymaking, argues William Echikson.

  • EU 2018: A big year to be big on big things

    Future EU 23-01-2018

    With European Parliament elections, a new European Commission and Brexit scheduled, attention of some EU observers is already beginning to drift to 2019. However, focus should not shift too fast as the twelve months ahead promise major EU developments, which could mark 2018 down in the annals of EU history, insists Tom Parker.

  • British have always detested the CAP: What now, with UKAP?

    Agrifood 22-01-2018

    Britain’s business world sees the transition period as a positive achievement, but for the UK it would be like jumping out of the EU plane without a parachute, writes Daniel Guéguen.

     

  • Europe needs more money for research, here’s where to get it

    Economy & Jobs 18-01-2018

    The lack of funding needed to achieve Europe's widely advertised ambitions for global excellence in research and innovation should be addressed in discussing Horizon 2020’s successor. Understanding the challenge and where the money could realistically come from is key, writes Thomas Estermann.

  • From Queen Mary to Macron – the Calais problem is eternal

    17-01-2018

    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.

  • Pro-Europeans in the UK have cause for optimism

    16-01-2018

    2018 will be the most important year for the Brexit process. With just over a year to go until the UK formally leaves the EU, there is still all to play for, where pro-Europeans in the UK like Open Britain can take courage from recent political and economic events.

  • For the UK’s post-Brexit economy, no deal is the worst deal

    09-01-2018

    As UK Prime Minister Theresa May teases the prospect of appointing a minister for a ‘no deal’ scenario during her cabinet reshuffle, Charles Rie and Marco Hafner outline the potential risks of Britain leaving the EU without an exit agreement.

  • Brexit: The long and winding road

    14-12-2017

    ‘Live horse and you’ll get grass’ is an old Irish proverb used in the context of vague promises of future benefits. This is precisely where Ireland stands with the vague promises on the Irish border issue, writes Dick Roche.

  • Unions across Europe want a Brexit deal to work for working people

    12-12-2017

    This week’s European Council summit looks certain to give the green light to the EU to open negotiations on a new relationship with the UK. Frances O’Grady and Luca Visentini explain what trade unions in the EU and the UK want from the future deal.

  • Tories sleepwalk towards soft Brexit

    08-12-2017

    The UK government was deluded when it thought reaching a deal would be easy. It is deluded now in underestimating the concession it has made, writes Conor Quinn.

  • Brexit set to dominate UK politics for years ahead

    08-12-2017

    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.

  • The key to unlocking Brexit is… in the Lisbon Treaty

    07-12-2017

    The Northern Irish DUP party, a junior coalition member to Theresa May’s government, is a stumbling block to unlocking the Brexit talks. Dick Roche gives the receipt how the problem can be solved.

  • Brexit and the ghosts of Ireland’s past

    05-12-2017

    Negotiations in Northern Ireland have a law of their own. The Good Friday Agreement came about after months of painstaking diplomacy between London, Belfast and Dublin. Brexit will be no different, writes Dr Melanie Sully.

  • The case for Northern Ireland remaining in the EU single market

    01-12-2017

    The issue of how to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland and keep the 1998 peace deal on track has become the biggest challenge to the progress of Brexit talks. Stephen Farry explains how it can be overcome.

  • Does return of EU growth weaken case for Brexit?

    14-11-2017

    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 and the breaking of environmental promises

    Energy & Environment 18-10-2017

    Brexit will have more immediate impact on the UK’s ability to manage growing stresses on the environment than any other single political development of the past 50 years, writes Tom Burke.

  • Blind forces are in play in the Brexit talks

    18-10-2017

    Anxieties and obsessions, arising from historic divisions in the British Conservative Party, have led to an artificially inflexible and brittle interpretation of the meaning of the 2016 Referendum result, writes former Irish Prime Minister John Bruton.

  • May and Corbyn now say yes to Europe – sort of

    16-10-2017

    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.