Brussels struggles to stray from the letter of the rules – and thus insists on treating the UK as an ordinary third party despite our unique security relationship.
Posts by Ashley Fox MEP
Ashley Fox is an MEP for South West England, and is the leader of Britain’s Conservative MEPs.Follow @
I believe last week’s inner cabinet meeting at Chequers will be seen as a key staging post in Britain’s exit from the European Union.
Brexit looms large, of course, but now Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic are also fighting with the EU Commission over self-determination.
Ashley Fox: I believe that there will be a Brexit deal. But Hammond must none the less use his Budget to prepare for the worst.
If the measures involved prove unnecessary, any money lost will be a fraction of the financial gains from having secured a mutually acceptable deal.
Ashley Fox: The UK’s negotiators have the freedom to innovate and compromise, but Barnier’s hands are tied
The famous photo of the EU’s negotiator sitting with a pile of papers was misinterpreted. Those were the order that limit his scope.
EU leaders care less about the result than many in Britain think. They are used to leading minority governments, and just want to get on with the talks.
Some in the EU still imagine Britain might u-turn. Let’s show them without doubt that we won’t.
Juncker has presented MEPs with five options, but the responses show how hard Brussels politicians will find it to change their attitudes.
Our MEPs must smooth the path of the Brexit negotiations whilst also remaining engaged in the day-to-day business of the European Parliament.
Unintentionally, the socialists of this Belgian region have done us a favour by making the free trade championing UK look an increasingly attractive partner.
The starting point for our negotiations should be to retain full access to – but not membership of – the Single Market, while also taking full control of our borders.
Ashley Fox: This referendum campaign has harmed our party’s reputation, and I’ll be glad when it’s over.
Plus: Sorting out energy. Protection from Putin. And: furthering the single market.
The leader of Britain’s Conservative MEPs reports from the European Parliament.
Conservatives in the European Parliament are leading the way to implement a Passenger Name Record system.
Garvan Walshe’s attack on them on this site last week was mistaken.