It would need unanimous agreement. Looking at each of the 27’s varying comments, there are six distinct camps of opinion.
Posts Tagged: Austria
Alex Morton: Conservatives must be able to debate the future of their Party’s ideas as well as its future leader
Allowing everything to be dominated by questions of personalities undermines essential thinking about matters of policy.
WATCH: May – “I’m confident that on Sunday we’ll be able to agree a deal which works for the whole UK family, including Gibraltar”
“The agreement we’ve reached is between the UK and the European Commission – it is now up to the 27 leaders of the other EU member states…”
Garvan Walshe: Merkel stood firm against her party’s worst instincts on immigration. And paid the price.
What would the lesser men who would bring her down have done: put migrants on sealed trains in their tens of thousands and send them – where, exactly?
In justifying their defence of Austria’s ‘blasphemy law’, its judges seem to be not just expanding but changing the relevant protections in the Convention.
Henry Newman: Has the Prime Minister’s change of tack on Brexit bought any goodwill with her EU counterparts?
We will know soon enough, when the leaders reassemble for the next opportunity to break the impasse.
Our exit in will coincide with a new cycle of European elections which will redraw political power in the European Parliament and other EU institutions.
Rory Geoghegan: Short-term prison sentences do nothing for prolific offenders. We must get serious about tackling the causes of crime.
Our latest Centre for Social Justice report – Desperate for a Fix – focuses on prolific drug-addicted people and proposes a new Second Chance Programme.
Henry Newman: The unified reaction to the Skripal affair suggests talk of Britain’s ‘isolation’ was premature
To listen to some commentators a few weeks ago, you’d have thought it was only EU membership – not shared interests and values – that brings allies together.
The EU bureaucracy, with its supranational claims, is a godsend to him. But he is more pragmatic than he looks. He does not want a Hungary without allies.
Those who still refuse to accept we’re really going to leave the EU are misreading the process, the politics, and the people.
Syed Kamall: Why time pressure is cutting both ways in the Brexit talks – with pressure on the EU as well as the UK
Already, the EU is demanding discussion of certain trade matters which, according to its repeated statements, should not be brought up until the next phase of talks.
By seeing off Le Pen and electing the most ideologically pro-EU president since Giscard d’Estaing, France has changed the game.
With growing problems at home, many member states are at odds with the Commission’s punitive line on Brexit.
Iain Duncan Smith: Britain last June. America last month. Now Italy. Next, Germany? France? Holland? Revolt against the elites is sweeping the West.
Are we seeing a convulsion as great as 1968 – or even 1848?