In his new book, Jeremy Black traces the history of Britain’s relations with the Continent, and how it bears on the Brexit debate.
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Richard Ritchie: Brexit. Four great Commons debates that show how we got here – and what’s at stake.
That’s to say, those of 1950, 1961, 1967 and 1971. Sovereignty was always the key concern, despite arguments over its meaning.
The latter has never had the clout nor the resources required for it to do its ever-expanding task. It has had to play catch-up.
Andrew Adonis’ new study of Prime Ministers since Churchill shows how difficult it is to reach an acceptable, and practical, European policy.
We need to rekindle l’esprit communautaire, on both sides of the channel. In Walpole’s famous phrase, “this dance can no longer go”.
One take on the President is that behind the flamboyant tweeting is a conventional actor, who knows full well that jaw tweet jaw is better than war tweet war.
I can say, with hand on humble heart, that I have never seen, or even heard of, a document so unconstructively negative as the Guidelines.
Henry Newman: Macron seems determined to prove that Brexiteer fears about a federal Europe were right all along.
But could Germany, in the wake of its election result, now become the prime bulwark against Macron’s and Juncker’s ambitions?
Alex Morton: Will this election deliver the Joe Chamberlain-style conservatism that May really wants?
In her belief in “the good that government can do”, she is quite unique in terms of UK political post-war history.
Maastricht made it clear that the EU was leaving the UK, preferring to become a superstate. We could never agree to such a project.
We should not only meet our spending minimum, but exceed it in order to maximise our vital strategic and tactical needs.
But neither the American President’s concession to Britain nor the question of double standards are likely to deter some Parliamentarians.
Like May’s older-feeling government, America’s presidential candidates fit the demographic facts.
You can only come back in politics if you have first left. And it’s better to take the decision yourself rather than have it forced on you.
A tale of fatal misunderstandings, tensions and deep differences – and of a potential cycle of grievance which all the leadership candidates must stop before it starts.