The EU is caught between making more effective decisions and compromising its smaller members’ interests.
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The UK can and should achieve its ambitious emissions reductions targets. But it will only get there by making the most of all energy sources and technologies.
Bill Cash: We would be within our rights to override the Withdrawal Agreement. And in any event, the EU itself is a law-breaker.
Look, too, at the track record of EU Member States. In 2020, Germany’s highest court ruled on subordinating EU law to German law. The EU took no action.
Stephen Booth: Why the row about the Northern Ireland Protocol suggests that the EU’s position isn’t quite as strong as it likes to think
How plausible is it that the UK would zealously enforce EU rules in a scenario in which trade agreement talks have broken down acrimoniously?
The CBI supports the Government’s timetable and Starmer is keeping his head down. It is quite the turnaround.
Specific governance arrangements can be established in individual areas, and an agreement should sit outside the overarching institutional framework.
Roderick Crawford: It’s time to recast the Brexit trade negotiation – and for Johnson to travel to Brussels
Essentially, the EU seems to want a controlled partnership, not a partnership that works because there are shared values and common interests.
Roderick Crawford: The UK/EU negotiation. How the impasse on state aid arose and how it can be ended.
It is clear from the Declaration that the Council’s directives for negotiating the future relationship with the UK have departed substantially from it.
No Deal 1) There is a green fly in the red, white and blue ointment. Or the other way round, if you prefer.
The lack of an agreed border with Ireland makes “an Australian-style settlement” more unlikely than would otherwise be the case.
Their words, like Johnson’s visit itself, look more like more gambits in a blame game than a genuine change of heart.
Geoffrey van Orden: Why Conservative MEPs voted for von der Leyen, an advocate of an EU army, for Commission President
The alternatives were worse – and her record in overseeing the Bundeswehr suggests that the misguided project would be doomed on her watch.
Garvan Walshe: By picking von der Leyen, the EU has ensured that Remain would lose a second referendum
The ‘remain and reform’ mantra was implausible to begin with, but the choice of new EU Commission President fatally undermines it.
Who are you voting for to run the EU Commission? Have you watched the debates and scrutinised their manifestos? Oh, wait.
Mark Harper: We need a date for Britain to leave the EU. But here’s why it can’t be October 31st – much as I’d like it to be.
So how are we going to get a new deal? The key is to build strong relationships, both across the Party, with our DUP allies, and with our European partners.
Henry Newman: The Alternative Arrangements Commission offers the best route through the backstop problem
There are real, viable answers to this sticky problem. But rebuilding trust may be as hard as resolving technical questions.