This imbalance is driven by the core science budget: the Research Councils (which fund projects) and Quality Related “QR” funding, which universities allocate.
While trade deals have taken on an important political and symbolic value, their benefits are typically smaller and slower to materialise than many realise.
It would increase our power to control freedom of movement, plus our laws and finances – and deliver on the referendum result.
It is utterly confusing to provide 12,000 course options at Level 3 or below. The system must be reformed.
In English, Barnier said: “I’ll have done my job if, in the end, the deal is so tough on the British that they’d prefer to stay in the EU”.
Indeed, it would be best to pause Brexit altogether until the parties have worked out what they want – and put it to voters in a general election.
Does authority reside with Parliament or the People? And are MPs representatives or delegates? Both must be answered.
Some will ask “Trump versus China: where does the UK stand?” The answer will be: “Ask Brussels – as the UK isn’t allowed to have a trade policy of its own”.
In the third piece in our mini-series evaluating the EEA, our columnist wonders how both sides managed to become so hostile to moderate concepts.
What may count most today is not whether the water simmers over, but whether his temper and patience do instead – or first.
“Showing a combination of angry rhetoric and then irresolution in the talks has been the worst possible combination.”
Either a new dispute resolution mechanism will be required, or the UK could dock into part of the EFTA court to resolve disputes over goods.
Within EFTA, there are already two models of relationship with the EU – the EEA and the Swiss model. There is no reason why there could not be a third.
Not being able to blame Brussels for our problems nor look to the EU for solutions will be immensely reinvigorating.
Do we really want them either to declare independence, or else become benefit claimants, funded by British taxpayers?