From the start, the trade bloc has not fully understood the Belfast Agreement and has been slow to see that it undermined many of its positions.
Posts Tagged: Withdrawal Agreement
Dan Pitt: In spite of this pandemic, constitutional reforms remain a high priority for Conservatives
Johnson’s election manifesto promised to remove the Fixed-term Parliaments Act, among other pledges.
Stephen Booth: Contrary to expectations, the UK may have the upper hand as Brexit negotiations intensify
With its objective being British sovereignty, Johnson’s government can justify economic disruption better than the EU.
Stephen Booth: On the Northern Ireland Protocol, the UK’s negotiating hand is stronger than people think
The formal deadline for agreeing an extension to the transition period is close, but Britain is unlikely to ask for one.
Anand Menon and Jonathan Portes: On balance, the pandemic strengthens the case for extending the Brexit transition
The choice could have profound consequences for the future of the UK economy, not just for next year but for decades.
Stephen Booth: The UK and EU should agree a deal this year. The implementation period is the tricky part.
With draft texts exchanged, it’s unlikely that the Government will seek out a Brexit extension.
As ERG Chairman his unyielding opposition to May’s Deal proved to be of great significance.
The final tally is 330 votes to 231 – a decisive margin.
Getting a deal on the future relationship in a mere 11 months will be challenging, but it is not impossible.
The Prime Minister says that the Government is now “one step closer to getting Brexit done” as his majority breaks the deadlock in Parliament.
The Shadow Education Secretary says the question about Labour’s stance on a future withdrawal agreement is a hypothetical one.
There has been no agreement between the two parties. And the whole thrust of our campaign is to colonise the centre ground, not retreat from it.
He says his party is open to a ‘Leave Alliance’, but will go it alone if Johnson continues to rebuff their advances.
The first phase may have been the most fraught, but Johnson’s deal leaves lots to do – and many decisions to make – in the next stage.
Like rugby team experiencing ‘white line fever’, it seems the closer the objective is, the more unforced errors they suffer.