We have finally agreed something with the EU – to extend the negotiations for an extra 21 months. Under the EU treaty rules we could have agreed to simply extend the Article 50 period beyond the minimum 2 years. Instead we will have left in theory in the minimum time but hardly in practice. We … More Transitional Agreement
Polls suggest that potential Leave and Remain votes haven’t changed much since the Referendum though some have swapped sides, either frightened or disgusted by what has since happened. The EU is proving a tough negotiator in the Brexit talks, even an inflexible one. This promises to do us harm when we leave yet many still … More On the Other Hand
Financially Speaking M. Barnier: “There is no place [for financial services]. … There is not a single trade agreement that is open to financial services. It doesn’t exist.” May: “The EU has included financial services, to varying degrees, in quite a number of the trade agreements that they have already established with other countries.” The … More Shorties-15
A tourist asks a local for directions to Dublin. The Irishman replies: ‘Well sir, if I were you, I wouldn’t start from here’. (Apology: this old joke has also been told about a Scotsman, a New Yorker and probably others, so no disrespect intended to the Irish in particular.) If you wanted an invisible, frictionless … More Divide or Rule?
“I have never understood why public opinion about European ideas should be taken into account.” Attributed to Raymond Barre, former French premier and European commissioner This quotation accurately, honestly and succinctly characterises both the original and the current attitudes that underpin the whole European Union project. The whole is a castle built on the sands … More Can EU be Reformed?