Empire Building?

The Economist (TE) in its Charlemagne column of 13 October offers an explanation of why Europe (i.e. the EU) will “…never produce a Google”. https://www.economist.com/europe/2018/10/13/europes-history-explains-why-it-will-never-produce-a-google “Europe lacks large firms in areas like social media, e-commerce and cloud computing comparable in scale to America’s Google and Microsoft, or China’s Alibaba and Baidu.” “Europe’s history explains the … More Empire Building?


PR = Profoundly Ridiculous? Article 2 of the EU treaties states: “The Union is founded on the values of respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities. These values are common to the Member States in a society in … More Shorties-19

Second Referendum Test

In the 2016 Referendum the people decided to leave the European Union but had very little idea of the effects this would have on their country. Therefore when the terms of separation are agreed the people must have the right to decide again, provided they now understand these effects. To avoid another defective decision (which … More Second Referendum Test


Floccinaucinihilipilification You may be interested to learn about floccinaucinihilipilification. This is the longest word in Hansard, used by Jacob Rees-Mogg in condemning the ECJ’s judges for ruling on their own salary increases: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmXQOJhd0_0 It was clever, not just because of the extraordinary word itself but because the issue gained a bit more traction in the … More Quickies-4


More Negotiations Reuters reports in an article that can be found here: https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-britain-eu-options/stairway-to-brexit-barnier-maps-out-uks-canadian-path-idUKKBN1ED23R “[I]n an interview with several European newspapers on Monday, Barnier stressed that any deal would not replicate the kind of access London financial services firms have now and he has repeatedly said that while a trade pact will be tailored to the … More Shorties-18