As in many other technical subjects, the Brexit debate uses common words but with specialist meanings and this can be confusing for non-specialists. For example, most people think ‘gutter’ has to do with drainage but a printer thinks of it as the extra margin space that will stop the binding … More The Brexit Lexicon (Part 1)
The EU rescue package for the national economies worst hit by coronavirus is a top-level agreement between Council members based on a Commission proposal. The EU Parliament, at the next level down, has no direct vote or veto but wants to make its presence count. Earlier, in May this year, the European Parliament (EP) drew … More Rescue Action, Reaction and Inaction
The EU’s national leaders put on a brave and united front concerning the agreement reached last week on funding recovery from the corona virus pandemic, but what do they think back home? Italy The biggest recipient of funds from the rescue package, by far, will be Italy but that might not be enough to reverse … More Reactions to the EU’s Recovery Plan
A rescue fund has been agreed but will the citizens (voters) of the giving and receiving nations be satisfied? ‘If we can just heave past this covid crisis we’ll be a lot further on the path to a properly-functioning state at EU level’. We imagine this is the thinking of Commission members after the national … More The EU Covid Recovery Plan
Until its citizens voted to leave, the UK headed the awkward squad of countries that were uncomfortable within the EU. Has the Netherlands reluctantly assumed the role? In June 2016, just before the British referendum, we quoted from an article in The Guardian newspaper, which suggested that citizens of the EU shared “a deep loss … More Dutch Disengagement
Nations should only be united to an extent that benefits all members of their union. When Brexit is complete, at the end of the Transition Period, powers exercised by Brussels will be returned to the UK. As things stand, those not explicitly reserved for Westminster will pass to the UK’s devolved administrations – including farming, … More A Trading Union
Despite not hitting the headlines at the moment, things are happening which will affect the future relationship between Britain and the EU. The Academy-Award-winning film All Quiet On The Western Front was based on the novel Im Westen nichts Neues by Erich Remarque, which translates literally as ‘Nothing New In the West’. The phrase was … More All Quiet On The Brexit Front
For this quiescent period in the negotiations we present a selection of previous posts, grouped under several themes. As EU-UK trade negotiations approach their deadlines things seem to have ‘entered the tunnel’ (to use the EU’s phrase) and the covid pandemic has taken priority over everything else. We have used the lull to review some … More Reading Guide – 1
The Single Market and Customs Union never worked to the advantage of the UK economy. If the shoe won’t fit, don’t wear it – walk away. That’s good advice from a podiatrist and an appropriate analogy for an economist or lawyer. The EU has never been a comfortable fit for the UK economy or legal … More Does the Shoe Fit?
A level Playing Field refereed by the EU’s judges and the effective continuation of the Common Fisheries Policy stand in the way of reaching a trade agreement, unless these demands are bent, or the UK caves in. There is not a lot of Brexit news to review at the moment except that with deadlines approaching … More Going Round the Bend, Again
It demands a level playing field to reach a trade agreement with Britain but it is not level itself. We wouldn’t keep harping on about the EU’s Level Playing Field mantra (LPF) if they would stop insisting on it in the Brexit negotiations while flouting it themselves. In our last post  we remarked on … More Will EU Level With Us?