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The EU Leaders’ Agenda

16 Nov 2017

At the European Council meeting on 19-20 October 2017, President Donald Tusk presented the Leaders’ Agenda, an overview of the main issues he intends to put on the agenda between now and June 2019. This blog describes the content and timetable of that agenda.

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The Nordic-Baltic Grouping and Ireland

01 Nov 2017

The Nordic Baltic grouping could prove to be a natural ally for Ireland in the EU of 27. As Tony Brown writes in this blog, the invitation for Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to attend their meeting on the eve of the European Council summit of 19-20 October is a significant development. 

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Brexit: Forty-Five Years On

18 Oct 2017

Comments from UK Prime Minister Edward Heath and Taoiseach Jack Lynch at a 1972 summit of European Heads of State or Government have a particular resonance today, writes IIEA Senior Fellow, Tony Brown.

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Brexit: Employers Speak

23 Jun 2017

As the formal negotiations began in Brussels on 19 June 2017, the organisations representing businesses in the UK and Ireland produced significant statements on their concerns and demands. This blog rounds up the key positions emerging from those statements.

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Brexit: The First Barnier Policy Papers

01 Jun 2017

The European Commission’s Brexit Task Force has published two position papers setting out initial negotiating positions and providing clarity on the approach to be followed by Michel Barnier and his team as talks get underway.  This blog summarises the key points from these two documents.

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Brexit and the UK Manifestos

23 May 2017

This blog rounds up the key positions of the main UK parties on Brexit, ahead of the General Election on 8 June 2017.

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Brexit and ‘Unity’ of the EU

03 May 2017

From Bratislava last September to Rome on 25 March and on to Brussels last Saturday, via the Commission White Paper on the Future of Europe, ‘Unity’ has become the dominant theme of the EU discourse following the Brexit referendum in the UK.

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Michel Barnier sets out his stall

19 Apr 2017

As the EU-27 prepare for the European Council meeting on 29 April which will set the negotiating mandate for the forthcoming talks with the UK Government, the EU Chief Negotiator, Michel Barnier, has given an insight into his approach to the demanding task to be undertaken by himself and his carefully assembled Brexit Task Force.

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Fateful Letters

30 Mar 2017

On 29 March 2017, the British Government invoked Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union by letter, delivered in person by it Permanent Representative to the EU to the President of the European Council.

This action brings to mind the importance of letters in the history of the relationship between the UK and the European Community/Union from the 1950s when the UK declined to participate in the creation of the EEC. 

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Rome 1957-2017

27 Mar 2017

On Saturday 25 March, the leaders of 27 Member States of the European Union gathered in Rome to mark the 60th anniversary of the Rome Treaty. This blog discusses the Rome Declaration on the future of Europe, which was issued at the summit, as well as the deliberations on the future of the EU27.

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The Commission White Paper on Europe’s Future

02 Mar 2017

On Wednesday 1 March 2017, the European Commission released its White Paper on the Future of Europe. This blog explains the content of the White Paper, noting the five scenarios for the future of the European Union.

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Brexit: Parliamentary debates on Northern Ireland

24 Feb 2017

This blog rounds up key contributions to two recent parliamentary debates – in Westminster and Dáil Éireann – that dealt with significant issues related to the position of Northern Ireland in the context of Brexit.

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