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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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The Valletta summit: Summary and key points

06 Feb 2017

Tony Brown provides a brief summary of the background, objectives and outcomes of the 3 February Summit of the EU27 in Valletta.

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Brexit: Jeremy Corbyn and the Immigration Issue

19 Jan 2017


On 10 January, Labour Party Leader, Jeremy Corbyn, travelled to Peterborough – which voted 61%-39% for Leave – to spell out his party’s position on Brexit and, in particular, on the crucial issue of immigration.

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Brexit, the Good Friday Agreement and the European Convention on Human Rights

09 Jan 2017


The centrality of the ECHR to the Good Friday Agreement requires future interactions between Dublin and Westminster to consider the UK Government’s intention to change the UK’s legal relationship with the Convention.

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Bratislava to Rome

14 Dec 2016

The leaders of the European Union 27 (EU27) - minus the UK - met in Bratislava on 16 September. The summit addressed the root causes of the political problems of the European Union, recognising the insecurity felt by many Europeans and their fears about migration, terrorism and the economic and social future. Donald Tusk declared after the talks that there was agreement that the European Union “is the best instrument we have” to tackle certain problems, despite its imperfections. 

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Brexit - Nobel Thoughts

07 Dec 2016

Nationalism is increasingly on the rise, not only in Europe but also across the Atlantic, where Donald Trump’s ‘America First’ rhetoric produced electoral victory. Tony Brown argues that it is important to reflect on the recrudescence of ideas that many thought were relegated to histories of World War II.

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