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IIEA10th September 20191min

This brief provides an overview of France’s influence on the selection of the heads of the EU institutions and future thematic focus, in respect of developments within the EU since the European elections took place on 23-26 May 2019. It also assesses recent developments in Franco-Irish relations during this period. Further afield, the brief reviews President Macron’s broader strategy on foreign policy at the G7 Summit and annual Conference of Ambassadors.

IIEA2nd September 20197min

In a controversial move on Wednesday, 28 August 2019, Boris Johnson asked the Queen to suspend Parliament. This restricts the time which opposition MPs had hoped to use to legislate against a no-deal Brexit and sparked a number of reactions in the UK. This blog examines the process of proroguing Parliament and outlines the options for MPs ahead of 31 October Brexit deadline.