The rules of state

As I write this piece, negotiations between the UK and EU on the former’s proposed departure are two days into a 720 day cycle. So far, even in this short time span, we have seen the Engineering Employers Federation (EEF) and the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) strongly argue for Single Market Access, […]

The Brexit General Election manifestos: Is this it?

The manifestos of the Conservatives, Labour and UKIP set out radically different visions for Brexit Britain. But – a year on from the referendum – almost nothing in them of any significance is contingent on Brexit. Whether it is re-nationalisation or new arrangements for social care, pensions, tax rises or cuts, industrial strategy, “global Britain”, education or equalities  – all these […]

EU Successes: The Single Market

May wants to sacrifice future British prosperity for a vague commitment to slash EU immigrant numbers I was tempted to say that Theresa May has got her knickers in a twist, but that is not very polite when talking of a Prime Minister. A more acceptable expression – and perhaps a more accurate one – […]

How EU agencies affect our lives – for the better!

The EU referendum “leave” campaign spread the idea that our lives were increasingly falling under the dark influence of unaccountable and overpaid “bureaucrats in Brussels”. This conjured up a picture of hordes of faceless, most likely foreign, people in cavernous offices, beavering away to generate more and more ridiculous regulations through which to control the […]

Brexit: Final payment to the EU

Keep calm: it’s a negotiation. They say €60bn or maybe €100bn. We say they owe us. In the end there will be a package with a figure we can all live with. Not everyone: UKIP made no-payment one of their six criteria for a successful Brexit. For the ideologues who positively desire a hard Brexit […]