As 2019 continues the old Brexit terms, such as four freedoms, customs union, free movement, Withdrawal Agreement and backstop, are increasingly being sidelined as the media grapples with two conciliatory methods proposed by Conservative members of parliament: the “Malthouse Compromise” and “Brady Amendment”. Let’s take a look and unpick these.
A week is a long time in politics. This time last week No 10 were briefing the press on the aggressive tactics planned to be deployed (if needed) by UK Prime Minister Theresa May to restore collective responsibility and rally her cabinet behind her Brexit vision.
The EU is quietly but surely progressing with its Brexit preparations.
Brexit will have many impacts. But perhaps one of the most significant ones concerns the only physical frontier between the UK and the EU – the 499 km border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
This week is turning out to be a beast of a week for Brexit.
In October this year Prime Minster Theresa May appeared confident about developing a deep and special partnership with the EU – stating plainly “the ball’s in your court”.
Juncker, May, Macron, Merkel, May again. They have all said a lot about Europe in recent days. Juncker delivered his State of the EU speech, May held her big Brexit speech in Florence.
So 13 months after the Referendum and four months after the triggering of Article 50, we have just under 20 months left until Exit Day.
Looking back, 2016 was extraordinary year of political surprises. Many were hit by a double whammy: first in June, when the UK narrowly voted to leave the EU; then again in November, when Trump won the presidential election in the US, pulling off a second political shock of the year.
Pro-EU Emmanuel Macron has won the election for the French Presidency with a landslide victory, obtaining two thirds of the votes in the second round.
In the April edition: one week after the triggering of Article 50 we look at the task ahead, identifying the red lines and priorities of both sides before they sit down at the negotiating table.