There will soon not be enough time for a further referendum before 29 March 2019

Here is some downbeat information for those who want a further referendum on Brexit before 29 March 2019, the day on which the United Kingdom leaves the European Union by automatic operation of law (unless something exceptional and not currently in view happens). There will soon not be enough time to get legislation in place. … Read more

Brexit Diary: What does Donald Tusk mean by “realism”?

Today Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council, came to London. After the meeting, Tusk’s remarks were: I feel cautiously optimistic about the constructive and more realistic tone of the Prime Minister’s speech in Florence and of our discussion today. This shows that the philosophy of “having a cake and eating it” is finally coming to … Read more

Brexit Diary: Michel Barnier’s significant comments today on a possible transition period

Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator for Brexit has today made some significant comments on the transtion period asked for (begged for) by Theresa May in her Florence speech. You can watch him make the comments (with English translation) here. The comments were as follows (emphasis added): “Ladies and gentlemen, “First of all, a word of thanks to … Read more

Brexit: How to follow the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill – a practical guide and introduction

Last night the House of Commons voted on the “second reading” on the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill.  This is a general vote on the principle of the legislation. MPs voted in favour of the Bill, and it now will be considered in committee where the clauses will be examined and amendments considered. You can follow … Read more

Criticising UK’s Brexit difficulties is like following a crap football team

Once upon a time Aston Villa were the winners of the European Cup. A year later Villa defeated Barcelona for the European “super cup”. Those were the days. Villa are now in the bottom half of the “championship” (the old second division), after a decline over many years. Most Villa fans will have their view … Read more

Brexit and daft embargoes

To appreciate the sheer ridiculousness of yesterday’s “strict” press embargo of the Department for Exiting the European Union (DExEU) you need to know a little about the background to the current Brexit negotiations. Transparency of the negotiations The exit negotiations are between the UK and the European Commission, which is representing the EU. On 19th June … Read more