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Brexit and the British Constitution: Part V. Modernisation or Vandalism?

This is the last in the series of articles on Brexit and the Constitution. It is based on four books which have dealt with the subject over the last twenty years: Vernon Bogdanor, Professor of Government at King’s College, London, … Continue reading

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Brexit and the British Constitution: Part IV. The pre-1945 Roots of British Supranationalism.

The photo on the front is of David Lloyd George, Prime Minister of Great Britain from 1916 to 1922. His Liberal-Conservative government fell part in late 1922, and the Liberal Party remained out of power for nearly a century. Now … Continue reading

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May’s trajectory: Part II. from Prime Minister to the EU’s Governor in the province of Britain.

Party first, country second. As a Tory tribalist, May’s   priority was to prevent a party split, while locating herself on the party spectrum as a soft Remainer with her prime sympathies going to the majority Remainer MPs. This was evident … Continue reading

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The UK’s Golden Opportunity: The Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square

The May-Barnier deal is in deep trouble. After two years of negotiations, and signed up by 27 member states, it has been  vetoed twice by the largest and fourth largest defeat in parliamentary history. Prime Minister May has returned to … Continue reading

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Germany on top, Europe in trouble. Discuss. Part 2. European Disintegration?

Douglas Webber’s is a very different book, but it is also very complimentary to Bulmer’s and Paterson’s Germany and the European Union. Both hold a question mark in the title, and both place Germany centre stage, but Webber’s subject is … Continue reading

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Germany on top, Europe in trouble? Discuss. Part I.

A casual answer to the essay question in the title of this book review may suggest that the two statements are causal, and that the prime cause is that Germany is top dog. Both books under review do not rush … Continue reading

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British ideas of Europe: PART 4. The UK’s view of a sustainable regime for Europe.

From the perspective of 2016, British voters in the referendum could be forgiven for thinking that the EU was not very sustainable. The Euro crisis was in its sixth year; Chancellor Merkel’s decision to welcome mass immigration into Germany undermined … Continue reading

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British ideas of Europe. PART 2. The UK as a champion of the Europe of states

Popular UK  views on Europe locate in the upper left quadrant, sketched in the introduction in Part 1 of this series on British ideas on Europe. The “Remainers”, and their predecessors never managed to win over the British electorate to … Continue reading

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British ideas of Europe. PART I. More supranational than the Pope.

British ideas about Europe may be seen as stretching out along two axes: one from west to east represents the spectrum of views ranging from a diverse Europe of states and peoples,  to a supranational Europe, a United States of … Continue reading

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The May-Barnier Withdrawal Agreement: not the end of this story

What follows is a précis of the May government’s proposed draft deal. It is based on published documents. HMG: Explainer for the agreement on the withdrawal ofthe United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union 14 … Continue reading

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