• A brief Brex-pite

    Last week was the first of parliament’s six-week recess (as a former parliamentary staffer I know that you’re not supposed to call it a holiday!) and a chance for MPs (and the general populus) to finally pause and take a breath. It’s fair to say that...

    • 2 Aug 2017
  • Article 50 notice duly served — but what now?

    There we have it — 278 days since the UK voted to leave the EU — Prime Minister Theresa May has sent her letter to Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, formally notifying him and his colleagues that the UK intends to leave the bloc. The journey...

    • 29 Mar 2017
  • A tale of two referendums: 41 years apart

    A mere two years after having been taken into the European Economic Community (EEC) by Ted Heath’s Government, there were already people clamouring to leave. As outlined in my last blog, the British people were not consulted on whether or not they...

    • 6 Jun 2016
  • 1973: Britain finally enters the EEC

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    One of the founding fathers of the European Steel and Coal Community (see my last blog for more), the French political economist and diplomat, Jean Monnet, reflected: “I never understood why the British did not join. I came...

    • 9 May 2016
  • What is the EU and where did it all begin?

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    The European Union – known to most of us just as the EU – is an economic and political partnership that consists of 28 individual member states. The EU as we currently know it came into being with the Maastricht Treaty, signed...

    • 15 Apr 2016