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Would you really want to be a farmer in 2017?

8 August 2017 8:00

What does being ‘a farmer’ mean to you? For those that have experienced it, the job – or lifestyle, really…

Why fudging Ireland’s Brexit border issue can only mean Troubles ahead

6 August 2017 8:30

The question of what kind of border after Brexit will exist between Northern Ireland and the Republic will, I predict,…

What does the charity sector want from Brexit? A clean break and tax freedom

1 August 2017 15:34

When it comes to Brexit, for many organisations it seems to be all doom and gloom. Yes, plenty of individual…

Michael Gove, ‘Green Brexit’, and what it all means for Britain’s farmers

21 July 2017 17:59

Michael Gove’s speech this morning on his plan for a ‘Green Brexit’ is one of the first signs of what…

Brexit: A view from Germany

15 July 2017 9:00

 Frankfurt ‘This is not about punishing Great Britain,’ declared Sigmar Gabriel, Germany’s interim foreign secretary, on his recent visit to…

The government is destined for trouble with its repeal bill

13 July 2017 17:26

You’d think a government wouldn’t launch its flagship bill that takes Britain out of European Union legislation without first being…

A recession is coming – but that doesn’t mean Brexit is to blame

13 July 2017 15:40

The Office of Budgetary Responsibility (OBR) makes a point in its Fiscal Risk Report today that ought to be obvious and…

Boris Johnson tells the EU to ‘go whistle’ on Brexit divorce bill

11 July 2017 13:47

The Brexit divorce bill isn’t on the table yet but it’s already provoking plenty of debate – and quite a bit…

Is the EU-Japan ‘trade deal’ real – or just a stunt?

6 July 2017 19:17

There is much celebration in Brussels today about what’s being described as a EU-Japan trade deal, but for political rather than…

The migrant crisis could prove to be Macron’s undoing

5 July 2017 8:56

What a forty eight hours it has been for Emmanuel Macron. On Monday, he gave his regal address to the…

Brexit is a retreat – not a liberation

4 July 2017 13:53

It is a mark of Britain’s estrangement from the European Union – and, at least for now, the country’s diminished…

The public vs the politicians

2 July 2017 9:00

These are difficult times across Europe. From the endless iterations of the eurozone crisis to the Brexit negotiations beginning in…

There’s a more dangerous Brexit ‘cliff-edge’ which is being ignored

1 July 2017 8:30

People like Philip Hammond say that we must at all costs avoid a ‘cliff-edge’ in the Brexit negotiations. But the…

Labour’s nonsensical Brexit position is perfect opposition politics

26 June 2017 16:12

After Theresa May received a hostile response in Brussels, perhaps she was hoping for a more amiable reception today in…

It’s time to prepare voters for some tough Brexit compromises

19 June 2017 12:13

Brexit is like life. The journey matters more than the final destination. Instead of fixating on where we will, eventually,…

Pew poll shows most Europeans want to take back control from Brussels

17 June 2017 16:03

Many in Brussels are anxiously looking out for any sign of what has been termed ‘Brexit contagion’ – the idea…

Now it’s cheaper to use your mobile phone abroad

15 June 2017 10:39

Praise be, there’s some good news on the financial front this morning. Roaming charges for the use of mobile phones…

Philip Hammond’s Brexit plan is the worst of all worlds

14 June 2017 12:42

Had last week’s expected landslide actually occurred Philip Hammond would by now be working on his memoirs. Instead, he is…

Populism is making a comeback in Europe, and Austria is leading the way

20 May 2017 11:53

Last year’s Austrian presidential election looked like a turning point for the European Union. Alexander Van der Bellen, a soft…

Are Remainers brighter than Brexiteers?

14 May 2017 8:00

Are Leavers thicker than Remainers? The short answer is: yes. At least, on average. That’s according to a paper analysing…

The EU’s leaders are flummoxed by democracy

6 May 2017 9:00

Guy Verhofstadt, the European Parliament’s main Brexit negotiator, tweeted on Monday: ‘Any #Brexit deal requires a strong & stable understanding…

What the papers say: Theresa May hits back against Brussels

4 May 2017 8:46

Theresa May’s missive to Brussels delivered on the steps of Downing Street had a simple message: keep out of our…

Theresa May pulls no punches in her attack on the European Commission

3 May 2017 16:25

Theresa May has kicked off the Tory general election campaign with a remarkably punchy statement in Downing Street. She accused…

The EU has gifted the Republican cause a blueprint for a united Ireland

3 May 2017 12:39

Theresa May’s awkward dinner date with Jean-Claude Juncker stole the headlines, but there was another Brexit development that passed with much-less…

Who does Jean-Claude Juncker think he is?

2 May 2017 14:47

Jean-Claude Juncker: what a nasty piece of work. There aren’t many politicians I’d say that about. Even most of those…