Brexit Endgame: The 2019 UK Election

After nearly four years of wailing and gnashing of teeth, Britain has made up its mind. We’re leaving the EU. At 22.00 on Wednesday 12th December 2019, the BBC/Sky/ITV exit poll opened the final chapter in Britain’s Brexit saga. A crushing majority for Boris Johnson’s Conservative and Unionist Party has redrawn the political map. Constituencies […]

#Brexit – ‘We are ready to start the next phase, to defend and promote Europe’s interests’ #EUCO

  The decisive victory by the British Conservatives in yesterday’s general election was widely and enthusiastically welcomed by European leaders attending today’s (13 December) European Council. Luxembourg’s Prime Minister Xavier Bettel said that they welcomed the certainty that the election provided and said that it had been difficult when things had been agreed in Brussels, […]

#Johnson says election could not be tighter

Britain’s electoral contest could not be tighter, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday (11 December), a day before the vote, writes Estelle Shirbon. “This could not be more critical, it could not be tighter. I’m just saying to everybody the risk is very real that we could tomorrow be going into another hung parliament, […]

Tories hold 10-point lead over Labour three days before election

Tories hold 10-point lead over Labour three days before election The Conservatives have held onto their significant 10-point lead over Labour with just three days to go until Britain heads to the polls. As the campaign enters its final few days Boris Johnson is attempting to sway voters in Labour strongholds while Jeremy Corbyn targets […]

Northern Ireland customs protocol could thwart Brexit plans | UK news

Northern Ireland customs arrangements may thwart Boris Johnson’s plan to leave the EU by December 2020, according to a document said to be leaked from civil servants in the Department for Exiting the EU. In the document, seen by the Financial Times, staff raised concerns about the readiness of the new customs arrangement, calling the […]

‘The risk of #Brexit happening without a ratified deal still exists’ Phil Hogan 

European Commissioner for Trade, Phil Hogan Speaking at his first event in Ireland as the European Commissioner for Trade (6 December), Phil Hogan addressed what he described as the ‘seemingly endless’ question of Brexit, as well as other pressing trade issues.   Hogan is hoping that next week’s UK general election will provide clarity and […]

General election: Former Tory PM John Major urges people to vote tactically to deny Johnson majority – live news | Politics

Opinion pollsters I’ve spoken to this morning are united in saying this row is a less serious problem for Mr Johnson than his opponents think. They offer three broad reasons. First, people will view this row through the prism of their pre-existing support. Voters who dislike Mr Johnson think he is being cowardly. People who […]

To the Brink of Democracy and an Unholy Alliance with the US

With the installation of Boris Johnson as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, the second of the (self-declared) oldest democracies of the world, has, alongside political developments in the United States, reached a tipping point. The political system(s), and most importantly the traditional principle of the division of powers, of both will have to demonstrate […]

The Conservative Party Leadership Race

The 2018 dystopian videogame We Happy Few takes place in an alternate version of Britain in 1964. A sparsely-detailed plot suggests that twenty years after the Nazi conquest of Britain, the Soviet counter-conquest of Europe, and the collapse of the Empire, 1960s Britain has become a desolate, hopeless land. Consequently the game’s setting, the fictional […]

What Happens to Brexit Now?

In May 1832, a political and ideological struggle between Reformers and Reactionaries brought Britain the closest it has been to revolution. In the “Days of May” of 1832, Britain abandoned its stagnant, century-old politics that had barely changed since the Acts of Union in 1707, and entered a new phase in which politics became formalised. […]