MPs vote in favour of Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal

The members of the UK parliament voted today in favour of Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal, paving the way for UK’s scheduled divorce from the European Union on 31 January 2020. With 358 votes in favour to 234 against, MPs agreed to give the Withdrawal Agreement Bill (WAB) a second reading, to be further debated and…

#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,…

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…

The Brexit War Is Over

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage has said that the Brexit war is over and the UK is “much closer” to leaving the EU after the Conservatives won the General Election. Speaking in the early hours of Friday morning to Sky News Australia as exit polls predicted a massive majority for the Conservative Party, Mr Farage…

An ‘Expert’ Perspective on Brexit… Means Brexit

I have a confession to make: in the more than two years that we are now running this blog, Russell and I have actually never met in person! Russell has links with the Netherlands; and, even worse, I was in London twice during the last 5 months alone. But the closest that we came to…

Brexit Never Rains, But It Pours

Theresa May’s Brexit deal has been defeated in the House of Commons again. This time, by only 58 votes. Compared to the crushing defeats of 230 votes on January 15th, and 149 votes on March 12th, a mere 58 is not too bad. Perhaps even an improvement. But a defeat is a defeat, and defeats…

UK election Scottish independence

A view from St Rule’s Tower overlooks the town of St Andrews, Scotland. St Andrews, Scotland —It’s a bitterly cold November day in the Scottish town of St Andrews, the kind of morning when the grass crackles underfoot like broken glass. Undeterred, tourists swaddled in puffer jackets and armed with selfie sticks ascend the cathedral…