When It’s Over

It is possible that the economic and social chaos inflicted by the corona virus pandemic will overwhelm us and that questions about the ‘big issues of yesterday’ will then appear wholly irrelevant or painfully trivial. But all that aside, we face three Brexit scenarios.   The first is a fully-fledged UK/EU trade deal, agreed and … Continue reading When It’s Over

Fire and Fury and Signifying… Surrender?

Many have complained and contrasted Boris Johnson’s blustering speech yesterday with the EU Negotiating Guidelines published on the same day. The PM’s utterance was long on the usual rhetoric about  sovereignty, delivering what ‘the people’ voted for and a buccaneering Britain and characteristically short of any detail: the EU Guidelines are 33 pages long on … Continue reading Fire and Fury and Signifying… Surrender?

The Harder the Deadline the Softer the Brexit?

Everyone, other than the UK government, insists that negotiating and implementing a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the UK and the EU by January 2021 is improbable, many would argue impossible. Yet the Withdrawal Bill that the government has brought before Parliament prohibits the UK seeking an extension to the  ‘standstill’ Transitional Arrangements beyond that … Continue reading The Harder the Deadline the Softer the Brexit?

Vote Tory! Vote Surrender?

Concluding ‘trade agreements’ usually involve improving the terms of trade between countries by amicable negotiations in which both parties seek to open up trade under mutually beneficial arrangements. Restricting rights to trade is usually the hostile business of unilaterally imposing trade restrictions, called ‘sanctions’, that harm the other party. Unilaterally abolishing mutually agreed trade relations … Continue reading Vote Tory! Vote Surrender?