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In mourning for Brexit

Brexiteers will be celebrating the UK’s departure from the EU this evening with considerable fanfare. There will be a light show in Downing Street, featuring a clock face counting down the minutes until 11pm –midnight Brussels time– when the country leaves with a withdrawal deal. Union Jack flags will [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega From Brexit to Great Singapore in Europe

In the wake of Boris Johnson’s resounding victory in the British election, Brexit looks set to happen on the date envisaged, 31 January, and on the terms agreed. But Brexit (the UK’s formal departure from the EU), despite all the energy spent on it, has only just begun. The [...]

The UK and Brexit: a failed or a failing state?

When a widely respected and experienced politician such as Chris Patten, a former Conservative British minister and European Commissioner for External Affairs, suggests that the UK is becoming a failed state it cannot be readily dismissed as an aberration. We normally associate failed states with countries such as Somalia [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega European elections and Brexit: pause, forwards or stop

Brexit lends itself not to crystal-ball gazing but, at most, to conjecture. And so it goes on. But the new timetable imposed by the 27 on Theresa May could trigger unexpected internal dynamics in the UK, particularly with the prospect of elections to the European Parliament. For now, and [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Politics is incapable of solving Brexit

Brexit was an essentially political issue, but British politics is incapable of resolving it. Not just the withdrawal agreement, which has an uncertain fate, but what will come next. And it is incapable because the two largest parties, Conservatives and Labour, are deeply divided one from the other and [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Brexit’s bad bargain: losing sovereignty

Perhaps the draft Brexit agreement reached by the UK and EU negotiators is the best possible under the circumstances, as both Theresa May and Michel Barnier have claimed. More accurately it could be said to be the least bad because –as pointed out by Donald Tusk, President of the [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Scotland and London: a constitutional crisis over Brexit?

Last week the Scottish parliament in Holyrood rejected the Brexit or European Union Withdrawal Bill, drawn up by the Theresa May’s Conservative government. And it did so with the support of the ruling SNP, the Labour Party, the Liberal Democrats and the Scottish Greens, in other words, everyone bar [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Brexit: irreversible – or not?

In recent weeks a campaign has started to gather pace in the UK to stop Brexit –in favour of Remain, the losing side in the June 2016 referendum– before it comes into effect on 29 March 2019, less than a year from now. Reversing the decision, however, once Article [...]

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