The EU started trade talks with the country back in 2007 and suspended them in 2013. Will post-Brexit Britain find it easier?
For the UK, it would say: “we are leaving and want to make our own rules.” For the EU, it would say: “don’t think leaving the EU is easy”.
The recent debate on free school meals has shown, among many things, the impact of local civil society non-state organisations.
Even amongst those keen to use it as a lesson, there is not yet any willingness to take the blame for a no-deal departure.
In time, the ECR Group will increasingly be recognised as an important part of Cameron’s political legacy.
Meanwhile, my ECR colleagues and I continue to push for a sensible, nation-led approach to tackling the migration crisis.
I am excited by Britain’s post-Brexit prospects but will not stop caring about the EU when I close my Brussels office door for the last time in March.
Once a seat reaches 30 per cent BME population, it goes Labour. In 2010, this applied to 75 seats. By 2022, it could apply to around 120 seats.
Rather than “one size fits all” directives from City Hall we must allow local communities to have the chance to innovate.
If only Brussels could conduct itself more like the management of Rotterdam, who are ignoring talk of ‘Armageddon’ and getting on with planning for the future.
As well as sending a very strong signal to Moscow, the Government is making good progress towards a Brexit deal too.
Far from all young people are dyed-in-the-wool Corbynites. To improve the Conservative vote we need to find the right ways to communicate.
Behind the scenes many of Europe’s nations and regions are weighing the cost of a hard Brexit and pushing for a better deal.
Constituency parties can be so much more than cogs in the national machine – let’s empower them to play their part tackling local problems and poverty.