A solution that addresses unionist concerns and wins back cross-community consensus for any new governance framework is the only way to achieve the aims of the Protocol that the EU and UK signed up for in the first place
We don’t have time to waste. During 2025 and 2026 the TCA, the UK/EU fisheries agreement, the EU’s decision on UK data adequacy and its current policy on derivatives trading all come up for review.
The most likely way through this impasse is a new agreement, sitting on top of the existing Protocol and introducing a new set of principles on how it operates. Such an agreement must preserve Northern Ireland’s constitutional status.
The Government could dangle before the EU another gain it wants in order to win a revised Protocol.
London has set a pattern for big talk and no action, but that this seems a hostile leak may be grounds to take it seriously.
“Rarely can such a crucial issue have been given such cursory and one-sided analysis in our media” – the final piece in a week-long series.
And how the editor of ConHome popularised the term “Spartans” for the diehard Tory opponents of May’s Withdrawal Agreement.
There is evidence, however, that suggests that the move to abandoning all recent Tory traditions is not quite so straightforward.
The Government should implement a binding innovation principle to unleash the UK economy.
Our interviewee on the “disgraceful” treatment of Symonds and Johnson’s longstanding Euroscepticism.
Will we get back our sovereignty next year? Will the agreement be good in trade terms? I fear ministers may end up settling for thin gruel.
These proposed Lords amendments defend the rights and social protections of British nationals and armour-plate the Withdrawal Agreement.
How plausible is it that the UK would zealously enforce EU rules in a scenario in which trade agreement talks have broken down acrimoniously?
The Tories’ plan will be blocked by the Lords, anyway, as it contradicts the party’s promise to implement the agreement made in November 2019.
Europe is back, but Covid-19 hasn’t gone anywhere: the Prime Minister is fighting on two fronts.