Category Archives: UK

The next phase of Brexit is out of Britain’s hands

(First published by the Parliament Magazine on 24 june 2016) In retrospect it is remarkable that the rest of the EU put up with British exceptionalism for so long. Ever since Margaret Thatcher demanded “her money back” in 1980 the EU has gone to extraordinary lengths to accommodate the UK’s repeated demands to be treated […]
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Britain and the Netherlands have many shared interests. The EU must be one of them

Twelve years ago, when I was still a young member of the European parliament, and an enthusiastic supporter of New Labour and the third way, I was invited by Roger Liddle to speak at a dinner debate in London chaired by the then British prime minister, Tony Blair. Two hundred centre-left politicians and advisers from […]
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A future for the UK in Europe

(This is a slightly edited version of my opening statement in oral evidence I gave on 10 July 2012 to the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee inquiry on the future of the UK government’s EU policy) It is one of the great ironies of European history that the Member State which has been consistently […]
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How Cameron’s kamikaze act could have been prevented

Did David Cameron deliberately manoeuvre the UK into splendid isolation last night, or was it an accident that could have been prevented? The latter, if the following account from someone who followed the proceeding closely is to be believed: “I gather that the UK presented a whole draft protocol to the Council legal service the day before the […]
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Victory for Europe, disaster for Britain

By Professor Simon Hix At the EU summit in Brussels yesterday Britain lived up to its century old stereotype of “perfidious albion”; which Wikipedia describes as “a pejorative phrase used within the context of international relations and diplomacy to refer to acts of duplicity, treachery and hence infidelity (with respect to promises made to or […]
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