‘The risk of #Brexit happening without a ratified deal still exists’ Phil Hogan 

European Commissioner for Trade, Phil Hogan Speaking at his first event in Ireland as the European Commissioner for Trade (6 December), Phil Hogan addressed what he described as the ‘seemingly endless’ question of Brexit, as well as other pressing trade issues.   Hogan is hoping that next week’s UK general election will provide clarity and […]

An ‘Expert’ Perspective on Brexit… Means Brexit

I have a confession to make: in the more than two years that we are now running this blog, Russell and I have actually never met in person! Russell has links with the Netherlands; and, even worse, I was in London twice during the last 5 months alone. But the closest that we came to […]

Brexit Never Rains, But It Pours

Theresa May’s Brexit deal has been defeated in the House of Commons again. This time, by only 58 votes. Compared to the crushing defeats of 230 votes on January 15th, and 149 votes on March 12th, a mere 58 is not too bad. Perhaps even an improvement. But a defeat is a defeat, and defeats […]

What Happens to Brexit Now?

In May 1832, a political and ideological struggle between Reformers and Reactionaries brought Britain the closest it has been to revolution. In the “Days of May” of 1832, Britain abandoned its stagnant, century-old politics that had barely changed since the Acts of Union in 1707, and entered a new phase in which politics became formalised. […]

How The #Brexit Fallout Could Impact On The British #Gambling Industry

The UK was officially set to leave the European Union on Thursday 31st October 2019. However, at the time of writing, the country is in the midst of a General Election with the earliest date of exit now earmarked for Friday 31st January 2020. This monumental once in a lifetime political event is set to […]

General election 2019: Boris Johnson launches Tory manifesto with 50,000 nurses pledge – live news

Johnson says Tories will introduce 20,000 more police officers alongside tougher sentencing. Keep up with all the latest news Full story: Johnson launches manifesto with nurses pledge Labour’s manifesto: for and against its radical vision Sign up for Andrew Sparrow’s election briefing 2.51pm GMT The Guardian’s Hilary Osborne has this reaction to Conservative plans on […]

The Conservative Party Leadership Race

The 2018 dystopian videogame We Happy Few takes place in an alternate version of Britain in 1964. A sparsely-detailed plot suggests that twenty years after the Nazi conquest of Britain, the Soviet counter-conquest of Europe, and the collapse of the Empire, 1960s Britain has become a desolate, hopeless land. Consequently the game’s setting, the fictional […]

To the Brink of Democracy and an Unholy Alliance with the US

With the installation of Boris Johnson as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, the second of the (self-declared) oldest democracies of the world, has, alongside political developments in the United States, reached a tipping point. The political system(s), and most importantly the traditional principle of the division of powers, of both will have to demonstrate […]

Donald Trump tariff threat hangs over global stock markets – business live | Business

9.19am GMT09:19 An hour into trading, and blue-chip shares in London are down by 0.9%, accelerating losses from initial exchanges. The mid-cap FTSE 250 has lost 0.6%. Kingfisher is the biggest faller, down by 6.9%, while accounting tech company Sage Group and insurer Aviva have lost 3.6% and 3.3% respectively. On the latter two, from […]