Stephen Hawking

“I warned before the Brexit vote that it would damage scientific research in Britain, that a vote to leave would be a step backward, and the electorate, or at least a sufficiently significant proportion of it, took no more notice…

UK will continue to face a united EU27 in talks

UK will continue to face a united EU27 in talks

In the months after the referendum, there were constant stories in the British media about the EU falling apart as member countries took opposing sides on various aspects of Brexit. Even now,  the Daily Express runs at least one headline…

Guardian: No progress on talks without border ‘backstop’

The EU27 will not agree to move on to negotiate a transition or a trade deal unless the UK signs up to an Irish border solution on the lines of the ‘backstop’ option agreed in December, the Guardian reports. UK…

Will it end with a Big Bang on the border?

The Russian plot has rescued Theresa May from the daily Brexit grind for a little while, but the reality checks are piling up on her desk. From where we are standing, absolutely nothing has changed since Theresa May  signed up…

Print and stick on your fridge

Print and stick on your fridge

Last week Queen’s University’s Katy Hayward  distilled in four slides what border controls would mean for different types of border with the EU after Brexit.  She invited comment and has now updated them.  We recommend you  print them off  and stick…

Border will be soft on the  outside, crunchy on the inside

Border will be soft on the outside, crunchy on the inside

We all enjoy taking the mickey out of Boris Johnson, but it’s not really his fault – he is the expensively educated product of an insular culture which knows absolutely nothing about borders or how they work. Immediately after the…

The Border Deal - So where are we now?

The Border Deal – So where are we now?

On 8th December the UK and EU reached enough agreement in the Joint Report to allow EU heads of state to sign off on the first phase of withdrawal negotiations. On the Irish border it was based on three options…

Lines are now drawn.

Here is the full text of the European Parliament withdrawal agreement and already it is clear that it will produce a defining point in these negotiations opening as it does the prospect of Northern Ireland remaining within the customs union and single…

Brexit's promise of a packet of crisps

Brexit’s promise of a packet of crisps

Things are moving towards some sort of crunch as various Brexiteer positions implode under the weight of their own contradictions or fall apart under painful contact with the brick wall of reality. Last week’s Chequers meeting seems like a very…

Jeremy Corbyn rides to the rescue

Jeremy Corbyn rides to the rescue

Met Eireann has a severe weather warning out for Wednesday 28th February. It may in any event be a day we will remember for a long time, perhaps even the day the light was turned on at the end of…