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11 04, 2017

Guile rather than aggression is the UK’s likely posture

By | April 11th, 2017|As We See It|

by Miles Saltiel NOW THAT Article 50 notice has been served, the two sides are shaping up. What do we learn? First, we heard of Merkel’s relief that May used language signalling that the UK will stand by a telephone promise not to promote splits. Nonetheless a day later, Tusk was steadfast as to the [...]

3 04, 2017

Turning the table on Michel Barnier should be the UK’s approach

By | April 3rd, 2017|As We See It|

by Miles Saltiel AT 8.04AM ON 29 MARCH, Sir Tim Barrow’s Eurostar left St Pancras to arrive in Brussels at 11.05am local time. Later that day he delivered Theresa May’s letter, serving notice under Article 50 of the United Kingdom’s intention to leave the European Union. Everyone agrees that now following that act Brexit now gets serious. [...]

23 03, 2017

Where is Brexit in Northern Ireland? It’s time to get down to work

By | March 23rd, 2017|As We See It|

by David Hoey FOLLOWING THE DECISION of the UK last June to leave the EU, the Government of the United Kingdom has undertaken a great deal of work to prepare the country for triggering Article 50 on 29 March 2017. Not so much our devolved administration in Belfast. Before the vote last year, Northern Ireland [...]

13 03, 2017

A second independence referendum is not justified: Brexit was a known risk for Scotland staying in the UK

By | March 13th, 2017|As We See It|

by Brian Monteith THERE CAN only be one reason the SNP can justify demanding a second independence referendum and that is to demonstrate that there has been a material change in the circumstances of Scotland’s relationship with the rest of the United Kingdom. Before we consider if there has been a material change or not, [...]

28 02, 2017

The staggering cost of EU migration and how it threatens our pensions

By | February 28th, 2017|As We See It|

by Bob Lyddon EU ECONOMIC MIGRATION represents a £30 billion per annum cost to the UK. Since there are estimated to be 2 million EU migrant workers in the UK and 1 million non-working dependents, and average UK public spending per head is £10,500, so the consumption of UK public services by the 3 million citizens [...]

28 02, 2017

Is it time to consider an EU escape plan for Ireland?

By | February 28th, 2017|As We See It|

by Cormac Lucey IN THE WAKE of the Good Friday/Belfast agreement, routine border checks between Newry and Dundalk disappeared. That disappearance rested on two foundation stones: peace in Northern Ireland, and the fact that the north and the Republic were both members of the EU single market and customs union. That second foundation stone is [...]

21 02, 2017

Beached whales? Lord Forsyth slays the naysayers

By | February 21st, 2017|As We See It|

report by Brian Monteith IN HIS SPEECH to the House of Lords during the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill, former Secretary of State for Scotland Michael Forsyth, now Lord Forsyth of Drumlean, gave voice to what many of us have been thinking or saying these last few weeks. Global Britain is pleased to be able to [...]

3 02, 2017

Brexit White paper provides encouraging clarity

By | February 3rd, 2017|As We See It|

by Ian Milne THIS SEVENTY-SEVEN PAGE document (link below) is detailed, solid and “meaty”.  It gives clarity.  It relegates to the “dustbin of history” the attempts by the Supreme Court litigants and by Remainers in Parliament, the BBC and elsewhere to negate the verdict of the 23rd June referendum. The White Paper states unequivocally that the UK [...]

2 02, 2017

On our long march small steps are better than no steps

By | February 2nd, 2017|As We See It|

by Brian Monteith THE HOUSE OF COMMONS has voted by a large majority of 498 to 114 votes to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty and thus start the official process of making Brexit a reality. It is a small step but an important one; there will now be the Committee Stage where opponents will try [...]

20 01, 2017

Theresa May shows her steel by playing ‘the game’

By | January 20th, 2017|As We See It|

by Mike Nevin THE PRIME MINISTER'S Brexit speech on January 17th marked the opening move in the negotiation process that will lead to the UK’s departure from European Union. The UK’s best strategy through these negotiations will depend upon how the other side responds. Clues are offered, however, by Game Theory, defined as “the study of [...]

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