The EFTA/EEA Option

September 25, 2018

It was a great pleasure to discuss the EFTA/EEA option with Conservative Group for Europe members on Sept 5th. We had a lively and interesting debate on what is still a very misunderstood, but valuable, Brexit option.

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Fixing the Exit Date: A Terrible Gamble

October 06, 2017

"The proposal to amend the European Union Withdrawal Bill to specify the date and time on which the United Kingdom will leave the European Union – 11.00PM on 29th March 2019 – is a terrible gamble.

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Keeping the Bridges Open – Alternatives for Transition

September 04, 2017

Keeping the bridges open provides answers to three questions:

  • What problems require transitional arrangements?

  • How can a Transitional Agreement be structured to give certainty?

  • How are the EU institutions (both Council and Parliament) and the individual nation states whose consent will be required to be persuaded to agree to transitional arrangements that they may regard as simply protecting the UK from the consequences of its own stupidity?

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UK Government should change course in Brexit negotiations to build a new, constructive relationship with the EU

March 13, 2017

A new policy paper released today by the Conservative Group for Europe (CGE), the main campaign group for Conservative pro-Europeans, argues that the risks are high that the outcome of the exit negotiations will cause significant damage to the political and economic interests of both Britain and the EU, blighting relations for a generation. The CGE brings together over 30 Parliamentarians as members, with Ken Clarke MP as President and Neil Carmichael MP as Chairman.

 

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Seeking the Common Good: Building a new constructive relationship between Britain and the European Union

March 12, 2017

As Britain starts the process of withdrawal from the European Union, the prospects are high that the outcome of the exit negotiations will cause significant damage to the political and economic interests of both Britain and the EU. There is a real danger that if these negotiations go awry, our relationships may be blighted for a generation.

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