Hard-Line British Conservatives Must Not Hold Europe Hostage

Reading Time: 3 minutes If we accept that the will of the British electorate, as expressed in the 2016 referendum on Europe, be respected, we must accept that the UK will no longer be part of the EU, from March 29th onwards. Only a second referendum, with the option to stay, could reverse the decision of the 2016 referendum. […]

The EU Should Learn From Brexit, And Be Inspired By The Enlightenment

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Reading Time: 4 minutes Of all the political and economic crises that the European Union has faced in recent years, the UK’s decision to leave  – for whatever reason – is the most challenging for the EU governing bodies. At least, it should be if the EU values its continued existence. The UK had a fair share of internal […]

Bless This House – The Week Westminster Completely Lost The Plot

Reading Time: 4 minutes It has been a week at Westminster that was an embarrassment for all British citizens residing in the EU, whether they are dual-nationals or not. By chance today, I was asked by someone where I came from. I jokingly replied that I was a British/French national, but that once a withdrawal agreement was agreed, I […]

Citizens’ Rights After Brexit: What Is There To Be Grateful About?

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Reading Time: 4 minutes     For British citizens living in the EU-27, Brussels is negating one of the fundaments of its own Union – freedom of onward movement – after Brexit. The UK appears to be turning a blind eye – at least for now.       The Netherlands has become the latest EU-27 member state to […]

C’est Tellement Con, Que Ça Fait Rire!!

Reading Time: 1 minute La une de Charlie Hebdo, du 26 décembre dernier, faisant suite à la mise en garde-à-vue de Peter Cherif, est le plus beau cadeau de Noël que l’on puisse souhaiter. Pour tous-ceux et toutes-celles qui cultivent de façon ardue un sens d’humour et une dérision de la vie que l’on pourrait qualifier de limite, le […]

London’s Eye On Europe

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Reading Time: 5 minutes They don’t politicise Union Jacks being waved at the Last Night of the Proms, accompanying a defiant melody, overflowing with pomp and circumstance. They applaud the vain attempt to remind everybody that if Britannia doesn’t rule the waves anymore, she certainly deserves to. Forgotten are the days of dark colonialism associated with Britain’s mastery of Neptune’s […]

Guy Verhofstadt – Lost In The Mist Over Antwerp

Reading Time: 5 minutes In his latest rant, Guy Verhofstadt – my favourite federalist Euroslicker – has, once again, added to the market value of the F-word, F for federalism. On the French crisis, he writes, What started as a decent, middle-class protest against a new tax on diesel fuel has been hijacked by professional thugs and extremists railing against migrants, […]

Brexit Musings (29) – Is Christmas Only Five Brexit Secretaries Away?

Reading Time: 4 minutes They come and they go, brought in by the wind of change, swept away by a river of delusions. The ireality of what they promise is only matched by the conspicuousness of their incompetence. Will the Brexit secretary 3.0 be any better than his predecessors? The big question is, though, whether he will make it through […]

Is EU Citizenship Meaningless? – The Dutch Seem To Think So

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Reading Time: 4 minutes Last January, a short adaptation of one of my blog posts concerning citizens’ rights after Brexit, was published in the Dutch national newspaper, “Trouw.” I pointed out the problems facing British citizens who will still be living and working in the EU-27 after Brexit. In particular, I stressed the dangers of the upcoming bureaucracy, and the […]