Brexit Musings (10) – A Happy BreXmas To You Too, Mrs May

May

Reading Time: 4 minutes Now Theresa – May I call you Theresa?  Thank you so much for your personal Christmas letter addressed to hundreds of thousands of poor innocent mugs like me, who couldn’t vote in a referendum that we never asked for. I hope you don’t  mind if I distort just a teeny-weeny little bit, your much thought […]

Citizens’ Rights Have Been Swept Under The Carpet

Citizens

Reading Time: 10 minutes Whereas 23rd June 2016 will be remembered as one of the blackest days of our lives, as EU citizens in the UK and Brits in the EU, the announcement of a last-minute agreement “securing” citizens’ rights, will probably rank as being “very dark grey”. Two things come to mind when analysing the outcome of this […]

Brexit Musings (9): Catfight In Brussels – Seconds Out, Round 6

Brexit

Reading Time: 5 minutes   The sixth round of the Brexit negotiations took place on 9th and 10th November, and brought absolutely nothing new. Well, you didn’t really expect them to reach an agreement on something as trivial as citizens’ rights, did you? My advice for all Brits on the continent is, get a second nationality…and quick, because time […]

Brexit Musings (8): Ain’t Britain Got Culture, No More?

Culture

Reading Time: 5 minutes Riches And Stitches in the EU It’s quite interesting to see how different European countries tackle the outcome of a general election that didn’t quite go to plan. It seems that, nowadays, the electorate want a little bit of this, and a little bit of that, and end up getting nothing. Dutch politicians rhymed their way […]

Two Of A Kind – Mutual Recognition Of Professional Qualifications Post-Brexit

Reading Time: 8 minutes One of the cornerstones of the European Union, concerns free movement of labour, and the freedom for the self-employed to establish themselves in other Member States. In both cases, the basic objective is that all EU nationals be treated equally. Article 57 of the Treaty on European Union empowers the Council of Ministers to issue […]

Utopia, Anno 2017 – Catalonia And Brexit

Utopia

Reading Time: 8 minutes   During the UK referendum campaign, the Leave camp’s arguments for leaving the European Union  focused on, (i) a full economic recovery only made possible outside the EU, (ii) close to zero immigration and, (iii) a financed healthcare system. Whilst a non negligible proportion of the Brexit voters are clearly isolationist and/or xenophobic, I do […]