Written by Andrew McQuillan, Political Consultant on 12 December 2017
The puffs of white smoke which emanated over Brussels and Arlene Foster’s Enniskillen home in the early hours of this morning seemed unlikely yesterday.Back then the DUP’s hardball attitude to the Brexit negotiations had been reiterated with characteristic Ulster robustness, with a source stating that in the game of who would blink first, they had cut off their eyelids long ago.
Written by Sabine Tyldesley, Political Consultant on 26 September 2017
Angela Merkel secured a fourth term as German chancellor on Sunday, despite significant losses in vote share. Her Christian democratic party CDU recorded its worst result since 1949, with 33 per cent compared to 41 per cent in 2013. Her main rival and former coalition partners, the Social Democrats (SPD) only secured 21 per cent, their worst result in post war times, which led SDP Party leader Martin Schulz to announce his party would re-enter a “grand coalition” with Merkel, but head into opposition.
Written by Tom King, Senior Monitoring Content Specialist on 22 August 2017
The cornerstone of the Government’s Brexit legislative programme is the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill. Its aim is to untangle more than forty years’ worth of UK and EU law whilst still maintaining a working statute book in an incredibly limited timeframe. However, concerns have been voiced over the wide ranging powers the Bill gives ministers in amending swathes of legislation.