Posts by Richard Parry

Richard Parry discusses the interacting policies on devolution and Brexit in the current impasse between UK and devolved governments. As part of their unfolding tactics on Brexit, the Scottish and Welsh Governments have through their legislators taken powers to alter inherited EU-based law in... Read more
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Richard Parry discusses the attempts to express political objectives in secure legal wording as Brexit progresses   On 20 December 2017 the  EU Commission set out its draft supplementary negotiating guidelines for the next phase of the Brexit negotiations, during which the arrangements for UK... Read more
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The post-Hogmanay atmosphere is always sobering, and never more than this year when the party may be over for some many people in so many ways. During 2017, three great political experiments - Brexit, the Trump Presidency and the Catalonian independence project - failed to progress beyond the... Read more
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Richard Parry reflects on the first-stage agreement between the UK and EU that defuses political of tension but has little comfort for the proponents of Brexit and leaves all to play for in the territorial politics of Britain and Ireland.    Sometimes even the best-trailed political events happen... Read more
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Richard Parry discusses the impact of three speeches in Florence, Glasgow and Barcelona.    Carles Puigdemont asked his Parliament on 10 October, ‘if that has been possible in one of the oldest, most constituted and exemplary democracies in the world, as in the United Kingdom, why could it not also... Read more
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Richard Parry discusses the UK’s return to EU negotiating action.    Despite holiday absences of European leaders, negotiations have been proceeding well in recent weeks and a joint statement has been issued. One side has conceded that any wishful thinking about the UK’s not leaving the EU and its... Read more
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The First Minister's statement to parliament was uncomfortable for her but at least gives her a deadline. In the light of which, suggests Richard Parry, political observers might like to look at a calendar.     Sometimes politics is a matter of managing the calendar and electoral cycle. Nicola... Read more
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Richard Parry assesses the implications of the GE2017 result for Theresa May and Nicola Sturgeon.   Theresa May is in a similar position to Nicola Sturgeon at Holyrood in 2016: she has lost her overall majority but is by a long way the largest party, no winning combination of other parties is... Read more
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Already late, the launch of the SNP manifesto was held back until yesterday (30 May) by the Manchester bombing. The phrase ‘in Washington, everything is political’ now applies worldwide in the cynical world of professional politics but even the most hard-bitten were sobered by an attack on a... Read more
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Jeremy Corbyn’s acquiescence in an early General Election has confirmed the supposition that if pushed an opposition party would never want to appear to be frightened of going to the country. The result has been to nullify the point of the Fixed Term Parliaments Act 2011 except when there is a... Read more
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