Pawel Swidlicki is an independent analyst specializing in the European Union. He focuses on issues ranging from UK-EU relations and UK, German and Polish domestic politics to the refugee and migration crisis. Swidlicki was previously a policy analyst at the Open Europe think tank. The opinions expressed here belong to the author.
4 August 2014With the Calais crisis showing no signs of easing, there has been feverish speculation about who is to blame, and a few prominent commentators have identified the EU as the chief culprit.
Not long ago, Angela Merkel's dominant position in Germany and her status as the most influential leader in Europe seemed secure. Now voters in her home state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern appear poised to inflict a humiliating defeat to the German Chancellor and her Christian Democtratic Union party in Sunday's regional elections.
@SamCoatesTimes Between lower growth and continued payments to EU there won't be a meaningful Brexit dividend. You can always borrow or take money from somewhere else and label it as 'Brexit cash for NHS' but that won't make it true
@TomMcTague I'm not even arguing we should stay in a CU with EU post Brexit (beyond the short term) but keen to see how those arguing in favour of a 'clean Brexit' intend to resolve the Irish border issue - keeping it free-flowing was also an explicit Leave pledge remember
@TomMcTague Partially, yes (wouldn't cover services and investment) though potentially this could be mitigated by UK having a formal consultative role in EU negotiations (admittedly this would be hard to negotiate)
Not arguing we should stay in a customs union with EU post-Brexit, there are good arguments against, but these need to be made and subjected to proper, robust scrutiny as regards their practicality - not deflected with trite about CBI's predecessor backing appeasement in the 30s
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