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Category: International 

  • March 30, 2017

    Bring it on: How Britain can master the long journey out of the EU

    Mark wrote the below piece following the triggering of Article 50 which appeared in today’s City AM. So little of the frenetic energy expended since the Brexit vote last summer has focused on any strategic thinking about the type of Britain that will emerge from the EU in just two years’ time. But there has […]
  • March 28, 2017

    How Brexit could benefit the City and the EU

    Mark wrote the following article which appeared in today’s Daily Telegraph. Not long after the referendum, DExEU Ministers asked the City’s leading lights to set out on two sides of A4 what they most wanted from Brexit negotiations. I am told what followed was hour upon hour of pained debate as London’s masters of finance […]
  • July 29, 2016

    Where now for the Geneva Convention?

    One of the great paradoxes of this era of globalisation is the narrowing of many Western minds about the world that lies beyond our own culture and values. For sure today’s opinion formers – and indeed the vast majority of our population – are better travelled than ever, but the dominance of US culture and […]
  • July 10, 2016

    Denmark and Sweden are key allies as we negotiate a new future outside the EU

    A week is a long time in politics – as we know full well amidst these dizzyingly turbulent times. So we can safely presume that the two years or so that lie ahead as we extricate ourselves from the EU will consist of countless unpredictable ebbs and flows. Continental economic turmoil is a given. Not […]
  • June 5, 2016

    It has war on its doorstep, economic woes, and no President to represent it. But here’s why I’m hopeful about Lebanon.

    Building up economic resilience and developing infrastructure in poverty-stricken countries is the only sustainable justification for expenditure on overseas aid. It is also key to stabilising the migration crisis, whose tensions continue to threaten political upheaval throughout Europe. Central to the UK’s own substantial international development contribution must be an appreciation that migrants, whether fleeing […]
  • April 14, 2016

    What exactly does ‘Leave’ entail?

    Few in the Westminster village need much persuading that the forthcoming EU referendum will be ground-breaking. One of its instantly unusual aspects is the framing of the question; it is not a ‘Yes/No’ or even ‘In/Out’ choice that voters will face on the ballot paper, but a ‘Remain’ or ‘Leave’. I suspect this will place […]
  • February 13, 2016

    Britain’s place in the world

    Few elections since Victorian times can be said to have been determined by foreign affairs. Nevertheless the absence of any significant debate on Britain’s place in the world during last year’s General Election was revealing. In the decade since troops were controversially sent into battle in Iraq, the UK still has not decided the extent […]
  • December 23, 2015

    Why Ministers who want to leave EU should resign

    Mark was quoted in today’s Telegraph about whether Ministers should openly advocate our leaving the EU before the referendum. That article can be found here and you can read Mark’s full position on this below.  “We went into the last election seven months ago on a specific pledge to renegotiate our EU membership, and then to let […]
  • October 28, 2015

    Britain is a force for good in the EU

    The European Union is not working – or so its detractors claim. No one can deny the extent of the strains that give weight to their argument. The perennially shambolic conduct of Eurozone business threatens to undermine the Union’s claim to create prosperity and respect democracy. Meanwhile, the refugee and migrant crisis that has spread […]
  • October 2, 2015

    The end game in Syria is still far from clear

    By the time this year is out parliament will almost certainly be called upon to endorse military action in Syria. Many relatively disinterested observers may assume that in the seemingly endless diplomatic saga over our relations with Syria such a debate will be a re-run of the sensationally lost August 2013 vote. But it will […]