CETA on life support because of Brexit

If CETA is ratified any time soon, and that is becoming more doubtful every day, agricultural issues will likely be left out

CETA on life support because of BrexitThe Brexit vote has left Europe in a mess – and dealt a serious blow to Canada's trade prospects. The British pound is dropping, world markets are scrambling and most are wondering how the political establishment will address what appears to be a constitutional vacuum related to exiting member-states of the European Union. It speaks…

How Brexit will affect Canada

Britain's withdrawal from Europe may hurt Canada’s access to the much-larger European markets

How Brexit will affect CanadaBrexit is a game changer but how can one country’s decision to leave an economic union affect that nation, its former partners and the world, including Canada? Any real changes in trade conditions, labour mobility, etc., will take at least two years to define, negotiate and implement. But negative anticipation and uncertainty have already thrown…

Brexit places globalization on the line

Globalization is still the best way for individual economies, and a competitive marketplace, to thrive

Brexit places globalization on the lineIs this the beginning of the end for globalization? That’s what some commentators hinted at last week after the stunning result of the United Kingdom European Union membership referendum, or Brexit. The Leave campaign earned 51.89 per cent support (17,410,742 votes), while Remain finished at 48.11 per cent (16,141,241 votes). This led to an eruption…

Cameron may have lit the fuse, but EU provided the powder keg

The EU made a terrible mistake in the early '90s by choosing to massively enlarge its membership rather than strengthening its core

Cameron may have lit the fuse, but EU provided the powder kegAll of this was avoidable. British Prime Minister David Cameron may have lit the fuse that may lead to the disintegration of the European Union, but it was the EU’s own actions in the early 1990s that proved to be the powder keg. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, Europe faced a critical decision:…

Brexit financial repercussions will be felt for years

The referendum has aggravated growing concern about the instability of the global economic landscape

Brexit financial repercussions will be felt for yearsThe Brexit referendum result has the makings of a global financial disaster. Fifty-two per cent of United Kingdom citizens who recently went to the polls voted in favour of leaving the European Union. It's a decision that will be felt around the world for years. In fact, the Brexit vote will have gigantic economic repercussions…

Russia the big winner in the post-Brexit uncertainty

The EU’s resolve to continue sanctions against Russia may well weaken, with the nations of Eastern Europe caught in the crosshairs

Russia the big winner in the post-Brexit uncertaintyBritons’ June 23 vote to leave the European Union set the stage for a multi-year period of negotiations that will allow Great Britain to revise the terms of its participation in the EU and possibly lead to a complete withdrawal from the organization. The results, which triggered the resignation of British Prime Minister David Cameron,…

Why Britain’s exit from the EU wouldn’t make sense

Brexit proponents fail to recognize how important Europe is to Britain's economy, and how critical Britain is to Europe's stability

Why Britain’s exit from the EU wouldn’t make senseVoters in Britain will determine the fate of the European Union on June 23. A decision to ‘Brexit' – leave the 28-nation EU – could have far-reaching implications for Britain and the world. Arguments for Britain leaving the EU tend to focus on seemingly irrational fears: fear of being swamped by foreign immigration, fear of British…

Could the UK actually leave the European Union?

The UK’s relationship to what is now called the European Union has always been ambivalent

Could the UK actually leave the European Union?With Scotland’s independence referendum in the rear-view mirror, the UK is on course for another mass public consultation, perhaps even as early as this coming June. The question will be direct: Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union? This is known in media parlance as Brexit,…

King Arthur and the crafty monks of Glastonbury

Glastonbury Abbey perpetuated the King Arthur legend to find the money to rebuild their abbey which burnt-down in 1184

King Arthur and the crafty monks of GlastonburyA recent news story about archaeological findings at the site of England’s Glastonbury Abbey made me think of the long-dead Hollywood actor Robert Taylor. Let me explain. I was a month short of my ninth birthday when Taylor came to Ireland for location shooting on MGM’s production of Knights of the Round Table, and the…

Battle of Agincourt one of the most famous battles in history

"We few, we happy few, we band of brothers"

Battle of Agincourt one of the most famous battles in historyWe few, we happy few, we band of brothers; For he today that sheds his blood with me Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile, This day shall gentle his condition; And gentlemen in England now-a-bed Shall think themselves accurs’d they were not here, And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks That…