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Brendan Donnelly

Brendan is Director of the Federal Trust, the research institute studying the interactions between regional, national, European and global levels of government.

He was elected as a Member of the European Parliament in Sussex South and Crawley at the European Parliament election, 1994 for the Conservative Party. He then left the party, continued as an independent for a period, and then co-founded and became deputy leader of the Pro-Euro Conservative Party at the 1999 European elections. He stood in the 2009 European elections under the Yes2Europe political label and in the 2014 European elections for the 4 Freedoms Party (UK EPP). He is former chair of the Federal Union.

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The Brexit election will not make Brexit easier for Mrs. May

Announcing her decision to call for a general election in June, the Prime Minister claimed that “every vote for the Conservatives will make me stronger when I negotiate for Britain with … the European Union.”  Although she did not say so, Mrs. May reportedly also believes that an increased Parliamentary majority after the election will strengthen her hand in dealing with internal dissent on the European issue within her own party. Mrs. May’s hopes are likely to be disappointed in both cases.

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