The Federal Trust

by The Federal Trust for Education and Research

The Federal Trust is a research institute studying the interactions between regional, national, European and global levels of government. Founded in 1945 on the initiative of Sir William Beveridge, it has long made a powerful contribution to the study of federalism and federal systems. It has always had a particular interest in the European Union and Britain’s place in it. The Federal Trust has no allegiance to any political ... 

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Podcast episodes

  • Will Trump Destroy NATO?

    Will Trump Destroy NATO?

    In this latest Federal Trust podcast, John Stevens and Brendan Donnelly discuss the implications of a Trump Presidency for Europe and the United Kingdom. They conclude that if Trump becomes the next American President, then the European Union will be both prepared and able to increase its expenditure on defence. This process of “strategic autonomy” for the European Union is already underway and is likely to gain momentum in the coming years. SPEAKERS Brendan Donnelly is the Director of the Federal Trust and a former Conservative MEP. John Stevens Chair of the Federal Trust and an analyst and commentator on economic affairs. ABOUT THE FEDERAL TRUST The Federal Trust is a research institute studying regional, national, European and global levels of government. It has always had a particular interest in the European Union and Britain’s place in it. The Federal Trust has no allegiance to any political party. It is registered as a charity for the purposes of education and research. Website: https://fedtrust.co.uk/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/fedtrust Donate: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?business=treasurer%40fedtrust.co.uk&currency_code=GBP Support our work: https://www.patreon.com/federaltrust

  • Northern Ireland can now face the future

    Northern Ireland can now face the future

    In this new episode of the Federal Trust podcast, Geoff Martin welcomes the restoration of normal political life in Northern Ireland after years of deadlock. The appointment of two women from opposing political traditions as First and Deputy First Minister undoubtedly marks a turning-point in the Province’s history. But Geoff cautions that rifts between and within its political parties could still lead to instability in Northern Ireland.

  • Labour Divided on Brexit?

    Labour Divided on Brexit?

    In this new Federal Trust podcast, Brendan Donnelly and John Stevens discuss the likely course of the British debate on Brexit in 2024. They suggest that the Mayor of London’s new intervention in this debate is both part of his election strategy for the Mayoral elections and a foretaste of debates to come within the Labour Party. These debates are likely to reach a climax in the years following the General Election. SPEAKERS Brendan Donnelly is the Director of the Federal Trust and a former Conservative MEP. John Stevens Chair of the Federal Trust and an analyst and commentator on economic affairs. ABOUT THE FEDERAL TRUST The Federal Trust is a research institute studying regional, national, European and global levels of government. It has always had a particular interest in the European Union and Britain’s place in it. The Federal Trust has no allegiance to any political party. It is registered as a charity for the purposes of education and research. Website: https://fedtrust.co.uk/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/fedtrust Donate: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?business=treasurer%40fedtrust.co.uk&currency_code=GBP Support our work: https://www.patreon.com/federaltrust #Brexit #rejoineu #sadiqkhan #sunak

  • Immigration after Brexit: the Conservative Party implodes

    Immigration after Brexit: the Conservative Party implodes

    Brendan Donnelly and John Stevens discuss the latest proposals of the British government to reduce net migration into the UK. They conclude that these proposals simply represent the latest instalment in the Conservative Party’s continuing internal divisions over Brexit’s consequences. They will be economically damaging and are unlikely to help the Conservative Party in the next General Election. SPEAKERS: Brendan Donnelly is the Director of the Federal Trust and a former Conservative MEP. John Stevens Chair of the Federal Trust and an analyst and commentator on economic affairs.

  • How Brexit Has Changed British Politics for Ever

    How Brexit Has Changed British Politics for Ever

    In this video, our Chairman John Stevens and Director Brendan Donnelly discuss the dismissal of Suella Braverman and the appointment of David Cameron. Does this represent a new political path for the Conservative Party and Rishi Sunak? Or is it simply the latest throw of the dice for a divided Party that will be reversed before Christmas? SPEAKERS: Brendan Donnelly is the Director of the Federal Trust and a former Conservative MEP. John Stevens Chair of the Federal Trust and an analyst and commentator on economic affairs.