Author: Carol Weaver

Dr Carol Weaver is a former academic writer and university teacher, mainly focussed on Politics, European Security and the Black Sea Region. She has lived in the East Midlands for over 20 years and has stood as a parliamentary candidate. Currently, Carol is the Chair of Leicestershire and Rutland European Movement and the Editor of East Midlands Bylines.

An interview with Anna Bird (CEO European Movement UK)

Carol Weaver

1. How good is the new deal with the European Union (EU)? The deal is a bad deal for Britain. It is hard to think of a non no-deal outcome that could have been worse. The brutal reality of what we have lost compared to what we had is best laid out in these charts. […]

Two tiers in a reformed EU

Carol Weaver

What seems like many years ago, in the year 2016, I wrote about how we might make the most of leaving the European Union (EU). At that time (late June), it did not occur to me that the referendum had been illegal, and we could campaign for it to be rerun.   So, it seemed […]

Whatever happened to the Norway option?

Carol Weaver

Polls show, given another referendum, more people would opt to remain than to leave the European Union (EU). But we have left the EU and cannot undo Brexit for the moment. Nevertheless, we have not left the single market and could have the option to stay – the Norway option. The Vote Leave government does […]

What has Nagorno Karabakh got to do with us?

Carol Weaver

Events around the small region of Nagorno Karabakh could be a ‘tinder box’ for a wider regional war involving Turkey, Russia and Syrian mercenaries, as well as the main opponents Armenia and Azerbaijan, with Iran watching events closely. But isn’t it all a long way off and yet another former Soviet Union war, though close […]

Rules of origin and the last Brexit straw

Carol Weaver

There are now less than 90 days left until we leave the single market and customs union. Yes, we left the EU at the end of January and lost our MEPs and our influence in Europe, but the actual effect of leaving will be enormous come 2021, especially without a good deal. Tory backbenchers are […]

Populists, libertarians, kleptocrats … and where to find them

Carol Weaver

Forget traditional conservatives, socialists and liberals! We are in a new era now. The West is influencing the world with its liberal democracy, values and human rights far less than it once did and these aspects of freedom are being eroded at home too with regular attacks on democracy within the UK. Only the EU […]

Whoops democracy!

Carol Weaver

Just like that! Magic! Now you see it, now you don’t. The sleight of hand of this government probably knows no equal. Our prime minister can even make himself disappear for long periods at a time – or indeed be in several places or states at a time, like a Schrödinger’s PM. Note the regular […]