Podcast: How do we learn to sing a new song for Europe?

Kirsty Hughes

As Theresa May prepared her latest Brexit speech in the bizarrely chosen venue of Florence, Newsnet took time to record a fresh analysis of the European situation.

Derek Bateman

This latest podcast features Kirsty Hughes, head of a new think-tank, The Scottish Centre on European Relations (SCRE), taking a broad view of the UK government’s lack of progress on Brexit, and how the EU nations might respond. Kirsty joined regular host Derek Bateman and journalist and producer Maurice Smith.

So what happens next with Brexit? How will May’s speech go down in the EU capitals? What  about trade? Scotland? The trio also discuss the ongoing situation in Catalunya, where the Spanish government has sent in federal police in an attempt to block an independence referendum scheduled for October.

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  1. From Barcelona, thanks for the apt comments on the situation in Catalonia. Unfortunately the Spanish government has fulfilled its promises, among them the general charge of sedition and the sidelining of the local police force with the massive arrival (estimated 5,000) of extra members of the national armed military force, and there’s still a week for things to go really ballistic.

    They are to be lodged not in the territory, though, but in the ports of Barcelona and Tarragona. One of the Barcelona floating “troop ships” though is causing hilarity, albeit of a grim sort: it is a Moby Lines ferry with a huge picture of Tweety (Piolín in Spanish) and the other Loony Tunes characters on the side, presumably all they could get at short notice.

    Even if you don’t understand Spanish, you should get the tremending topic message on this feed. And yes, it’s for real. http://www.publico.es/tremending/2017/09/22/tremending-topic-mandais-miles-de-picoletos-en-un-barco-de-piolin-y-luego-quereis-que-assange-distinga-las-noticias-verdaderas/

  2. Exactly a year ago, I took part in a charity cycle ride around London. During the ride, I got into company with an NHS professional who was born in Glasgow and educated at GU. We noticed each other because of our accents! We had a very sociable, and nostalgic jaunt around the metropolis over several hours, in which we also covered a number of other matters. I have to say that I was gobsmacked when my fellow Scot began speaking in admiring terms of Mr Boris Johnson, who was at the time, a potential candidate to be PM. It was one of these interludes when we were clearly talking past each other. On my part, I simply could not comprehend the reasons being given. I am sure that my opinions on the matter were reciprocally incomprehensible. There was no ill-will, we went on to discuss other things and, at the end of the event, parted amicably.

    It was one of these moments when I realised that we were living in different countries. 2014 might well have left us (notBetter) together, but we are living in separate rooms. Northern Ireland – at least half of it – has always been somewhat different and it looks as if Wales, at last, is beginning to look at other rooms in the house. The problem lies in England outwith London and the South East. When are significant numbers of people going to start thinking, “Things can be different”?


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