Does President Trump make Marine Le Pen victory more likely in 2017?

  Britain’s vote to leave the EU. Donald Trump’s unexpected march to the White House. Western politics has experienced more upheaval in the last 6 months many people will witness in their lifetimes. As Trump’s tally mounted last night and it became clear that he would overcome his rival, Front National founder Jean-Marie Le Pen …

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US Elections round-up: Trump defies the odds

  Donald Trump wins presidential election Republican candidate Donald Trump shattered pollsters expectations to win the US Presidency with 276 electoral votes (at writing), having clinched the key battleground states of Florida, Pennsylvania and Ohio in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Trump’s fairly early victory in Florida meant the election was on a knife-edge …

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Will 2019 be the next year of political crisis?

  Prerogative power just took a big hit. Right now, everyone is looking at the Article 50 issue, quite rightly.  But before addressing that, it’s worth pointing out that the executive in Britain uses prerogative powers widely.  A minority of geeky MPs have long complained about it, saying it undermines Parliamentary sovereignty.  They got nowhere: …

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Has the High Court ruling put a snap election back on the table?

  Today, the High Court has delivered the landmark ruling on the legal challenge to Article 50, and the Government has lost.   This is of great significance both constitutionally and politically, and could have wide-reaching ramifications for the timing of the UK’s exit from the EU. Despite arguments by the Government that the making and …

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