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Although Britain won’t rejoin EFTA, it can learn a great deal from its experience

Although Theresa May wants a bespoke deal with the EU that will be outside the European Free Trade Association, EFTA’s own relationship with the Union is instructive, write Sieglinde Gstöhl (College of Europe) and Christian Frommelt (Liechtenstein Institute). It sheds light on the challenges of an ‘arm’s-length’ relationship with the EU, in particular for trade policy.

In her Florence speech in September, Theresa […]

Where will the UK’s aid budget go when it stops contributing to the EU?

Britain is a major contributor to the EU aid budget. Sophia Price (Leeds Beckett University) discusses how Britain might choose to spend its aid budget once its obligations to the EU – a key element of the ‘divorce bill’ – are fulfilled. Will it continue to direct money towards countries with which it hopes to forge stronger trading relationships? […]

What young Britons really think about Brexit and their prospects outside the EU

In the immediate aftermath of the EU referendum, much was made of how devastated young people were by the result. A survey by Lord Ashcroft suggested that over 70% of young people aged 18-24 voted Remain, while almost 60% of over 55s voted to Leave. In her ongoing research, Avril Keating (UCL) found that this view is too simplistic: in practice, young people’s […]

The Mail’s ‘Brexit bias’ witch-hunt is wrong, but raises uncomfortable home truths

Chris Heaton-Harris MP was wrong to ask vice-chancellors for details of their Brexit teaching, and the subsequent Daily Mail witch-hunt against Remainers is contemptible. But, Lee Jones argues, the imbroglio does highlight some serious problems within academia and its relationship to wider society.

As one of the small handful of openly pro-Brexit academics, I was quoted in all of the […]

October 30th, 2017|Culture, Featured|13 Comments|

What I teach about Brexit to my (so far distinctly Eurosceptical) students

The MP Chris Heaton-Harris has asked vice-chancellors to disclose the names of academics teaching about the EU, and the content of their courses. Oliver Daddow (University of Nottingham) explains what students on his new Brexit: Foreign Policy and the Withdrawal from Europe course are studying. Many are indignant at the suggestion they would soak up ‘Remain propaganda’ and most currently think Britain should not […]

Going it alone on trade is like bringing a chocolate spoon to a knife fight

What does the Bombardier dispute tell us about the likely impact of Brexit? First of all, state aid is a fact of life in civil aviation, writes Chris Kendall. Without it, companies would not be able to compete effectively in the global market. Free market Leavers believe Britain can prosper without it because our example will encourage others to remove […]

Most British MPs used to avoid tweeting about the EU, leaving Eurosceptics to fill the gap

There was a time when the topic of the EU had little salience in British politics. Resul Umit (Vienna Institute for Advanced Studies) analysed the tweets of MPs in Ireland, Westminster and the devolved governments and found that few tweeted much about EU affairs in 2014-15, especially if they were in unsafe seats. This allowed Eurosceptical parliamentarians to fill the […]

The new sovereigntism: what it means for human rights law in the UK

Brexit relates to a new sovereigntism that has alarming implications for the rule of law, argues Fiona de Londras (University of Birmingham). Although the European Convention on Human Rights is not an EU law – and therefore unaffected by leaving – there are striking parallels between pro-Brexit and anti-ECHR arguments. The prisoner voting saga is one area where Westminster has […]

Referendum campaigns can end up convincing voters that their preferred party is right

When people are deciding how to vote in a referendum, do they take their cue from party loyalty or by listening to the debate and making up their own minds? When Céline Colombo (University of Zurich) and Hanspeter Kriesi (European University Institute) analysed two Swiss referendums, they found that voters do pay attention to the arguments. But during the referendum campaigns they […]

The EU is extraordinarily complex. But do we want to simplify it?

The EU’s institutional architecture is often regarded as being too complex for citizens to properly engage with, and both Jean-Claude Juncker and Emmanuel Macron have recently proposed some form of simplification – such as merging the President of the European Commission with the President of the European Council, or shrinking the Commission. Dimiter Toshkov argues that while the EU is extraordinarily […]