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Keeping freedom of movement is the top Brexit priority for young people

What are young people’s priorities in the Brexit negotiations? In focus groups held around the country, Shakuntala Banaji and Sam Mejias (LSE) found a majority want to keep the right to freedom of movement and maintain trade links with Europe. They also complained about the lack of political education in British schools, which they felt left adults ill-prepared to vote.

Young people in our focus […]

Is the European Parliament missing an opportunity to reform after Brexit?

While Brexit negotiations are beginning to progress, the European Parliament is preparing to vote on the possible reallocation of seats following the UK’s departure. With many of the current proposals reflecting Member States’ concerns about losing seats, Robert Kalcik, Nicolas Moes and Guntram B Woolf (Bruegel) advocate for options that could better achieve equality of representation even within the […]

Young people are highly critical of Brexit and fear the insularity it could bring

Most young people did not support Brexit and the referendum result left many feeling frustrated and disempowered, write Shakuntala Banaji  and Sam Mejias (LSE). They fear the vote will make the UK more insular and are highly critical of the way the campaign was conducted. In focus groups, they showed a strong understanding of the EU – and want a […]

After a period of resilience, things appear to be turning sour for the UK economy

Eighteen months on from the referendum, it is still far from clear what effect the Leave decision has had and, more importantly, will have on the British economy. Although the worst excesses of ‘project fear’ have justifiably been debunked, writes Iain Begg (LSE), recent indicators suggest the UK economy has been less resilient than it first appeared.

In the second […]

The migrant labour shortage is already here, and agri-tech can’t yet fill the gap

Crops have gone unpicked and unharvested because of a growing shortage of agricultural labour. Richard Byrne (Harper Adams University) explains why farming is so dependent on workers from eastern Europe and why some have already left, or chosen not to come to Britain this year. Agri-tech is not going to fill the gap immediately, and the UK needs to […]

What Euroscepticism looks like in Central and Eastern Europe

In the rest of the EU, Euroscepticism is driven by particular complaints and resentments – some of which are shared by British Eurosceptics, and others (such as unhappiness at the Greek bailout) which are local. Simona Guerra (University of Leicester) reports on a recent conference in Bratislava, which looks at the forms Euroscepticism has taken among Latvians, Slovakians, Germans and Austrians since the economic crisis.

Public Euroscepticism is […]

Brexit could be an opportunity for the Welsh economy

Brexit could be good for Wales, writes James Foreman-Peck (Cardiff Business School). EU models of regional aid relied on a stand-alone conception of the Welsh economy, but in fact the country is deeply interlinked with the neighbouring English regions and cities. In a European Free Trade Area like the one Britain originally wanted to create, Wales’ strengths – such as […]

Now is the moment of truth: Britain must set out a realistic Brexit negotiating position

Britain’s current negotiating position with the EU is contradictory and unrealistic. It must set out a feasible plan in the early weeks of 2018 if it wants to avoid inflicting further economic damage on itself, writes Joaquín Almunia (LSE European Institute). There is no more time to waste.

Now the European Council has given permission for the second phase of Brexit negotiations to proceed, the […]

When taking away one means division: what Brexit means for EU sanctions

When the UK leaves the EU, it will also lose access to its foreign and security policy institutions – and, of course, vice versa. Nicholas Wright (University College London) looks at what this will mean for one of the most effective weapons in the EU’s armoury of soft power: sanctions.

The UK’s foreign and security policy-focused departments have faced very […]

Regional visas could work, but whether they are a good idea is a political rather than an economic question

Should the UK introduce subnational visas after Brexit, so that immigrants would only be able to work in a particular region? Several advocacy organisations and politicians have mooted the idea. The Migration Observatory looks at the pros and cons of such a scheme. Although the regions of the UK have very different labour needs and levels of population growth, the question […]