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Mind the Gap: Brexit and the generational divide

The EU Referendum results reveal a sharp generational divide in British politics. According to YouGov, under-25s were more than twice as likely to vote Remain (71%) than Leave (29%), while among over-65s the picture is almost the exact opposite. 

This panel discussion by Jennifer Jackson-Preece, Manmit Bhambra, Michael Cottakis, Roch Dunin-Wąsowicz, Claire Gordon, and Darren Moon considered how Brexit is shaping the politics […]

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    The biggest threat to the City of London is now uncertainty

The biggest threat to the City of London is now uncertainty

Uncertainty is now the biggest threat to the City of London, writes Simeon Djankov. It is not simply a question of whether changes to financial regulation will deter business, but whether the government can deliver on its promises to cut corporate taxes, reform immigration while letting in talent and make corporations more transparent without putting off foreign investors. In […]

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    More positive, assertive and forward-looking: how Leave won Twitter

More positive, assertive and forward-looking: how Leave won Twitter

How did people talk about the EU referendum on Twitter? Akitaka Matsuo and Kenneth Benoit (left) analysed 23m tweets about Brexit, and found salient differences between Leave and Remain supporters. People who backed Leave were more likely to use positive, assertive and forward-looking language. They also tended to follow politicians and campaigning accounts, while Remain supporters were more likely to follow […]

Video: Labour markets, welfare & the portability of rights

The world faces major uncertainties –  economic (another economic crisis?), political (instability in the Middle East), environmental (climate change), societal (population ageing) and technical (nuclear safety). To those, add uncertainties connected with Brexit and in connection with the new US administration. In the face of those uncertainties, the welfare state – one of whose major purposes is risk sharing […]

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    Theory and Brexit: can theoretical approaches help us understand Brexit?

Theory and Brexit: can theoretical approaches help us understand Brexit?

The unprecedented and complex nature of Brexit presents us with a daily avalanche of events, gossip and facts. We need a way to sift through developments to focus on those that are the most important. As Tim Oliver argues, using various theoretical approaches can help us better understand Brexit.

Brexit is the defining issue of British politics. Not an hour […]

Video: what economic future for the EU and for the UK?

Why have economic forecasts on Brexit proved so wrong? What future for the EU club and for the UK? And what can we say about the general economic outlook? A lecture by Iain Begg, Francisco Torres, and Lorenzo Codogno from the LSE European Institute – delivered as part of the LSE’s lecture series ‘Brexit: Implications for the UK, the EU and the international […]

Brexit and the First ‘European’ Generation

Brexit is a shock, but one which the European Union can recover from, writes Michael Cottakis. Hope rests above all in a first ‘European’ generation which has grown up experiencing the benefits of integration and membership. This group will decide the EU’s future direction, if it can overcome its frustration.

Support for the EU is highest amongst Europe’s young. This […]

More talent, please: a blueprint for the UK’s future migration policy

When the UK gains control over migration policy, who should get priority? In this extract from its new report, the LSE Growth Commission says the new visa system establishes clear criteria and processes applications efficiently. Skills shortages mean the UK needs more high-skilled workers, not fewer. We must preserve our status as a magnet for talent from around the world.

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‘Hurricane Brexit’ – or why economists should admit they can’t always get it right

The Bank of England’s chief economist recently said his profession was “to some degree in crisis” over its failure to predict the 2008 financial crash and – to a lesser extent – the apparent resilience of the UK economy after the Brexit vote. Dimitri Zenghelis looks at how economic forecasting works and explains that its models are not infallible. […]

What trading outside the Single Market looks like

Once the UK has left the Single Market – and assuming it does not join EFTA or negotiate a bespoke deal with the EU – it will have to revert to World Trade Organisation membership. In this extract from its latest report, the LSE Growth Commission explains that in the absence of bilateral deals this will mean determining a universal […]