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    London Calling Brexit: the UK’s capital is one of the most overlooked issues in the debate

London Calling Brexit: the UK’s capital is one of the most overlooked issues in the debate

‘London Calling Brexit’ is a new series that will appear on the Brexit blog over the next few months. In this introductory post, the series editor, Tim Oliver (Loughborough University London), outlines why what Brexit means for London and what London means for Brexit is a central but overlooked issue for understanding Brexit. As he shows, with London as the UK’s […]

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    The UK is heading towards a frightening constitutional crisis over Brexit

The UK is heading towards a frightening constitutional crisis over Brexit

As the clock runs down on Article 50, a political crisis is looking increasingly likely. However, Iain Begg argues that this could become a more damaging constitutional crisis if Parliament is unable to settle how Brexit proceeds.

With barely five months to go until the 29 March deadline for the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, all eyes are on whether […]

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    Norwegian Blue or Super-Canada – is there any life in this parrot?

Norwegian Blue or Super-Canada – is there any life in this parrot?

How does an obscure article in the Lisbon Treaty obfuscate Britain’s efforts to formulate a post-Brexit relationship with the European Union? And what does this have to do with dead parrots?  Monica Horten explains below.

It was Margaret Thatcher who famously replayed Monty Python’s ‘dead parrot’ sketch at the Tory party conference 28 years ago in 1990. Then the Conservative Party gathered […]

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    Long read: Can the UK capitalise on its service-based economy for trade diversification post Brexit?

Long read: Can the UK capitalise on its service-based economy for trade diversification post Brexit?

As concerns increase over the prospects for a positive post-Brexit agreement with the EU on the terms of exit, much attention continues to be focused on the attractiveness and viability of UK trade diversification. Our first post concluded that physical distance still matters in economic relations between countries and that the role of gravity when considering trade in goods, while […]

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    Book Review: Crashed: How a decade of financial crises changed the world by Adam Tooze (Part 1)

Book Review: Crashed: How a decade of financial crises changed the world by Adam Tooze (Part 1)

In Crashed: How a decade of financial crises changed the world, author Adam Tooze proposes a remarkably consistent narrative of the 2008 financial crisis and its political, geopolitical consequences — one that attempts a coherent interpretation of the global and European crises. In part one of his review of this seminal work, Shahin Vallée examines Tooze’s take on the collapse of the financial system, […]

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    The end of ‘Social Europe’? Brexit poses many dangers for employment relations in the UK

The end of ‘Social Europe’? Brexit poses many dangers for employment relations in the UK

Despite various opt-outs from European directives, Britain has now greater protection for workers than ever before. In principle, the UK could, on leaving the EU, retain all the employment rights and practices established through her long membership. There are, however, many risks that Brexit poses for employment relations, writes David Marsden (LSE).

In principle, Britain could, on leaving the EU, retain all the […]

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    Jeremy is for turning: Labour’s Liverpool conference marks a clear repositioning of the left on Brexit

Jeremy is for turning: Labour’s Liverpool conference marks a clear repositioning of the left on Brexit

The recent Labour conference in Liverpool marked a clear repositioning of the party in the Brexit debate. There has been a clear shift in how the British left sees the UK’s future relationship with Europe, writes Angelos Angelou (LSE). The left just created an opening for a second referendum that could potentially reverse the previous one. As it turns out, on Europe, Jeremy […]

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    Salisbury is a good reminder of the importance of UK-EU extradition arrangements

Salisbury is a good reminder of the importance of UK-EU extradition arrangements

The UK has long been at the forefront of European cooperation against cross-border crime and terrorism. However, the European Arrest Warrant and the UK’s extradition relations with the EU will be greatly affected by Brexit. The Salisbury poisoning is an especially poignant reminder of the importance of establishing future relations in this regard, writes Auke Willems (University of Liverpool). He argues the […]

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    The dismantling of the state since the 1980s: Brexit is the wrong diagnosis of a real crisis

The dismantling of the state since the 1980s: Brexit is the wrong diagnosis of a real crisis

The vote to leave the EU and the administrative chaos around it pull into focus the crisis we should have been talking about before: the failures of homegrown neoliberal policies and their dire implications, writes Abby Innes (LSE). She argues that while Brexit has been heralded by supporters as a solution to a number of problems, what it will […]

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    Lessons from South Korea: What would a hard Brexit mean for British manufacturers?

Lessons from South Korea: What would a hard Brexit mean for British manufacturers?

The UK government has proposed maintaining a ‘common rulebook’ with the European Union following Brexit, which would in principle prevent non-tariff trade barriers from developing. But if this proposal fails and the UK leaves without a deal, how would British manufacturers be affected? Robert Basedow draws lessons from the South Korean car industry, noting that manufacturers based outside of […]