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What if Britain rejoined the EU? Breaking up may be less hard than making up

If Britain ever sought to rejoin the EU, it could not be on the terms of membership we previously enjoyed, warns Iain Begg (LSE). The UK’s budget rebate, exemption from Schengen and opt-outs from the euro and judicial cooperation will not be on the table again. This would make rejoining a difficult sell to the British public.

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    Book Review: Europe’s Brexit: EU Perspectives on Britain’s Vote to Leave edited by Tim Oliver

Book Review: Europe’s Brexit: EU Perspectives on Britain’s Vote to Leave edited by Tim Oliver

In Europe’s Brexit: EU Perspectives on Britain’s Vote to Leave, editor Tim Oliver brings together contributors to refocus attention from the impact of Brexit upon the UK to instead consider the perspectives of the 27 other EU countries as well as the implications for EU institutions. This is a well-written collection that will prompt readers to better understand the desires, motivations and […]

September 21st, 2018|#LSEThinks, Culture, Featured|2 Comments|
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    Notes on compromise: joining the EEA is not the same as staying in the EU

Notes on compromise: joining the EEA is not the same as staying in the EU

On behalf of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon has urged that the UK leave the EU but remain within the Customs Union. It should seek also to join the European Economic Area on the same terms as Norway and Iceland enjoy. Many others have defended the same proposal. On a free vote, it would probably command a majority in the House […]

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    Why we must all now be with Rees-Mogg: the case against a sudden reversal of Brexit

Why we must all now be with Rees-Mogg: the case against a sudden reversal of Brexit

All the available evidence suggests that Brexit will be chaotic and debilitating, but the answer is not necessarily to force a halt – unless it is the Hard Brexit devotees themselves who are forced to do it. In this blog, Conor Gearty (LSE) explains that a sudden reversal of Brexit would become the new casus belli. Equally, the government’s current exit […]

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    Will the independence of the Bank of England fall as a consequence of Brexit?

Will the independence of the Bank of England fall as a consequence of Brexit?

Will central bank independence in the UK fall as a consequence of Brexit? As Hjalte Lokdam (LSE) explains, Brexit represents a political shift that is likely to affect the structure of the British governmental apparatus. The role of the executive will undoubtedly be strengthened, and if the already considerable difficulties associated with exiting the EU are compounded by a recession, an either […]

Continental Breakfast 11: fragile politics and trading relationships

Business Europe hosted a panel of LSE experts for a joint seminar with business representatives in Brussels on 25 June 2018 to discuss the current state of Brexit negotiations. Professors Kevin Featherstone and Tony Travers talked about the political situation in the UK, and Professor Paola Conconi and Jan Kleinheisterkamp went on to discuss potential new UK-EU trade relationships. Elsa Leromain (CEP, LSE) […]

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    Long read: Can Brexit defy gravity? It is still much cheaper to trade with neighbouring countries

Long read: Can Brexit defy gravity? It is still much cheaper to trade with neighbouring countries

Is the UK locked into economic relationships dominated by geography? Can it reorient its trade and FDI patterns from the slower growing European economy to faster-growing markets in Asia, Latin America and Africa, as promised by the proponents of Brexit? In this article Saul Estrin, Christine Cote (LSE), and Daniel Shapiro (Simon Fraser University) concentrate their attention on trade in goods […]

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    A global trade war is one more reason for the UK to prioritise its future relationship with the EU

A global trade war is one more reason for the UK to prioritise its future relationship with the EU

The world is amid a global trade war which currently shows no signs of dissipating. How could this global trade dispute affect Britain and the Brexit process? Josh De Lyon (LSE) argues that it is becoming increasingly clear that the UK is beginning to prioritise its future relationship with the EU, and that potential trade agreements with third countries appear […]

Hard cheese? Dairy products will be more expensive after Brexit

Britain imports a lot of dairy produce, nearly all of it from the EU. At home, the industry employs a large number of workers from the rest of the EU. Jan Bakker and Nikhil Datta (LSE) predict that dairy will become more expensive after Brexit. Even if Britons switch to UK-produced dairy, it will take some years for domestic […]

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    A paler shade of grey? It is hard to see how any in-between version of Brexit can prevail

A paler shade of grey? It is hard to see how any in-between version of Brexit can prevail

A simple metaphor captures the dilemmas around Brexit: some want white, others want black. To state the blindingly obvious, the two are mutually exclusive. In this post, Iain Begg (LSE) considers the two logically coherent positions on EU membership. It is hard to see how any in-between solution – any shade of grey – can prevail. 

Leaving the EU means, […]