By LSE authors

If you didn’t laugh, you’d cry … Brexit and the renaissance of British humour

It would be unbearable if it weren’t so amusing … John Ryan (LSE Ideas) says the desire to salvage some comic value from the Brexit negotiations, and the chief political players, has inspired plenty of satire – something the British have long excelled at. Even the more arcane elements of British comedy have found an appreciative audience in continental Europe.

The referendum was won […]

Generation Brexit officially launches in six new languages

Today Generation Brexit officially launches in six new languages – German, French, Italian, Spanish, Polish and Greek. With our new language sections, the Generation Brexit project becomes the only pan-European Brexit project of its type.
We want to hear from YOU, in your language.
After you set up an account (top right side of the page), you can either come up […]

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    Britain risks securitising its future relationship with the EU

Britain risks securitising its future relationship with the EU

On September 22, Theresa May’s speech in Florence ostensibly outlined a way forward on Brexit. Is the £20bn on offer too much, too little or too late? Are promises to protect the rights of EU citizens in the UK real or merely rhetorical? What will happen next – renewed dialogue with Brussels or a bust-up with Boris and other […]

‘Global Britain’: the trade strategies the UK could pursue after Brexit

One of the stated aims of Brexit is for Britain to forge new trade deals with the rest of the world. Linda Yueh (LSE IDEAS) looks at the strategies the UK could adopt in an effort to become a global trading hub. Retaining and shadowing existing free trade agreements, particularly the FTA with Caribbean nations, is a crucial first […]

The Prime Minister has confirmed that Brexit is a step towards irrelevance

The medieval economy of Plantagenet England depended a great deal upon trade with the Republic of Florence for its vitality. During the 14th and 15th centuries, Italian textiles, dyes, raw materials and garments infused new life into an economy still reeling from the effects of the Black Death. It was auspicious that the Prime Minister should choose Florence as the location for […]

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    Juncker’s State of the Union signals that interest in Brexit is declining across the EU

Juncker’s State of the Union signals that interest in Brexit is declining across the EU

In the last several months, European officials have presented a range of visions for the future of the continent. Iain Begg (LSE European Institute) looks at likely scenarios in the wake of European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s latest State of the Union and contends that interest in Brexit and the Brits is declining across the continent.

Where is Europe headed? After the European Commission’s […]

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    The German election result will slow down the Brexit process

The German election result will slow down the Brexit process

German coalition talks are not likely to produce a new government until January 2018. This will slow down the Brexit process, argues John Ryan (LSE Ideas). He also suggests that Theresa May should not rely on being able to gain support for her demands from Angela Merkel, whose chief political interest will be in keeping the EU-27 together and forming a new government […]

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    Florence speech falls short on the details of a bespoke arrangement with the EU

Florence speech falls short on the details of a bespoke arrangement with the EU

Theresa May stepped in to lead the discussion on what the UK hopes to achieve from its Brexit negotiations with the EU. Swati Dhingra and Josh De Lyon (CEP, LSE) argue that her Florence speech has set the tone for details that are yet to come.

On trade, the PM reiterated that the UK would be outside the Single Market and the Customs Union after Brexit. […]

May in Florence: renaissance or resistance?

After a summer of squabbling by UK Cabinet Ministers and growing exasperation on the EU side, Theresa May’s Florence speech was supposed to clarify what the UK wants from Brexit. But are we any clearer on what sort of arrangement the UK seeks or what it is prepared to concede to obtain it? Probably not, writes Iain Begg (LSE […]

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    Disappointment all round: experts respond to the Florence speech

Disappointment all round: experts respond to the Florence speech

Prime Minister Theresa May has delivered her long-heralded Brexit speech in Florence. Thomas J Leeper (LSE), Tim Oliver (LSE/EUI), Holger Schmieding (Berenberg), Katy Hayward (Queen’s University Belfast) and James Dennison (EUI) analyse what it changes – if anything – about the deadlocked negotiations and the indecision at home about what form Brexit should take.

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While the Prime Minister continues to be vague on most of […]