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    From Brexit to European Renewal: the fracture of the social contract underlies the current turmoil

From Brexit to European Renewal: the fracture of the social contract underlies the current turmoil

The European Commission’s 2017 White Paper on reform of the EU focussed on completion of the single market and firmer governance of the Euro.  However, it wholly ignored inequality and social justice.  Yet this is the ‘hot politics’ of European progress: the fracture of the ‘social contract’ between political leaders and the population at large.  If ignored, it risks […]

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    The European ideal has sunk to the bottom of the Mediterranean with the migrants it rejects

The European ideal has sunk to the bottom of the Mediterranean with the migrants it rejects

The EU prizes the freedom of movement its citizens enjoy. Yet this depends on securing ‘Fortress Europe’ against non-Europeans – including the thousands who drown trying to cross the Mediterranean. Claire Sutherland asks how the Union can tolerate squalid migrant camps that are, in the words of its own migration commissioner, ‘an insult to our values and civilisation’.

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    EU citizens in the UK: after the shock comes the strategy to secure status

EU citizens in the UK: after the shock comes the strategy to secure status

After the initial shock and disappointment of the Brexit Referendum result in June 2016, EU citizens in the UK faced a difficult dilemma. Louise Ryan writes that quite early on many began to devise strategies to secure their status in a post-Brexit Britain, including acquiring Permanent Residency and even British Citizenship. 

After the Brexit vote, many EU citizens felt rejected and unwanted and […]

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    From losing an empire to leaving Europe: Brexit and the British public’s relations with the EEC

From losing an empire to leaving Europe: Brexit and the British public’s relations with the EEC

The UK public’s attitudes to the European Economic Community were vastly more positive than it has been recently claimed. David Thackeray writes that this period, between losing an empire and leaving Europe, is integral to understand why Brexit happened and what awaits in the future for the UK.

On referendum day in June last year, the 52-year old Nigel Farage expressed his […]

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    Will they stay or must they go? The children of EU migrants face an uncertain future

Will they stay or must they go? The children of EU migrants face an uncertain future

Many of the EU citizens living in Britain are under 18. They go to school here and often envisage a future in the UK. But it remains unclear whether they will be able to stay after Brexit. Will they take their skills elsewhere? How would they judge a country that rejects them? Sara Young, who is researching the experiences of Polish-born adolescents, […]

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    Brexit is not only an expression of nostalgia for empire, it is also the fruit of empire

Brexit is not only an expression of nostalgia for empire, it is also the fruit of empire

In her novel Beloved, through its examination of America’s violent and brutal history of chattel slavery, Toni Morrison warns against the forgetting of painful pasts. If a society is to ‘come to terms with its own raced history’, painful memories must be ‘“re-membered”… [or] they will haunt the social imagination and disrupt the present’. Catherine Hall, writing almost 20 […]

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    Listen to Matthew Goodwin, Simona Guerra, James Ball & Marta Lorimer discuss why Leave won

Listen to Matthew Goodwin, Simona Guerra, James Ball & Marta Lorimer discuss why Leave won

On 27 April, Matthew Goodwin (left) introduced his new book, Brexit: Why Britain Voted to Leave the European Union at the LSE’s Wolfson Theatre. Joining the discussion about what drove the Leave vote, Euroscepticism in France and the implications for the general election were Simona Guerra of the University of Leicester, BuzzFeed’s James Ball and Marta Lorimer from the […]

Why Britain voted to Leave (and what Boris Johnson had to do with it)

Some Leavers claim the referendum result was not primarily about immigration, but anxiety about Britain’s perceived loss of sovereignty to the EU. In their new book, Harold D. Clarke, Matthew Goodwin (left) and Paul Whiteley draw on data about more than 150,000 voters to analyse the factors and concerns that led people to vote Leave. The mix of calculations, emotions and cues […]

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    Book Review: Why the UK Voted for Brexit: David Cameron’s Great Miscalculation

Book Review: Why the UK Voted for Brexit: David Cameron’s Great Miscalculation

In Why the UK Voted for Brexit: David Cameron’s Great Miscalculation, Andrew Glencross offers an analysis of ‘Brexit’: the UK referendum vote on 23 June 2016 to leave the European Union. While the pace of developments since the book’s publication make some of its observations inevitably prematurely obsolete, this remains an important and historically sensitive account of this momentous event in the […]

‘Legsit’ is no joke. It’s symptomatic of a reactionary Brexit political culture

The Daily Mail’s ‘Legsit’ headline was defended as ‘only a joke’. Not so, writes Roberta Guerrina: it is symptomatic of a political environment in which women politicians are forced to prove their femininity and forces opposed to progressive politics – like the Mail – are newly emboldened. The Great Repeal Bill gives government the chance to roll back EU […]