In the post-Brexit world, England deserves its own Parliament

When Scotland has a Parliament – and Wales and Northern Ireland their own assemblies – the lack of an English Parliament represents a serious democratic deficit, writes Colin Copus (De Montfort University). Instead, regionalists have preferred to divide England into EU-delineated regions. The absence of a forum for specifically English concerns and national identity, together with the rejection of the supranational EU, arguably helped […]

‘We don’t exist to them, do we?’: why working-class people voted for Brexit

Working-class people were more likely to vote for Brexit. Lisa Mckenzie (Middlesex University) takes issue with the notion that these people were ‘turkeys voting for Christmas’. They saw Brexit, with all the uncertainties it would bring, as an alternative to the status quo. De-industrialisation and austerity has taken a heavy toll on working-class communities – one which the middle-class often fails […]

January 15th, 2018|Culture, Featured|84 Comments|

Keeping freedom of movement is the top Brexit priority for young people

What are young people’s priorities in the Brexit negotiations? In focus groups held around the country, Shakuntala Banaji and Sam Mejias (LSE) found a majority want to keep the right to freedom of movement and maintain trade links with Europe. They also complained about the lack of political education in British schools, which they felt left adults ill-prepared to vote.

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Young people are highly critical of Brexit and fear the insularity it could bring

Most young people did not support Brexit and the referendum result left many feeling frustrated and disempowered, write Shakuntala Banaji  and Sam Mejias (LSE). They fear the vote will make the UK more insular and are highly critical of the way the campaign was conducted. In focus groups, they showed a strong understanding of the EU – and want a […]

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    Immobility and support for Leave: Brexit was partly a reaction to change from the locally rooted

Immobility and support for Leave: Brexit was partly a reaction to change from the locally rooted

Popular explanations of the Brexit vote have centred on the division between cosmopolitan internationalists who voted Remain, and geographically-rooted individuals who voted Leave. Katy Morris, Neil Lee, and Thomas Kemeny (LSE) write that residential immobility also matters. They explain why those living in their county of birth were more likely to support Leave. However, the impact of immobility was […]

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    5 Recommended Readings on European Integration in the Age of Brexit

5 Recommended Readings on European Integration in the Age of Brexit

For the first time, following the UK ‘Brexit’ vote, the European Union could decrease its number of member states. Having grown from 6 to 28 members, enlargement has been the norm in the history of the EU. This phenomenon of countries coming together has been studied by a number of scholars who have put forward different theories as to […]

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    The blue passport is the symbol of all that the UK is giving up

The blue passport is the symbol of all that the UK is giving up

Rejoice! Brexit doesn’t just mean getting our country back from the stranglehold of the EU. Brexit will also mean the return of the tangible symbol of what it means to be British: the blue passport. Eleanor Knott (LSE) writes that blue passports are meaningful outside the EU, too. In Moldova, the blue passport symbolises a world in which Moldovan citizens were unable […]

December 22nd, 2017|By LSE authors, Culture|1 Comment|

Ralf Dahrendorf was both pro-Europe and pro-Britain

As we wait for more clarity on what Brexit will mean, Helmut Anheier (Hertie School of Governance/LSE), reflects on what the Dahrendorf Forum project’s namesake, Ralf Dahrendorf, would have made of the current political climate.

What would Ralf Dahrendorf have to say about the current political developments in Britain, Europe, and the EU? The former LSE Director, social scientist, politician, […]

Et alors? Brexit leaves the French largely indifferent

There is little public debate in France about Brexit. Of course, when Michel Barnier opens a new round of negotiations with David Davis in Brussels, articles appear in the media. But generally, French society and even mainstream politicians are not terribly interested. Many people in France believe Brexit has to happen because it will solve a problem: British governments, […]

When it comes to EU solidarity, do cosmopolitans practise what they preach?

What does it mean to be cosmopolitan – to be the kind of ‘global citizen’ whom Theresa May famously described as ‘citizens of nowhere’? Does it really make people care as much for people in other countries as they do for those of the same nationality, or do cosmopolitans pay only lip service to EU solidarity? A study by […]