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    Understanding the Brexit vote: the interplay between economic internationalisation and cultural openness

Understanding the Brexit vote: the interplay between economic internationalisation and cultural openness

The Leave vote prevailed in regions where local workers do not interact much with foreign cultures – yet some of these places rely on jobs created by foreign firms. If internationalisation in the workplace does not match internationalisation ‘at home’, pressure on local workers to opt out from further economic integration increases, write Riccardo Crescenzi (LSE) (left), Marco Di Cataldo (LSE), and Alessandra […]

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    Despite fearing what Brexit may bring, UK Poles are here to stay

Despite fearing what Brexit may bring, UK Poles are here to stay

Despite fears related to the increase in hate crime numbers following the EU referendum, and the uncertainty around their future residency status, immigrants from Poland will not abandon their established lives in the UK as willingly as Brexit supporters might like. Aga Kulesa (Warsaw School of Economics) discusses narratives of belonging among Polish immigrants in the UK.

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Brexit has blown open the unreconciled divisions in Northern Ireland

The British and Irish governments have long tried to keep a lid on the tensions in Northern Ireland. But Brexit, argues Duncan Morrow (Ulster University) has exposed the weaknesses of the Good Friday and St Andrew’s Agreements – deals that never required each side to give up their aims of ruling Northern Ireland alone. Now these unreconciled political narratives […]

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    A happy Brexit? We should rather brace ourselves for a dramatic change in our democratic freedom – for the worse

A happy Brexit? We should rather brace ourselves for a dramatic change in our democratic freedom – for the worse

As the Conservative MP and prospective scholar Chris Heaton-Harris reminds us, it is important when reflecting on Brexit within the academy to identify the potentially positive as well as the negative aspects of leaving the EU. Conor Gearty (LSE) scrutinises this notion of a happy Brexit, and outlines multiple areas in which the EU Withdrawal Bill will constitute a large transfer of power to the […]

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    What makes Britain ‘Great’? The end of the postwar consensus of liberal internationalism

What makes Britain ‘Great’? The end of the postwar consensus of liberal internationalism

The Leave and Remain campaigns defined British ‘greatness’ in very different ways. The referendum reflects more than attitudes toward EU membership — it  marks a new understanding of Britain’s role in the world, argues Benjamin Martill (LSE). The end of the postwar consensus of liberal internationalism has important implications and needs to be taken seriously.

The ‘Great’ in Great Britain is a geographical […]

Social capital and belonging: the ‘citizens of somewhere’ are more likely to be pro-EU

A notional divide between ‘anywheres’, ‘nowheres’ and ‘somewheres’ has emerged since the EU referendum. Paula Surridge, Siobhan McAndrew and Neema Begum (University of Bristol) explored attitudes towards the EU in the context of social identities, social capital and neighbourhood belonging. Counterintuitively, they  found that people with a stronger attachment to their locality tended to be more pro-EU.

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November 13th, 2017|Culture, Featured|0 Comments|

Why are the white working classes still being held responsible for Brexit and Trump?

Why do we persist in holding the ‘white working class’ accountable for Brexit and Donald Trump’s win, when the evidence suggests it was the backing of the white middle classes that secured them? Gurminder K Bhambra (University of Sussex) argues that a pervasive ‘methodological whiteness’ has distorted social scientific accounts of both these elections. It has enabled commentators to offer economic disadvantage as an […]

November 10th, 2017|Culture, Featured|10 Comments|

What young Britons really think about Brexit and their prospects outside the EU

In the immediate aftermath of the EU referendum, much was made of how devastated young people were by the result. A survey by Lord Ashcroft suggested that over 70% of young people aged 18-24 voted Remain, while almost 60% of over 55s voted to Leave. In her ongoing research, Avril Keating (UCL) found that this view is too simplistic: in practice, young people’s […]

The Mail’s ‘Brexit bias’ witch-hunt is wrong, but raises uncomfortable home truths

Chris Heaton-Harris MP was wrong to ask vice-chancellors for details of their Brexit teaching, and the subsequent Daily Mail witch-hunt against Remainers is contemptible. But, Lee Jones argues, the imbroglio does highlight some serious problems within academia and its relationship to wider society.

As one of the small handful of openly pro-Brexit academics, I was quoted in all of the […]

October 30th, 2017|Culture, Featured|14 Comments|

What I teach about Brexit to my (so far distinctly Eurosceptical) students

The MP Chris Heaton-Harris has asked vice-chancellors to disclose the names of academics teaching about the EU, and the content of their courses. Oliver Daddow (University of Nottingham) explains what students on his new Brexit: Foreign Policy and the Withdrawal from Europe course are studying. Many are indignant at the suggestion they would soak up ‘Remain propaganda’ and most currently think Britain should not […]