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    Brexit has diminished the resonance of English identity politics

Brexit has diminished the resonance of English identity politics

Throughout the referendum on EU membership, the notion that English nationalism had become a driving force behind the eventual ‘Leave’ vote gained credence. However, Andrew Mycock argues that both in the referendum, and more immediately this General Election campaign, the resonance of England as a national political entity has proven in fact to be somewhat limited. 
The proposition that England has emerged […]

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    British newspapers and the EU: was it always about sovereignty and crooked bananas?

British newspapers and the EU: was it always about sovereignty and crooked bananas?

Fifty-five years ago, British newspapers jubilantly celebrated the country’s first application to join the European Community. Today, they brand all opponents of Brexit as ‘saboteurs’. This change of heart can tell us a lot about the wider historical dynamics behind Britain’s decision to leave the EU. Mathias Haeussler explains.

British tabloids’ portrayals of Europe have always been deeply conditioned by their […]

British voters prefer EU to non-EU migrants

Despite the argument that Brexit was about sovereignty and only secondarily about immigration, new data suggest otherwise. Simon Hix, Eric Kaufmann, and Thomas J. Leeper show the importance of reducing immigration levels – especially from outside the EU – to British voters.

Brexit leaders such as Boris Johnson have maintained a narrative that sovereignty, not immigration, was the key motivation […]

The view from East Anglia: Brexit messages to Theresa May

What do the public in East Anglia, where both Leave (in rural Lincolnshire) and Remain (in Cambridge) polled strongly, want from Brexit? Catherine Barnard (left) and Amy Ludlow held public engagement events in school halls, community centres, prisons and market squares in parts of Lincolnshire, Norfolk, and Cambridgeshire in early 2017. They found a striking degree of moderate consensus: a desire […]

What will President Macron mean for UK universities?

Emmanuel Macron’s victory in the French presidential election will have a significant impact on European politics across a wide number of policy areas. Anne Corbett assesses what Macron’s presidency could mean for higher education in the UK and for bilateral relations between the UK and France.

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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, […]