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 […]

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    De-industrialisation rather than globalisation is the key part of the Brexit story

De-industrialisation rather than globalisation is the key part of the Brexit story

In seeking to understand the economic basis of the Brexit vote, we should concentrate not on globalisation but on the long-term impact of de-industrialisation. That is the central message of economic historian Professor Jim Tomlinson, in an analysis presented at the Economic History Society’s 2017 annual conference.

The evidence is certainly strong that economic disadvantage played a significant part in the […]

April 28th, 2017|Culture, Featured|1 Comment|

Labour has picked a side on Brexit – and it’s the right one

Labour sought to clarify its position on Brexit this week, and has opted for a soft stance. Ben Marguelies argues that the party is right to follow the instincts of its 2015 voters, less than a fifth of whom seem to favour a hard Brexit of the type the government is pursuing. The best shot Labour has for the future is […]

Holding Brexiteers to account

The UK first dismissed the European Community, but later spent 12 years desperate to join it, writes Adrian Williamson. He argues that holding Brexiteers to account can be done by looking at economic history.

The House of Commons has voted overwhelmingly to trigger Article 50, on the explicit basis that this process will be irrevocable and that, at the end […]

April 20th, 2017|Culture, Featured|0 Comments|

‘What have I done to deserve this?’ The aftershocks of Brexit for London’s EU migrants

For many young Europeans living and working in London, Brexit came as a huge surprise. Interviewing EU migrants before and after the referendum, Russell King discusses the ‘affect’ experienced by a generation that grew up with the promise of free movement of people in Europe and of better lives and careers in ‘Euro-city’ London. And in the aftershocks, European migrant hierarchies are being […]

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    More British than European: Scots could reject independence once more

More British than European: Scots could reject independence once more

Scotland’s continued membership of and access to the EU is at the forefront of a possible second independence referendum. Together with the political and economic arguments that are often debated, the question of national identity is also worth considering, write Charles Pattie and Ron Johnston. They explain why a majority of Scots could reject independence once more.

When the UK […]

Absent from the start: Britain’s leery relationship with the EU

Britain has always been leery of European integration, only seeking to join the EEC when the economic advantages became clear – and then thwarted twice by Charles de Gaulle. As a result, the UK was absent when the founding principles and practices of the Community were drawn up, and absent during the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the […]

Charities must have a voice in Brexit – for the sake of the disaffected people they help

Brexit is causing consternation among charities and the rest of the voluntary sector. But it is happening – and, argues Stuart Etherington, they must step up and ensure they, and the marginalised people they help, have a say in government policy. Many social care workers are EU citizens and their rights must be guaranteed. Brexit will take away some sources […]