European politics

How ready is the UK for Brexit?: 9%

Opinions on whether Britain will be ready to exit the EU in 2019 differ. Simeon Djankov introduces the Brexit Readiness Score: updated quarterly, the index would track the negotiations’ progress in ten components, each scored on a scale from 0 (no progress) to 10 (full readiness). Based on the data available so far, he estimates the UK’s current readiness to be at […]

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    Britain risks securitising its future relationship with the EU

Britain risks securitising its future relationship with the EU

On September 22, Theresa May’s speech in Florence ostensibly outlined a way forward on Brexit. Is the £20bn on offer too much, too little or too late? Are promises to protect the rights of EU citizens in the UK real or merely rhetorical? What will happen next – renewed dialogue with Brussels or a bust-up with Boris and other […]

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    Theresa May’s Florence speech and Northern Ireland: subtle change?

Theresa May’s Florence speech and Northern Ireland: subtle change?

Northern Ireland was barely mentioned in Theresa May’s Florence speech. For many commentators, it was an opportunity for the UK government to provide more detail about its plans for the Irish border. Media and academic reactions to the Florence speech were negative. However, as regards Northern Ireland, there were subtle differences in the language used writes Etain Tannam (Trinity College Dublin). 

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    Juncker’s State of the Union signals that interest in Brexit is declining across the EU

Juncker’s State of the Union signals that interest in Brexit is declining across the EU

In the last several months, European officials have presented a range of visions for the future of the continent. Iain Begg (LSE European Institute) looks at likely scenarios in the wake of European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s latest State of the Union and contends that interest in Brexit and the Brits is declining across the continent.

Where is Europe headed? After the European Commission’s […]

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    Juncker, Euroscepticism and the guinea pig: how other Europeans assess the dangers of leaving the EU

Juncker, Euroscepticism and the guinea pig: how other Europeans assess the dangers of leaving the EU

Public support for the EU rose after the referendum, while Jean-Claude Juncker has painted a starry picture of the Union’s prospects without Britain. In effect, writes Catherine E De Vries (University of Essex), the UK is a guinea pig for Eurosceptics on the rest of the continent. Consequently, national leaders have every incentive to make Brexit as arduous as […]

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    The German election result will slow down the Brexit process

The German election result will slow down the Brexit process

German coalition talks are not likely to produce a new government until January 2018. This will slow down the Brexit process, argues John Ryan (LSE Ideas). He also suggests that Theresa May should not rely on being able to gain support for her demands from Angela Merkel, whose chief political interest will be in keeping the EU-27 together and forming a new government […]

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    Disappointment all round: experts respond to the Florence speech

Disappointment all round: experts respond to the Florence speech

Prime Minister Theresa May has delivered her long-heralded Brexit speech in Florence. Thomas J Leeper (LSE), Tim Oliver (LSE/EUI), Holger Schmieding (Berenberg), Katy Hayward (Queen’s University Belfast) and James Dennison (EUI) analyse what it changes – if anything – about the deadlocked negotiations and the indecision at home about what form Brexit should take.

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While the Prime Minister continues to be vague on most of […]

Was that it? May’s speech suggests she is the prisoner of her Cabinet

Theresa May has delivered her long-awaited speech about Brexit in Florence. Was that it, asks Kevin Featherstone (LSE European Institute)? May’s speech reveals just how constrained she is by her warring Cabinet, and will lead to little progress in Brussels.

Listening to Theresa May’s speech in Florence, I was left wondering whether she had planned to say more but was stopped from doing […]

How the EU shapes and hones its identity through the language of its treaties

How does the European Union shape and hone its identity? Odelia Oshri and Shaul Shenhav (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) decipher the ways in which the EU’s discourse on values has changed throughout the 60 years of integration. They show that two values dominated the Union’s treaty texts – ‘democracy’ and ‘market economy’. However, since the 1990s, new values have penetrated the […]

Book Review: The European Union in Crisis

Tim Oliver (LSE Ideas) reviews The European Union in Crisis. He writes that this latest contribution dealing with the multi-dimensional nature of EU’s crisis offers a solid starting point to understanding a Union which over the past few years has been tested as it has never been before.

Politics is so often the routine of dealing with day-to-day emergencies that we […]