European politics

Watch: Hagemann on what Brexit means for EU institutions

The UK has played a very important role as a progressive and liberal voice in EU policy-making. After its departure EU institutions will change quite drastically in the next couple of years, argues Sara Hagemann, Associate Professor in European Politics at the LSE European Institute.

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First Brexit, then Czexit? Unlikely – Czech attitudes to Europe are very different

The president and prime minister of the Czech Republic are both Eurosceptics, and there has been speculation that the country might follow the UK out of the EU. But, argues Benjamin Whitlock (University of Aberdeen), this overlooks a long history of cultivating a ‘European’ Czech identity, in which the country and its predecessors are placed firmly in a European intellectual […]

A hard Brexit will see criminals taking back control

How will Brexit affect British security? A hard Brexit would see both the UK and its European partners lose access to much-needed information, but even a soft Brexit will come at a price. Gijs de Vries (LSE) explains.  

What’s the price for Brexit? Whatever it takes, as Brexiteers would have it? A hard Brexit would see Britain crash out of […]

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    What the 2015 Greek debt negotiations tell us about Germany’s negotiating stance on Brexit

What the 2015 Greek debt negotiations tell us about Germany’s negotiating stance on Brexit

If the UK wants to secure favourable terms during the Brexit negotiations, it will be crucial to win the support of Germany. But what are the key German priorities as the talks move on to the second phase? Luuk Molthof (d|part) writes that the 2015 Greek debt negotiations offer some insights into the German entrance, and that the UK is likely […]

The EU’s current problems are largely of its own making

European integration used to be a jewel in the liberal crown. Integration was not only seen as a quintessential liberal project, but also as a tool for spreading liberal values in Europe and beyond. How can we explain the dramatic decline in support for the Union? In an extract from his new book, Counter-Revolution, Jan Zielonka (University of Oxford) […]

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    The UK government is shedding some of its illusions about Brexit, and softening its position

The UK government is shedding some of its illusions about Brexit, and softening its position

Step by step, the UK government is shedding some of its illusions about Brexit, argues Holger Schmieding (Berenberg). The United Kingdom has already accepted that it will have to meet the legally binding financial commitments it incurred while it was a member of the European Union (the so-called Brexit bill) and is going along with the EU’s timetable for negotiations […]

Was Boris Johnson justified in using John Stuart Mill to make the case for Brexit?

Boris Johnson invoked John Stuart Mill in a recent speech, arguing that Mill’s thinking about the importance of the nation state underpinned the case for Brexit. Corrado Morricone considers whether Mill’s work can indeed be used to support leaving the EU.

In his Brexit speech on 14 February, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson made the case for a ‘spiritually British, European and global Britain’ after […]

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    The Irish border issue is not going away, no matter how much the UK government may wish it away

The Irish border issue is not going away, no matter how much the UK government may wish it away

The European Commission’s Draft Legal Text on UK Withdrawal from the EU has kept closely to the European Commission-UK’s Joint Statement of December 8th. There are, however, some differences which signal the EU’s growing impatience with the Brexit negotiations, observes Etain Tannam (Trinity College Dublin). Some of these differences could become bargaining chips to facilitate agreement with the DUP. Ultimately, […]

Walking away from the Good Friday Agreement may look easy. Picking up the pieces will take decades

Britain cannot leave the Single Market and customs union without destabilising the Good Friday Agreement. Duncan Morrow (University of Ulster) explains why Brexiters have identified the Agreement as the biggest single obstacle to their vision. Walking away from the Good Friday Agreement may look easy. Picking up the pieces could last a lifetime.

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    There can be no “ideal” Brexit agreement, Swedish expert agency warns

There can be no “ideal” Brexit agreement, Swedish expert agency warns

From where the Swedes are looking there is no perfect Brexit agreement, writes Anna Stellinger (NBT). She lays out the priorities that the National Board of Trade (a Swedish expert agency) suggest for the upcoming negotiations, which are largely about mitigating its negative effects of Brexit rather than any potential benefits.

Sweden has all the reasons in the world to be worried about Brexit. […]