Exit negotiations

Brexit ‘ultras’ are undermining the integrity of the Civil Service. The consequences could be grave

A pro-Brexit minister and MPs have accused the Civil Service of pursuing a ‘Remain’ agenda. Steve Bullock, a former civil servant, argues that the consequences of undermining civil servants in this way are potentially disastrous. By encouraging distrust in the impartiality of the Service – which has no right of reply – they increase the chances of sliding towards a system like that […]

Continental Breakfast 6: Is Switzerland a model for the UK-EU relationship?

The Swiss ambassador to the UK joined experts in the field at the LSE on 6 December to discuss the pros and cons of the Swiss model as a frame for Britain’s future relationship with the EU. Diane Bolet (LSE) reports on the key points of the discussion, which was held under Chatham House rules. The Swiss model is […]

Britain can make a great success of (a clean) Brexit

How will Britain fare outside the European Union? Can Britain and the EU maintain good relations, despite testy Brexit talks? In “Clean Brexit” Liam Halligan and Gerard Lyons offer a vision of how Britain could make a great success of Brexit. If the negotiations go well, the UK could become an inspiration for voters elsewhere in Europe who have long demanded […]

What precisely does ‘Canada +++’ mean?

The Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, David Davis, has described his plans for a future trading arrangement with the EU as ‘Canada plus plus plus’. But what precisely does this expression mean, if anything, and what are the trade and political implications? Andrew Blick (KCL and the Federal Trust) explains.

The process of UK departure from the EU has begun […]

Keeping freedom of movement is the top Brexit priority for young people

What are young people’s priorities in the Brexit negotiations? In focus groups held around the country, Shakuntala Banaji and Sam Mejias (LSE) found a majority want to keep the right to freedom of movement and maintain trade links with Europe. They also complained about the lack of political education in British schools, which they felt left adults ill-prepared to vote.

Young people in our focus […]

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    Brexit is a blank sheet of paper that can never be filled in

Brexit is a blank sheet of paper that can never be filled in

The frenzied negotiations to conclude the first phase of Brexit negotiations have usefully clarified the real choices faced by the British government in the second phase. The ambiguous and variously defined terms “soft” and “hard” Brexit have outlived their usefulness. As it turns out, Brexit is a blank sheet of paper that can never be filled in, writes Brendan […]

Brexit readiness score update: UK gets 22 out of 100

In the past three months, the possibility of an orderly Brexit has increased markedly, writes Simeon Djankov (LSE). He now estimates the Brexit readiness score at 22 out of 100.

In the past three months, the possibility of an orderly Brexit has increased markedly. In particular, the European Union and the United Kingdom have negotiated a transition period lasting two years. […]

Now is the moment of truth: Britain must set out a realistic Brexit negotiating position

Britain’s current negotiating position with the EU is contradictory and unrealistic. It must set out a feasible plan in the early weeks of 2018 if it wants to avoid inflicting further economic damage on itself, writes Joaquín Almunia (LSE European Institute). There is no more time to waste.

Now the European Council has given permission for the second phase of Brexit negotiations to proceed, the […]

A deal – any deal – is clearly better than no deal

Now we know: a deal – any deal – is clearly better than no deal. After a frantic overnight scramble to agree the wording and the Prime Minister’s dramatic early hours’ flight to Brussels, the EU’s leaders are now willing to draw a line under phase one of the Brexit negotiations. Below, Iain Begg (LSE) explains the deal that has been […]

The DUP scuppered a Brexit deal for all the wrong reasons

Why did the DUP veto the proposed border arrangements for Northern Ireland? It was not because of pragmatic considerations, writes Anthony Costello (University College Cork), but through the simple desire to reassert unionism – even at the cost of a hard and damaging Brexit. Only if Northern Ireland can negotiate a new power-sharing deal will it be possible to […]