Exit negotiations

Ground control to Theresa May – have we lost the signal?

Brexit means that Britain will lose access to two vital EU satellite programmes. They deliver key communications technologies to power Theresa May’s vision for a 4th industrial revolution. The loss of British participation in Galileo and Copernicus will undoubtedly affect British industry, including the satellite and communications sector, whose engineers have been leaders in the field for many years. It’s a failure […]

Britain’s best Brexit bet is the Jersey option

The UK government spent last year urging the EU27 to start discussing their post-Brexit trading relationship. But now that the negotiations are finally due to move on to trade, ministers cannot decide what they want. Philippe Legrain (LSE) argues that the Jersey option would give Britain a degree of regulatory freedom while minimising the disruption to trade with the […]

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    The UK needs to clarify what ‘full regulatory alignment’ means before the next phase of the Brexit talks

The UK needs to clarify what ‘full regulatory alignment’ means before the next phase of the Brexit talks

In December, EU leaders agreed to move to the next stage of the Brexit talks, but there is still a degree of uncertainty over the issue of the Irish border. Anthony Costello argues that among the most pressing concerns is the need to define the UK’s commitment to have ‘regulatory alignment’ with the EU following Brexit. It is still […]

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    Prolonging the acquis is a blueprint for the Brexit transition

Prolonging the acquis is a blueprint for the Brexit transition

In a report published in late 2017, Piet Eeckhout and Oliver Patel assess the options for a Brexit transitional arrangement. They argue that the most realistic option is for the full body of EU law to continue to apply in the UK, while the UK simultaneously ceases to be an EU member state. Their insights serve as a good explanation of the recent row […]

A Canadian perspective on CETA +++: those pluses will come with minuses

What’s the difference between CETA, the agreement between Canada and the EU, and the CETA +++ that some Brexiters believe they can obtain? Kurt Hübner (University of British Columbia) gives a Canadian perspective on the merits of CETA and explains what else Britain would be seeking from the EU. The UK, he concludes, will only get what it wants through compromise.

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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.

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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 […]