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Red lines and compromises: how flexible is public opinion about Brexit negotiations?

The heated nature of the public discourse around Brexit suggests that the British public are not in a compromising mood, but is there evidence to back this up? Lindsay Richards and Anthony Heath (Nuffield College, Oxford) set out to discover what people think about the various aspects of the EU negotiations. Where are people more willing to compromise and what do […]

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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 […]

May in Florence: renaissance or resistance?

After a summer of squabbling by UK Cabinet Ministers and growing exasperation on the EU side, Theresa May’s Florence speech was supposed to clarify what the UK wants from Brexit. But are we any clearer on what sort of arrangement the UK seeks or what it is prepared to concede to obtain it? Probably not, writes Iain Begg (LSE […]

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 […]

The language of nationalism: what to make of the leaked immigration plans

What should we make of the leaked document on EU immigration post-Brexit? Taking a much harder line than the official negotiating stance, it set out a vision in which EU migrants lose their rights as individuals and are admitted only if they serve the collective needs of the UK. This is a dangerously nationalistic stance, says Georgiana Turculet (Central […]

It’s all relatives: the trouble with post-Brexit family reunification plans

Who is a family member? This question is at the heart of the ambiguities surrounding the UK’s offer to EU citizens post-Brexit, writes Katya Ivanova (LSE). The proposal seeks to align the rules governing family unification for EU citizens with those currently applied to non-EU citizens. It also seeks to bring EU citizens under the control of the UK legal […]

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    The Citizens’ Assembly on Brexit: reflections on the first weekend

The Citizens’ Assembly on Brexit: reflections on the first weekend

The Citizens’ Assembly on Brexit – a gathering of randomly-selected people who will learn about the options for the form Brexit should take – has just begun its work. The project’s director Alan Renwick (UCL Constitution Unit) offers some initial, personal reflections on a highly successful first weekend.

 

The Citizens’ Assembly on Brexit has just completed its first weekend of deliberations. As an earlier post explained, […]

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    Generation Brexit: a chance for Millennials to have their say on Brexit

Generation Brexit: a chance for Millennials to have their say on Brexit

The London School of Economics (LSE) has launched an exciting initiative which seeks to discover what young adults aged 16–35 want from Brexit. Apart from English, it is now available in French, German, Italian, Spanish, Polish, and Greek.  The Generation Brexit project is gathering young people’s attitudes towards Brexit, in order to ensure their proper representation in the process. […]

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    Is Labour’s new Brexit stance a step in the right direction?

Is Labour’s new Brexit stance a step in the right direction?

The recent article by Keir Starmer, Labour spokesman on Brexit, setting out the Party’s commitment to continued British membership of the EU single market and the customs union for a transitional period post-Brexit is a welcome and significant development in the European debate. Brendan Donnelly (Federal Trust) argues that Labour is making a move it in the right direction, but concerns about Labour’s […]

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    UK expertise on health security could be a strong card in the Brexit negotiations – but few seem to realise it

UK expertise on health security could be a strong card in the Brexit negotiations – but few seem to realise it

Little public attention has been given to the impact of Brexit on management of cross-border threats within the EU and to the implications for the UK’s influence on relevant EU policy-making, explains John Connolly. He concludes that although this hasn’t been a matter for the negotiations so far, it will be good for it to be raised before […]