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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 […]

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 […]

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    For many individuals, the prospect of Brexit has caused genuine suffering

For many individuals, the prospect of Brexit has caused genuine suffering

The experience of Brexit appears to be one of real individual anxiety and pain set against a prospective, and increasingly unlikely, collective gain. Henry Radice, from the Department of International Development, writes that this is the case for both non-British EU citizens resident in the UK, and the many British EU citizens who cherish and benefit from that extra layer of democratic […]

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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    Will Brexit be another Black Wednesday for the Conservatives? Lessons from the ERM crisis

Will Brexit be another Black Wednesday for the Conservatives? Lessons from the ERM crisis

In light of the 25th anniversary of Britain’s exit from the European Exchange Rate Mechanism, Jane Green and Will Jennings reflect on the damage done to the Conservatives as a result, and the lessons it could hold for the possible impacts of Brexit. They draw on their latest book to explain how the Conservatives’ policy competence over time corresponds […]

Has Brexit made the UK less attractive to high-skilled EU migrants? New evidence

Several UK employers and business representatives have expressed concern that Brexit could damage the country’s ability to attract skilled workers from the rest of the EU. Matthias Busse (left) and Mikkel Barslund (Centre for European Policy Studies) use LinkedIn data to examine whether these concerns are justified. They find support for the view that Brexit has reduced the attractiveness of the UK for recent high-skilled […]

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    Legatum Institute’s ‘solution’ for the Brexit border is highly problematic

Legatum Institute’s ‘solution’ for the Brexit border is highly problematic

Legatum Institute’s ideas regarding the post-Brexit Irish border are highly problematic. Katy Hayward (Queen’s University Belfast) and Maurice Campbell (Queen’s University Belfast) write that these proposals are based on misperceptions of the border, Northern Ireland, as well as the fundamentals of European integration, international trade law and customs practice.

The paper from the Legatum Institute’s ‘Special Trade Commission’ on what it terms ‘the Irish border issue’ is to […]

September 18th, 2017|Featured, Foreign policy|14 Comments|
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    ‘The brightest and best’, us – and the rest: desirable and undesirable migration in EU referendum leaflets

‘The brightest and best’, us – and the rest: desirable and undesirable migration in EU referendum leaflets

How did the leaflets circulated before the EU referendum talk about migrants? Alexandra Bulat (UCL SSEES) examines the LSE’s collection and finds – on both sides – a distinction between ‘desirable’ and ‘undesirable’ migrants, whether from within or outside the EU. At no point were the views of the migrants themselves heard.

Researchers agree that immigration, alongside economics, were the […]

September 15th, 2017|Campaigns, Featured, Migration|0 Comments|
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    Brexit threatens UK-Latin America cooperation in higher education, but both sides can help to ensure it continues

Brexit threatens UK-Latin America cooperation in higher education, but both sides can help to ensure it continues

Current and past bilateral initiatives show that the UK’s exit from the European Union is not only a threat, but also as an opportunity, writes Valesca Lima (Dublin City University).

European integration has contributed to worldwide development both by driving trade with the European single market and through funding research cooperation. But the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the EU raises important economic […]

September 15th, 2017|Featured, Foreign policy|0 Comments|