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Britain’s farmers get £3bn a year from the inefficient CAP. That has to change

The Common Agricultural Policy is inefficient, and much of British food production is uncompetitive in the absence of tariffs. And free trade deals of the kind the UK plans to pursue outside the Single Market will hurt farmers even more than the loss of subsidies. Dieter Helm says Brexit is a chance to stop subsidising large landowners and spend […]

The interregnum: 11 years without free movement from 1962 to 1973

There was a short period of just 11 years between 1962 and 1973 when free movement of people did not apply in the UK. Other than during that time, businesses and public services have had easy access to workers from other countries, writes Colin Yeo. Following Brexit, the UK will be embarking on a similar period. If the full […]

What will President Macron mean for UK universities?

Emmanuel Macron’s victory in the French presidential election will have a significant impact on European politics across a wide number of policy areas. Anne Corbett assesses what Macron’s presidency could mean for higher education in the UK and for bilateral relations between the UK and France.

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    From Brexit to European Renewal: the fracture of the social contract underlies the current turmoil

From Brexit to European Renewal: the fracture of the social contract underlies the current turmoil

The European Commission’s 2017 White Paper on reform of the EU focussed on completion of the single market and firmer governance of the Euro.  However, it wholly ignored inequality and social justice.  Yet this is the ‘hot politics’ of European progress: the fracture of the ‘social contract’ between political leaders and the population at large.  If ignored, it risks […]

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    The European ideal has sunk to the bottom of the Mediterranean with the migrants it rejects

The European ideal has sunk to the bottom of the Mediterranean with the migrants it rejects

The EU prizes the freedom of movement its citizens enjoy. Yet this depends on securing ‘Fortress Europe’ against non-Europeans – including the thousands who drown trying to cross the Mediterranean. Claire Sutherland asks how the Union can tolerate squalid migrant camps that are, in the words of its own migration commissioner, ‘an insult to our values and civilisation’.

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The City plans for a tough Brexit divorce

The upcoming exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union risks further weakening an economy already hampered by low interest rates and raises questions concerning the ongoing profitability of the British financial sector. Nader Haddad writes that Brexit will not only impact goods trading inside the EU, but it will have a direct impact on financial markets, especially the City of […]

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    Global trade can’t replace the value of the EU Single Market for the UK

Global trade can’t replace the value of the EU Single Market for the UK

New trade deals for the UK will be an important part of the Brexit negotiations, not only with the EU but also with the rest of the world. But Steven Brakman, Harry Garretsen and Tristan Kohl argue that the UK has no trade-enhancing alternative to an agreement with the EU that essentially mimics its current situation as an EU […]

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    EU citizens in the UK: after the shock comes the strategy to secure status

EU citizens in the UK: after the shock comes the strategy to secure status

After the initial shock and disappointment of the Brexit Referendum result in June 2016, EU citizens in the UK faced a difficult dilemma. Louise Ryan writes that quite early on many began to devise strategies to secure their status in a post-Brexit Britain, including acquiring Permanent Residency and even British Citizenship. 

After the Brexit vote, many EU citizens felt rejected and unwanted and […]

The Conservatives’ 100k net migration target is an act of self-harm

The Conservative manifesto reaffirmed a commitment to cut net migration to less than 100,000 a year. Employers will have to pay a £2,000 levy to hire a skilled worker from abroad, and an end to freedom of movement from the EU will ultimately make it difficult to recruit skilled and unskilled labour from any other country. The target is […]

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    From losing an empire to leaving Europe: Brexit and the British public’s relations with the EEC

From losing an empire to leaving Europe: Brexit and the British public’s relations with the EEC

The UK public’s attitudes to the European Economic Community were vastly more positive than it has been recently claimed. David Thackeray writes that this period, between losing an empire and leaving Europe, is integral to understand why Brexit happened and what awaits in the future for the UK.

On referendum day in June last year, the 52-year old Nigel Farage expressed his […]