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In the post-Brexit world, England deserves its own Parliament

When Scotland has a Parliament – and Wales and Northern Ireland their own assemblies – the lack of an English Parliament represents a serious democratic deficit, writes Colin Copus (De Montfort University). Instead, regionalists have preferred to divide England into EU-delineated regions. The absence of a forum for specifically English concerns and national identity, together with the rejection of the supranational EU, arguably helped […]

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 […]

Does Scotland really want to stay in the single market without a say in the rules?

The Scottish government has made a strong case for staying in the single market and the customs union, writes Kirsty Hughes (Scottish Centre on European Relations). It contrasts with the lack of detail from either the UK government or the Opposition – though glosses over the democratic implications of leaving the UK with no say in the running of […]

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    What will Brexit mean for the government’s immigration agencies?

What will Brexit mean for the government’s immigration agencies?

After the conclusion of the first phase of Brexit talks, the focus has now moved to the transition deal likely to take effect from 2019. But the impact of leaving the EU on Whitehall’s immigration agencies will be permanent, says Matt Bevington (UK in a Changing Europe).

While negotiations in Brussels move slowly forward into the second phase, officials in […]

January 17th, 2018|Featured, UK politics|0 Comments|
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    Economic inequalities in Britain – from the 2008 Financial Crisis to Brexit

Economic inequalities in Britain – from the 2008 Financial Crisis to Brexit

Nicholas Sowels provides an up-to-date account of inequalities in the UK since the financial crisis and explains how the current trends compare internationally, as well as among different social and age groups. Income growth in the UK has been weak since the financial crisis. It is a trend which seems likely to continue through to the early 2020s. But in […]

January 16th, 2018|Featured, UK politics|0 Comments|

‘We don’t exist to them, do we?’: why working-class people voted for Brexit

Working-class people were more likely to vote for Brexit. Lisa Mckenzie (Middlesex University) takes issue with the notion that these people were ‘turkeys voting for Christmas’. They saw Brexit, with all the uncertainties it would bring, as an alternative to the status quo. De-industrialisation and austerity has taken a heavy toll on working-class communities – one which the middle-class often fails […]

January 15th, 2018|Culture, Featured|44 Comments|

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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    The usual underdogs of lobbying were the surprising winners of the Brexit vote debate

The usual underdogs of lobbying were the surprising winners of the Brexit vote debate

Although a lot has been written about the role of politicians, government officials and academics, there seems to be a vacuum when it comes to the role and influence of lobbying groups in the Brexit vote. It looked as though almost every sector with a stake in the UK’s future relationship with the European Union was rallying and trying to persuade […]

January 12th, 2018|Campaigns, Featured|0 Comments|

Is the European Parliament missing an opportunity to reform after Brexit?

While Brexit negotiations are beginning to progress, the European Parliament is preparing to vote on the possible reallocation of seats following the UK’s departure. With many of the current proposals reflecting Member States’ concerns about losing seats, Robert Kalcik, Nicolas Moes and Guntram B Woolf (Bruegel) advocate for options that could better achieve equality of representation even within the […]