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    Notes on compromise: joining the EEA is not the same as staying in the EU

Notes on compromise: joining the EEA is not the same as staying in the EU

On behalf of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon has urged that the UK leave the EU but remain within the Customs Union. It should seek also to join the European Economic Area on the same terms as Norway and Iceland enjoy. Many others have defended the same proposal. On a free vote, it would probably command a majority in the House […]

The people’s vote is not the answer to the Brexit riddle

Momentum seems to be building for a people’s vote on Brexit. Phil Syrpis (University of Bristol) argues that it will not provide the answer to Brexit – whether or not the government secures a deal with the EU. Rather, he argues that the calls for a people’s vote are distracting campaigners from making the case for the outcomes they really want.
Numerous people […]

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    How will Brexit shape conflict resolution between the UK and other European countries?

How will Brexit shape conflict resolution between the UK and other European countries?

How will Brexit shape conflict resolution within and between EU member states? In this post, Johannes Karreth (Ursinus College) observes that Brexit may pose a challenge not only to peace in Ireland but also for disputes between the UK and other European countries, such as the recent Franco-British “scallop war”, that the EU has helped to keep at bay. […]

Northern Ireland faces rebordering after Brexit

For practical purposes, the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland no longer exists. Brexit will change that. Cathal McCall (Queen’s University Belfast) explores what this ‘rebordering’ will mean and asks whether Northern Ireland should not be left out of Brexit – despite the DUP’s opposition.

In the superb travelogue Border: A Journey to the Edge of Europe Kapka Kassabova ruminates on […]

September 17th, 2018|Culture, Featured|4 Comments|

Brexit is re-making the UK’s constitution under our noses

New Brexit-based rules are likely to impact on devolution. There is serious danger that is re-making the UK’s constitution under our noses, writes Daniel Wincott (Cardiff University). 

The territorial constitution is particularly fragile. Pursuing Brexit, Theresa May’s government has stumbled into deep questions about devolution. The territorial politics of Brexit is a bewildering mix of ignorance, apparent disdain, confrontation, cooperation and […]

September 17th, 2018|Featured, UK politics|5 Comments|

Book Review: The Language of Brexit by Steve Buckledee

In The Language of Brexit: How Britain Talked its Way Out of the European Union, Steve Buckledee analyses and compares the linguistic features of both sides of the UK ‘Brexit’ debate, placing these discursive techniques in wider social and historical context. Combining an accessible writing style and thoughtful analyses, the book will help open up and advance the academic discussion of Brexit […]

September 14th, 2018|Culture, Featured|0 Comments|
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    Brexit tweets suggest nationalism and austerity – rather than populism – motivated voters

Brexit tweets suggest nationalism and austerity – rather than populism – motivated voters

What do tweets posted in the run-up to the EU referendum reveal about the motivations for the vote? Marco Bastos and Dan Mercea (City, University of London) found that nationalist and economic concerns dominated people’s concerns, but populist sentiments were less apparent. As the referendum got closer, there was an upsurge in globalist tweets.
The political cleavages revealed by the referendum continue to divide the […]

September 13th, 2018|Featured, UK politics|2 Comments|
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    WTO option in practice: how a no-deal Brexit would seriously damage key UK industries

WTO option in practice: how a no-deal Brexit would seriously damage key UK industries

A no-deal Brexit would mean falling back on WTO law when it comes to trading in goods and services with the EU. This would result in serious economic damage for key industries in the UK, write Kahraman Altun and Johannes Müller. In this post, they explain what a no-deal Brexit and reverting to trade under WTO law would entail in practice.

Whilst a no-deal Brexit […]

Why Leavers should favour a second referendum

Should there be a second referendum on EU membership? For obvious reasons, it is Remainers who are leading to call for a second ‘people’s vote’. But there are good arguments for Leavers to favour a second referendum, argues Albert Weale (University College London). It may sound odd, but it is true.

Leave supporters have repeatedly said that the referendum in […]

September 12th, 2018|Featured, UK politics|15 Comments|
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    A Windrush in waiting: post-Brexit categories of citizen in Northern Ireland

A Windrush in waiting: post-Brexit categories of citizen in Northern Ireland

Northern Irish citizens are entitled to apply for an Irish passport, and many of those concerned about the consequences of Brexit have done so. But efforts to accommodate this, alongside changes to the status of EU citizens, will create no less than nine categories of citizen in Northern Ireland. Ben Warwick (University of Birmingham) looks at what this means for the […]

September 11th, 2018|Featured, Migration|2 Comments|