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May’s ‘Plan for Britain’ tells us nothing about Brexit. That’s quite deliberate

Theresa May’s ‘Plan for Britain’ is remarkable for its lack of detail. It reads like any Conservative manifesto from the past few decades, and says nothing substantive about Brexit. But, says Simon Usherwood, this is precisely the intention. The Prime Minister wants to act with as little constraint as possible as negotiations with the r27 approach.

With little fanfare, the […]

‘European culture’ is an invented tradition

If Europe has a culture, is there such a thing as a European nation, asks Benjamin G Marti? In a piece originally published at Aeon, he cautions against historicizing this question and highlights its very contemporary dimension vis-à-vis today’s clash between Europeanist and nationalist visions of what Europe is.

Think of culture, of literature, music, philosophy, the fine arts, and it means thinking of […]

March 24th, 2017|Culture, Featured|1 Comment|

May’s ‘Global Britain’: the decline and fall of European Studies

Brexit comes after a decades-long decline in European Studies in British universities. The subject boomed as the UK sought to join the EEC, but has steadily declined and no longer merits a sub-panel in the Research Excellence Framework. Helen Drake asks whether Brexit will lead to a recovery in the field – or whether ‘Brexit studies’ will prove to […]

March 23rd, 2017|Culture, Featured|1 Comment|
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    Yes Cymru: the debate on Welsh independence has begun for good

Yes Cymru: the debate on Welsh independence has begun for good

The tectonic plates under the United Kingdom are moving: a second Independence Referendum for Scotland is coming and calls from both sides of the Irish border for a reunification referendum have been made. In Wales, the dragon is ever-so-slowly beginning to wake from its slumber, writes Samuel Parry.

In a previous post, I stated that Plaid Cymru was finally becoming a […]

Mind the Gap: Brexit and the generational divide

The EU Referendum results reveal a sharp generational divide in British politics. According to YouGov, under-25s were more than twice as likely to vote Remain (71%) than Leave (29%), while among over-65s the picture is almost the exact opposite. 

This panel discussion by Jennifer Jackson-Preece, Manmit Bhambra, Michael Cottakis, Roch Dunin-Wąsowicz, Claire Gordon, and Darren Moon considered how Brexit is shaping the politics […]

Sturgeon’s case for Indyref2 is a shaky one

The SNP have concluded that the political weather to announce Indyref2 will never look as good as it does right now. Looking at the process of negotiating Brexit, however, the claim that the case for Indyref2 is about the timing is a highly contestable one, write Daniel Kenealy and Stuart MacLennan.

The UK and Scottish Governments are locked in a showdown over […]

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    The biggest threat to the City of London is now uncertainty

The biggest threat to the City of London is now uncertainty

Uncertainty is now the biggest threat to the City of London, writes Simeon Djankov. It is not simply a question of whether changes to financial regulation will deter business, but whether the government can deliver on its promises to cut corporate taxes, reform immigration while letting in talent and make corporations more transparent without putting off foreign investors. In […]

Foreign direct investment will remain robust post-Brexit

The UK has been one of the top recipients of FDI among advanced economies and the biggest recipient of FDI flows into the EU. The long-term impact of Brexit is still subject to uncertainty. However, there are reasons to suppose that FDI into the UK will remain robust, especially by companies servicing UK and non-European markets, writes Laza Kekic.

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Talk of a nonexistent ‘tide of hate’ against EU migrants does nothing to help their cause

Some have identified a wave of xenophobia in the UK since Brexit – a ‘tide of hate’ unleashed by the vote. Jim Butcher argues that EU opinion surveys suggests just the opposite, and that Britons have actually become more positive about migration in the past two years. To talk up the perceived xenophobia of Leave voters is ultimately divisive […]

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    The scandal of CSI, the little-known loophole used to deny EU citizens permanent residency

The scandal of CSI, the little-known loophole used to deny EU citizens permanent residency

By now many EU citizens living in Britain feel disheartened and disappointed at Parliament’s failure to secure their rights post-Brexit. A particularly concerning issue that emerged is the years-long misinformation surrounding the Comprehensive Sickness Insurance (CSI). Aleksandra Herbeć writes that failure of the UK government to communicate information about the CSI, also through universities, could mean that thousands of EU citizens in the UK face […]