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    No deal, no trucks? What a no-deal Brexit will mean for road transport

No deal, no trucks? What a no-deal Brexit will mean for road transport

What will a no-deal Brexit mean for road transport? Dmitry Grozoubinski explains that come March 30th 2019, UK firms may not be able to transport goods between European Union countries. This means that many British lorry drivers will not be able to work in the EU, and many UK firms will urgently need to become permanently established somewhere in the EU to operate […]

A second referendum is clearly possible

Two years on from the Brexit vote, the benefits of a second referendum are being hotly debated. In this post, Jess Sargeant, Alan Renwick and Meg Russell (Constitution Unit) identify seven questions that should be considered before parliament decides whether a second Brexit referendum will take place.

A recent Sky poll suggested that 50% of the public would favour a three-way referendum on the UK’s future […]

Austria’s EU presidency: Brexit will be on the sidelines

On 1 July, Austria took over the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union for the third time. As Paul Schmidt notes, since the Treaty of Lisbon entered into force in December 2009, the role of the presidency has fundamentally changed. He assesses how much room for manoeuvre this leaves to make a difference, and what we […]

Brexit, the separation of powers and the role of the supreme court

The Supreme Court’s role has changed since it was created. Byron Karemba (University of Leeds) looks at how Brexit is altering it further and makes the case for a new conception of the judicial function based on the separation of powers.
When the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom (UKSC) was created, there was great emphasis by the architects of […]

Orchestral manoeuvres, in the dark: what Brexit means for touring musicians

British orchestras tour widely in the EU – and when we leave, they will probably need work permits and special social security and health insurance arrangements, as well as facing delays at the border. Mark Pemberton (Association of British Orchestras) urges the government to ensure bilateral deals are in place to minimise the extra costs involved.

Heard every day in our concert halls, […]

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    A five-year moratorium on Brexit is needed to allow the UK and the EU to fully get to grips with the process

A five-year moratorium on Brexit is needed to allow the UK and the EU to fully get to grips with the process

The UK is set to leave the EU in March next year, but many of the key issues remain unresolved and there is now perceived to be a very real prospect of the country leaving without a deal in place. For Helmut K Anheier, the answer is not a second referendum given another vote would do little to resolve the […]

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    British business has no party: it fears Brexit almost as much as it fears socialism

British business has no party: it fears Brexit almost as much as it fears socialism

For years, the binary between left and right when it comes to business matters in British politics meant that the Conservatives were predominantly supported by that sector. Contemporary British politics, however, has become very difficult for British business, writes Iain McMenamin (Dublin City University). Today, both main parties have taken up positions which are distressing for British business, which is now […]

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    The British political tradition has never been more vulnerable

The British political tradition has never been more vulnerable

Never before has the British political tradition been more contested, write Matthew Hall, David Marsh, and Emma Vines. They explain that British democracy is facing three major challenges – Scottish independence, Brexit, and anti-politics – and these have the potential to force change on an otherwise stale political establishment.

British politics is in a state of flux; yet for all the […]

Enough magical thinking. The silly season must stop here

Britain has only a couple of months left to decide on its future relationship with the EU. Phil Syrpis (University of Bristol) says it is time for both the government and the opposition to level with the public about the choices involved. The coarse sloganeering of the past two years will lead to a destructive Brexit unless politicians get […]

Hard cheese? Dairy products will be more expensive after Brexit

Britain imports a lot of dairy produce, nearly all of it from the EU. At home, the industry employs a large number of workers from the rest of the EU. Jan Bakker and Nikhil Datta (LSE) predict that dairy will become more expensive after Brexit. Even if Britons switch to UK-produced dairy, it will take some years for domestic […]