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    Legatum Institute’s ‘solution’ for the Brexit border is highly problematic

Legatum Institute’s ‘solution’ for the Brexit border is highly problematic

Legatum Institute’s ideas regarding the post-Brexit Irish border are highly problematic. Katy Hayward (Queen’s University Belfast) and Maurice Campbell (Queen’s University Belfast) write that these proposals are based on misperceptions of the border, Northern Ireland, as well as the fundamentals of European integration, international trade law and customs practice.

The paper from the Legatum Institute’s ‘Special Trade Commission’ on what it terms ‘the Irish border issue’ is to […]

September 18th, 2017|Featured, Foreign policy|14 Comments|
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    ‘The brightest and best’, us – and the rest: desirable and undesirable migration in EU referendum leaflets

‘The brightest and best’, us – and the rest: desirable and undesirable migration in EU referendum leaflets

How did the leaflets circulated before the EU referendum talk about migrants? Alexandra Bulat (UCL SSEES) examines the LSE’s collection and finds – on both sides – a distinction between ‘desirable’ and ‘undesirable’ migrants, whether from within or outside the EU. At no point were the views of the migrants themselves heard.

Researchers agree that immigration, alongside economics, were the […]

September 15th, 2017|Campaigns, Featured, Migration|0 Comments|
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    Brexit threatens UK-Latin America cooperation in higher education, but both sides can help to ensure it continues

Brexit threatens UK-Latin America cooperation in higher education, but both sides can help to ensure it continues

Current and past bilateral initiatives show that the UK’s exit from the European Union is not only a threat, but also as an opportunity, writes Valesca Lima (Dublin City University).

European integration has contributed to worldwide development both by driving trade with the European single market and through funding research cooperation. But the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the EU raises important economic […]

September 15th, 2017|Featured, Foreign policy|0 Comments|

How the EU shapes and hones its identity through the language of its treaties

How does the European Union shape and hone its identity? Odelia Oshri and Shaul Shenhav (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) decipher the ways in which the EU’s discourse on values has changed throughout the 60 years of integration. They show that two values dominated the Union’s treaty texts – ‘democracy’ and ‘market economy’. However, since the 1990s, new values have penetrated the […]

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    UK finance needs radical reform to upgrade the post-Brexit economy

UK finance needs radical reform to upgrade the post-Brexit economy

Although recent attention has been on the quantity of UK finance post-Brexit, its quality will be every bit as important, writes Alfie Stirling. He explains some of the key problems with the UK’s financial market sector, and offers suggestions on how to improve the flow of capital to businesses most in need of investment, and how to promote long-term investment.

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September 14th, 2017|Featured, UK politics|1 Comment|
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    The Citizens’ Assembly on Brexit: reflections on the first weekend

The Citizens’ Assembly on Brexit: reflections on the first weekend

The Citizens’ Assembly on Brexit – a gathering of randomly-selected people who will learn about the options for the form Brexit should take – has just begun its work. The project’s director Alan Renwick (UCL Constitution Unit) offers some initial, personal reflections on a highly successful first weekend.

 

The Citizens’ Assembly on Brexit has just completed its first weekend of deliberations. As an earlier post explained, […]

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    Generation Brexit: a chance for Millennials to have their say on Brexit

Generation Brexit: a chance for Millennials to have their say on Brexit

The London School of Economics (LSE) has launched an exciting initiative which seeks to discover what young adults aged 16–35 want from Brexit. Apart from English, it is now available in French, German, Italian, Spanish, Polish, and Greek.  The Generation Brexit project is gathering young people’s attitudes towards Brexit, in order to ensure their proper representation in the process. […]

How bad will Brexit really be for the UK?

Long-term forecasts claiming that leaving the EU with no deal on trade would be economically disastrous undermine the UK’s optimal negotiating strategy, writes Graham Gudgin (Policy Exchange). He points out significant flaws in such forecasts and shows why the estimates they table cannot be accepted as accurate.

The great majority of the economic forecasts have concluded that Brexit will damage the […]

The government won’t release its analyses of Brexit’s impact. We have a right to see them

The government has refused to publish its sector-by-sector analyses of the impact of Brexit, arguing that releasing them they would undermine its negotiating position. Molly Scott Cato (MEP for the South West) says businesspeople trying to plan for the future have a right to know what the likely effects of leaving the EU will be.

It was, I thought, a fairly […]

Brexit is a win-win opportunity for the City of London

EU law has constrained the City, argues Barnabas Reynolds, a partner at Shearman & Stearling. It has a chilling effect on business. Outside the Union, Britain will be able to either draft its own rules through an ‘enhanced equivalence’ model – or completely unshackle itself from the EU and adopt a free-market system whose simplicity would attract business. Either outcome would […]