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    What makes Britain ‘Great’? The end of the postwar consensus of liberal internationalism

What makes Britain ‘Great’? The end of the postwar consensus of liberal internationalism

The Leave and Remain campaigns defined British ‘greatness’ in very different ways. The referendum reflects more than attitudes toward EU membership — it  marks a new understanding of Britain’s role in the world, argues Benjamin Martill (LSE). The end of the postwar consensus of liberal internationalism has important implications and needs to be taken seriously.

The ‘Great’ in Great Britain is a geographical […]

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    The EU isn’t protectionist – it’s one of the most open economies in the world

The EU isn’t protectionist – it’s one of the most open economies in the world

US President Donald Trump recently criticised the EU for being protectionist, and several political figures in the UK have suggested that Brexit will allow the country to remove protectionist tariffs and regulations to boost trade. But how accurate is this claim in reality? Using data on various aspects of trade, Mark Manger and Atom Vayalinkal argue that the EU […]

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    The Irish border is not a technical issue but a political one

The Irish border is not a technical issue but a political one

At this stage of the exit negotiations, the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic is not a technical issue but a political one, argues Katy Hayward (Queen’s University Belfast). She explains exactly why the Northern Irish/Irish issue is a block preventing the Brexit talks from progressing, and provides suggestions on how to shift it.

It is quite clear from communications from the EU […]

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    Britain risks securitising its future relationship with the EU

Britain risks securitising its future relationship with the EU

On September 22, Theresa May’s speech in Florence ostensibly outlined a way forward on Brexit. Is the £20bn on offer too much, too little or too late? Are promises to protect the rights of EU citizens in the UK real or merely rhetorical? What will happen next – renewed dialogue with Brussels or a bust-up with Boris and other […]

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    The German election result will slow down the Brexit process

The German election result will slow down the Brexit process

German coalition talks are not likely to produce a new government until January 2018. This will slow down the Brexit process, argues John Ryan (LSE Ideas). He also suggests that Theresa May should not rely on being able to gain support for her demands from Angela Merkel, whose chief political interest will be in keeping the EU-27 together and forming a new government […]

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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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    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|

Book Review: The European Union in Crisis

Tim Oliver (LSE Ideas) reviews The European Union in Crisis. He writes that this latest contribution dealing with the multi-dimensional nature of EU’s crisis offers a solid starting point to understanding a Union which over the past few years has been tested as it has never been before.

Politics is so often the routine of dealing with day-to-day emergencies that we […]

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    Bureaucracy may be the solution, rather than the problem, for issues of European governance

Bureaucracy may be the solution, rather than the problem, for issues of European governance

The European Union is often criticised from the perspective that it has created a layer of bureaucracy or ‘red tape’ which has a damaging effect on European governance. Martin Lodge and Kai Wegrich write that while it is particularly common for political parties to make these arguments in the run up to European elections, legitimate and effective administration is […]

Brexit could harm African economies that trade with the UK

The UK must pay urgent attention to the complexities of African trade in order to avoid Brexit having damaging effects, explains Peg Murray-Evans. Failure to do so could mean new barriers to trade from vulnerable African economies and disruption to regional integration.

In a previous blog I outlined my concern that despite the UK government’s commitment to reinvigorating the Commonwealth, […]