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    Agriculture post-Brexit: a battleground for the UK’s constituent nations

Agriculture post-Brexit: a battleground for the UK’s constituent nations

Agriculture is a devolved matter which is also subject to EU policy-making. Michael Keating (Centre on Constitutional Change) writes that while there is agreement on the need for UK-wide frameworks to govern certain areas of agriculture post-Brexit, there is currently no agreement among the UK’s nations on what form they should take. He argues that funding will likely be […]

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    The UK shouldn’t be complacent about its high anti-corruption ranking: trouble lies ahead with Brexit

The UK shouldn’t be complacent about its high anti-corruption ranking: trouble lies ahead with Brexit

The latest edition of Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index was published on 21 February. On the face of it, UK policymakers should be pleased: Britain has risen from 10th to 8th place. Daniel Hough explains why the UK shouldn’t be complacent about its cosy rating.

Fred Astaire, the famous old crooner, once famously claimed “while there’s music and moonlight, and love […]

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    Known Unknowns: How to ensure Europe’s security after Brexit

Known Unknowns: How to ensure Europe’s security after Brexit

Brexit will significantly impact both the EU’s and the UK’s foreign, security, and defence policy.  With the UK´s withdrawal from the Union, Britain’s capabilities will formally cease to be part of the EU. Meanwhile, the UK will no longer have access to EU agencies, structures, and decision-making forums. How the EU deals with these changes and how they affect […]

Was Boris Johnson justified in using John Stuart Mill to make the case for Brexit?

Boris Johnson invoked John Stuart Mill in a recent speech, arguing that Mill’s thinking about the importance of the nation state underpinned the case for Brexit. Corrado Morricone considers whether Mill’s work can indeed be used to support leaving the EU.

In his Brexit speech on 14 February, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson made the case for a ‘spiritually British, European and global Britain’ after […]

In aid and development, Britain’s long-accumulated expertise is valuable to the EU

Britain has historically been a leader in development and humanitarian aid, with the EU amplifying the value of its links with the Commonwealth and its global influence. The fall in the value of the pound has already shrunk its budgets. Brexit will sever some of the links British aid experts have spent decades cultivating, writes Sebastian Steingass (University of […]

Watch: Karen Smith on what Brexit means for foreign policy

Karen Smith (LSE) argues that the EU membership has allowed Britain to punch above its weight in international affairs. So what are the three main implications of Brexit for UK foreign policy?

This post represents the views of the author and not those of the Brexit blog, nor the LSE.

Did the unfounded claim that Turkey was about to join the EU swing the referendum?

Even in 2016 – before Turkey’s latest turn towards authoritarianism – the chances of the country joining the EU before 2030 were remote. Yet this did not prevent Vote Leave from claiming towards the end of the referendum campaign that Turkey was poised to join. This unfounded claim, writes James Ker-Lindsay (LSE), played into voters’ existing worries about immigration. It […]

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    China is a crucial partner for Britain to prosper outside the EU

China is a crucial partner for Britain to prosper outside the EU

British Prime Minister Theresa May’s upcoming visit to Beijing is part of London’s efforts to build “Global Britain” by forging new trade partnerships beyond the EU. Yu Jie (LSE) says both sides have good reasons to want closer engagement in trade and investment, even though they remain poles apart politically. The Prime Minister should grasp the opportunities on her visit […]

When taking away one means division: what Brexit means for EU sanctions

When the UK leaves the EU, it will also lose access to its foreign and security policy institutions – and, of course, vice versa. Nicholas Wright (University College London) looks at what this will mean for one of the most effective weapons in the EU’s armoury of soft power: sanctions.

The UK’s foreign and security policy-focused departments have faced very […]

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    How Donald Trump’s populism may threaten the US-UK Special Relationship

How Donald Trump’s populism may threaten the US-UK Special Relationship

President Trump recently promoted the rhetoric of the far-right Britain First organization, which prompted an angry response from the UK’s Prime Minister, Theresa May. Ben Margulies writes that the transatlantic Twitter spat shows that Trump’s appeal to populism and anti-elitism may undermine the post-World War II liberal world order that the US-UK special relationship exemplifies.
At this stage, there might […]