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    Theory and Brexit: can theoretical approaches help us understand Brexit?

Theory and Brexit: can theoretical approaches help us understand Brexit?

The unprecedented and complex nature of Brexit presents us with a daily avalanche of events, gossip and facts. We need a way to sift through developments to focus on those that are the most important. As Tim Oliver argues, using various theoretical approaches can help us better understand Brexit.

Brexit is the defining issue of British politics. Not an hour […]

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    Poland’s row over President Tusk is a bad sign for the Brexit negotiations

Poland’s row over President Tusk is a bad sign for the Brexit negotiations

For Poland to oppose the reelection of Donald Tusk was a suicide attempt. Wojciech Przybylski writes that only the Prime Ministers from the three other Visegrad Group countries (Slovakia, Hungary, Czech Rep.) might have been able to save the day by claiming that Tusk was the candidate of Central Europe. In the end, however, Poland was outvoted 27-1. Furthermore, […]

How will Poland approach the Brexit negotiations?

Brexit means that Poland’s right-wing government is losing its most important EU ally and the opposition warns that the country could end up marginalised on the European periphery, writes Aleks Szczerbiak. But the government argues that Warsaw is a leader in debates on the EU’s future and is calling for a re-think of the trajectory of the European project. […]

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    Brexit could hit investment, trade, aid, and integration in Latin America, but there will also be opportunities

Brexit could hit investment, trade, aid, and integration in Latin America, but there will also be opportunities

Brexit is likely to affect foreign direct investment, trade, and development funding in Latin America, aside from being politically influential. But despite the negatives, it may also provide opportunities to strengthen ties with the UK, writes Michelle Campbell. This article appeared first on LSE’s Latin America and Caribbean blog. Follow them on Twitter: @LSE_LACC

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    For free trade, Canada should reach across the Atlantic to the UK

For free trade, Canada should reach across the Atlantic to the UK

The future of the North American Free Trade Agreement is looking increasingly uncertain under Donald Trump as president of the United States. In case NAFTA implodes, Armand de Mestral proposes the creation of the Atlantic Free Trade Area between Canada and the United Kingdom, in a framework involving Europe and the US.

A close look at NAFTA

NAFTA has been in […]

February 16th, 2017|Featured, Foreign policy|1 Comment|
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    If we make post-Brexit trade deals with China and India, don’t expect Britain to come out on top

If we make post-Brexit trade deals with China and India, don’t expect Britain to come out on top

Britain’s current crop of ministers seem not to have taken on board that the attempted EU-India agreement foundered not because of the rest of the EU but, in substantial part, because Britain rejected it, write Vince Cable and Yu Jie.

A key argument of those who see opportunities, rather than costs, in Brexit is that there will be better trading opportunities with […]

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    What does the supreme court ruling mean for British Parliamentary sovereignty?

What does the supreme court ruling mean for British Parliamentary sovereignty?

The Supreme Court ruled that Theresa May needs to ask Parliament for its consent to notify of the UK’s intention to leave the EU. But she should also work closely with Parliament once the negotiations have started, writes  Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska the CER Insight. 

In the course of the referendum campaign Brexiters claimed that the principle of the supremacy of EU law made the […]

A special Brexit deal for Scotland is highly unlikely

Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has indicated that she may call a second independence referendum if the UK government pursues a ‘hard’ Brexit. Paul Anderson writes on the options for Scotland, and the role Spain could play as it seeks to deal with its own secession issue in Catalonia. He states that it is unlikely a special deal for […]

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    Four uncomfortable truths about a quick deal on UK–US trade

Four uncomfortable truths about a quick deal on UK–US trade

Donald Trump has promised that a UK–US trade deal will be ‘done quickly and done properly’ after Brexit. Oliver Ilott, in a post previously published by the Institute for Government, warns a deal would have to overcome four uncomfortable truths.

Donald Trump has said that he wants a UK–US trade deal to be ‘signature ready’ by March 2019. Trade deals […]

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    In a Trumpian world, the UK and the EU need to agree on greater commitments to collective security

In a Trumpian world, the UK and the EU need to agree on greater commitments to collective security

European leaders, including Theresa May, should take Donald Trump’s blatant opportunism at face value. The self-professed “dealmaker” appears intent on striking new international partnerships and stoking latent animosities in an effort to shake up the international order. His aim: stacking the cards more “fairly” for the United States. Paul Angelo argues that if Europe is to figure prominently in […]