Foreign policy

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, […]

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    Post-Brexit diplomacy: Can the UK hope to exert leverage at the UN without recourse to the EU?

Post-Brexit diplomacy: Can the UK hope to exert leverage at the UN without recourse to the EU?

When it comes to international diplomacy, the UK has benefited considerably from being part of the EU. But can it maintain its influence at the UN without EU membership? Megan Dee and Karen E Smith outline the challenges and opportunities in this area after Brexit.

As divorce proceedings commence, attentions around the world turn to the specifics of what the UK’s […]

Cracks are beginning to appear in British-Irish relations

Since the Brexit referendum, policy-makers’ and academics’ attention has increasingly focused on the impact of Brexit on the border in Ireland, specifically on the impact of a ‘hard’ border. The border issue is obviously highly significant economically and politically and deserves attention. But, as argued by Etain Tannam from Trinity College Dublin, the fundamental importance of the British-Irish relationship is at least as […]

Should the UK seek association with or membership of EFTA?

Amid the uncertainty of the Brexit process, one way to address the challenge of securing a degree of continuity in retaining preferential market access beyond the EU would be for the UK to become a member or associate of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA). Cenni Najy (University of Geneva) and David Phinnemore (Queen’s University Belfast) ask whether the UK after Brexit […]

EU Common Fisheries Policy is bound for a Brexit shake-up

Under the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy, each Member State decides how to allocate its national fishing quota to its fishing fleet. Griffin Carpenter and Richard Kleinjans explain that many issues in fisheries policy are the result of these decisions around access and distribution, and there are ripe opportunities for reform.

Policy on fishing limits can be thought of in two parts: […]

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    What if the UK were to break up? A closer look at an English foreign policy

What if the UK were to break up? A closer look at an English foreign policy

If the UK were to break up then how might a post-UK England relate to the rest of the British Isles, Europe, and the wider world? Will the end of the UK produce a reduced and angry ‘Little England’ or might continuity prevail and the world find itself dealing with a ‘Little Britain’? Tim Oliver considers some of the […]

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    Post-Brexit Industrial Strategy: a curious complacency hovers over the General Election

Post-Brexit Industrial Strategy: a curious complacency hovers over the General Election

Unlike during the 2015 campaigns, the state of the economy is not at the forefront of this general election. Neither is one of the UK’s biggest economic problems: productivity. Peter Kenway and Dan Corry write that solving this problem should be the primary goal of the institutions responsible for industrial strategy.

Debate about the state of the economy was centre-stage […]

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    The European ideal has sunk to the bottom of the Mediterranean with the migrants it rejects

The European ideal has sunk to the bottom of the Mediterranean with the migrants it rejects

The EU prizes the freedom of movement its citizens enjoy. Yet this depends on securing ‘Fortress Europe’ against non-Europeans – including the thousands who drown trying to cross the Mediterranean. Claire Sutherland asks how the Union can tolerate squalid migrant camps that are, in the words of its own migration commissioner, ‘an insult to our values and civilisation’.

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    In the wake of Brexit, Europe’s parties of the mainstream left need to run on pro-EU platforms

In the wake of Brexit, Europe’s parties of the mainstream left need to run on pro-EU platforms

The recent electoral decline of social democratic parties has sparked a debate in Europe. It largely focuses on the supposedly declining mainstream left support among the working class. However, in order to fully understand these electoral dynamics, it is crucial to take the preferences of the educated middle class into account. Following Brexit and the election of Donald Trump, […]

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    Ireland and Brexit: Turning potential negative consequences into bargaining leverage

Ireland and Brexit: Turning potential negative consequences into bargaining leverage

Ireland is arguably the EU state with the most to lose from Brexit, given its close relationship with the UK. Anthony Costello argues that although the UK’s decision to leave could have clear negative economic and political consequences for Ireland, there is also an opportunity for the country to use the situation to increase its bargaining power and gain meaningful […]