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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 […]

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    The UK-US special relationship: between a Trump rock and a Brexit hard place

The UK-US special relationship: between a Trump rock and a Brexit hard place

Donald Trump’s forthcoming presidency poses uncomfortable questions for Britain about the future of the UK-US ‘special relationship’. As Tim Oliver and Mike Williams argue in a new LSE IDEAS Strategic Update, the fact that even the core elements of the relationship look set to be strained mean Britain is likely to find itself caught between a Trump rock and […]

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    Inglorious Brexit: the uncertain future of Britain’s defence and security capabilities

Inglorious Brexit: the uncertain future of Britain’s defence and security capabilities

As a process and not some short term event, Brexit is something that will shape UK defence and security over the longer-term and be one that is defined as much by what happens elsewhere in Europe as by what happens to Britain. We can group the implications for UK defence into five groups, many of which cross over from […]

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    Negotiating with the rest of the EU – and beyond: eight big challenges

Negotiating with the rest of the EU – and beyond: eight big challenges

As a process, Brexit reaches beyond the UK to involve multiple states, decision makers and outlooks. This has led to a number of attempts to understand how the remaining EU (rEU) views Brexit, or – before it – the UK-EU renegotiation. Tim Oliver outlines the eight big challenges facing negotiators.

Some reviews try to cover all 27  member states. Others focus […]

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    How to prevent the collapse of the liberal-left after Brexit and Trump

How to prevent the collapse of the liberal-left after Brexit and Trump

The UK’s decision to leave the European Union and Donald Trump’s election as President of the United States have been cited by some commentators as proof that the West is turning away from liberal values. Tahir Abbas argues that in the aftermath of Brexit and Trump, supporters of liberalism require a new movement aimed at reaching a unitary consensus […]

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Left out in the cold: Brexit, the EU and the perils of Trump’s world

The UK is a world leader on foreign policy – but it is not at all clear how it can maintain that influence outside the EU, says Karen E Smith. States like Iceland and Switzerland tend to defer to the EU because they lack sufficient heft on their own. The EU itself will suffer from Brexit. But, paradoxically, Donald […]

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    Brexit and Trump are a test of free citizens in free societies

Brexit and Trump are a test of free citizens in free societies

Brexit and the election of Donald Trump are not just a test for EU leaders and institutions, they’re a test of free citizens in free societies, write Geoffrey Harris and Tim Oliver.

For historians, Brexit and Donald Trump’s election will be the political events of 2016. Both have delivered a shock to the established political order. That shock is not […]

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    Why changes to the social construction of celebrity can explain Trump

Why changes to the social construction of celebrity can explain Trump

Politicians increasingly appear on television shows in roles we wouldn’t ordinarily expect – dancing, cooking, firing prospective employees. Jack Corbett, Matt Wood and Matt Flinders, in a recent article, explore how the social construction of celebrity can help to explain the rise of the ‘celebrity politician’ – most notably President-elect Donald Trump.

Political leaders have always been confronted by a […]

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    Indians aren’t impressed with Theresa May’s business offer

Indians aren’t impressed with Theresa May’s business offer

Theresa May’s three-day tour of India marks the start of her attempt to secure post-Brexit business with non-EU countries. Yet the message beginning to emanate from the UK government is: Indians, we want your business, and your high-net-worth business travellers, but the rest of you are not as welcome. Nikita Sud writes that Indians aren’t impressed with the Prime Minister’s offer.

While the UK […]