Foreign policy

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.

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    Trump will present an enormous challenge for the UK-US ‘Special Relationship’

Trump will present an enormous challenge for the UK-US ‘Special Relationship’

Donald Trump’s victory will pose uncomfortable questions for Britain about the future of the UK-US relationship. Tim Oliver writes that despite similarities in Brexit and the politics of Trump’s rise, and the Lazarus quality of the relationship to return to life after being pronounced dead, Trump presents so many unknowns that the core of the relationship could be strained […]

UK security will both gain and suffer from Brexit. The EU will only lose

Although the EU was not, in the beginning, a security mechanism, states have increasingly co-operated on security, foreign policy and defence. Their endeavours have had mixed results that at times have been seen as a drag on Britain’s autonomy. What practical effect will Brexit have on the way Britain collects intelligence, defends itself and deals with China and Russia? Philip HJ […]

The US won’t help Britain in its negotiations with the EU

The special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom cannot be taken for granted. Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska and Rem Korteweg argue, in the latest issue of the CER Insight, that in spite of its long history the famous UK-US alliance may not prove very useful during Brexit. It is all but certain that Washington will not aid London in its exit negotiations with […]

Why Britain cannot bank on India for post-Brexit business

The UK’s freedom to directly negotiate its economic relations with emerging economies, including India, has been one of the key arguments of Brexiters. But to think that this would be an easy task in practice would be to ignore India’s economic, political, and other domestic considerations, explains Nikita Sud.
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    The EU’s new defence plans don’t amount to an army – so the UK can’t veto them

The EU’s new defence plans don’t amount to an army – so the UK can’t veto them

Is the EU planning to create an army? If so, can and should the UK veto it – up until Brexit? The issue has been much debated in recent days. But this is the classic example of a debate that has created much heat but shed little light. Steve Peers clears up these misunderstandings. He argues the recently announced plans do […]

September 28th, 2016|Featured, Foreign policy|1 Comment|
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    The UK’s dilemma: a good economic result, or a political one

The UK’s dilemma: a good economic result, or a political one

There are many transitional post-Brexit scenarios currently in circulation. Each available option comes with a tradeoff : the ‘Norway’, the “Switzerland”,and the “bespoke-UK” agreement. The UK, therefore,  faces a stark choice – a solution that works economically for the business community, or one that works politically for the Leavers, says Sebastian Remøy. It can’t easily have both.

The UK faces some […]