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    Brexit is not only an expression of nostalgia for empire, it is also the fruit of empire

Brexit is not only an expression of nostalgia for empire, it is also the fruit of empire

In her novel Beloved, through its examination of America’s violent and brutal history of chattel slavery, Toni Morrison warns against the forgetting of painful pasts. If a society is to ‘come to terms with its own raced history’, painful memories must be ‘“re-membered”… [or] they will haunt the social imagination and disrupt the present’. Catherine Hall, writing almost 20 […]

The Great Repeal Bill explained in sticky notes

The Great Repeal Bill will let the government repeal those EU laws it wants to scrap or change. Joelle Grogan sets out the plan in the form of sticky notes.

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Why the European Court of Justice isn’t going away

One of the most contentious issues in Britain’s exit from the EU is the role of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) during and after Brexit. This is because Brexit is ultimately a question of sovereign authority. Who decides the rules of the game when things go awry: a UK judge, or their EU counterpart? Davor Jancic examines the […]

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    Elective dictatorship? The democratic mandate concept has become dangerously over-extended

Elective dictatorship? The democratic mandate concept has become dangerously over-extended

Against the background of a general breakdown of public confidence in the political elite, politicians on both left and right have seen themselves not as part of a broader governing elite but as outsiders, empowered by their democratic mandate to shake up government and make it more responsive to the wishes of the people. Nat le Roux argues that taken to its […]

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    Brexit’s implications for Northern Ireland may be destabilising, but not fatal

Brexit’s implications for Northern Ireland may be destabilising, but not fatal

Brexit created specific uncertainties in Northern Ireland, a post-conflict region where 55.7% of voters (and 85% of Catholics) voted to remain in the EU and where a land border is shared with Ireland. There are fears that Brexit will undermine the 1998 Good Friday Agreement (GFA) and jeopardise the peace process in Northern Ireland. In this post, Etain Tannam, argues that […]

The Article 50 notification explained in sticky notes

Now Article 50 has been invoked, the UK has two years to reach an agreement with the EU. With the help of sticky notes, Joelle Grogan explains what happens next .

 

 

Charities must have a voice in Brexit – for the sake of the disaffected people they help

Brexit is causing consternation among charities and the rest of the voluntary sector. But it is happening – and, argues Stuart Etherington, they must step up and ensure they, and the marginalised people they help, have a say in government policy. Many social care workers are EU citizens and their rights must be guaranteed. Brexit will take away some sources […]

Sturgeon’s case for Indyref2 is a shaky one

The SNP have concluded that the political weather to announce Indyref2 will never look as good as it does right now. Looking at the process of negotiating Brexit, however, the claim that the case for Indyref2 is about the timing is a highly contestable one, write Daniel Kenealy and Stuart MacLennan.

The UK and Scottish Governments are locked in a showdown over […]

Will Brexit spell the end of the ECtHR, and the arrival of a British Bill of Rights?

Eurosceptics have long had the European Court of Human Rights in their sights. Soon the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights is likely to disappear from the UK’s legal landscapes. Tobias Lock and Tom Gerard Daly argue that Brexit will make it easier for Eurosceptics to achieve their aim of replacing the Human Rights Act with a British Bill of Rights […]

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    Logically flawed, morally indefensible: EU citizens in the UK are bargaining chips

Logically flawed, morally indefensible: EU citizens in the UK are bargaining chips

The rights of EU citizens living in the UK are not guaranteed. An amendment that would have given them post-Brexit rights regardless of the outcome of negotiations was voted down in the Commons. Ruvi Ziegler says the government’s argument – which says that by refusing to guarantee EU citizens’ rights, it is protecting British people living in the EU – is […]