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    No good choices for the British government in the Brexit negotiations

No good choices for the British government in the Brexit negotiations

David Davis has been criticised in some quarters for spending only two hours in Brussels this week negotiating with Michel Barnier before returning hurriedly to London. This criticism is misplaced, writes Brendan Donnelly. As Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, Davis needs to exercise the closest possible control on all the negotiations relating to Brexit. Most of […]

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    Desire for change and rejection of a ‘hard Brexit’ motivated young people in the General Election

Desire for change and rejection of a ‘hard Brexit’ motivated young people in the General Election

A new survey of voters in the recent UK general election has revealed that young voters – those between the ages of 18 and 24 years old – were significantly more motivated by a desire for change, a rejection of the vision of Brexit that the Government was promoting, and frustration with the current political climate than the rest […]

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    Taking back control post-Brexit isn’t about redesigning the democratic system

Taking back control post-Brexit isn’t about redesigning the democratic system

The referendum was all about ‘taking back control’ from Brussels. The idea resonated with voters not only because of migration policy but due to a lack of control over economic and democratic matters, argues Sarah Longlands. With the first anniversary of the referendum, we need to rethink how we approach ‘control’.

The central argument of the ‘Vote leave’ campaign during […]

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    A U-turn on a hard Brexit should not be entirely disregarded

A U-turn on a hard Brexit should not be entirely disregarded

Britain’s recent General Election and its unanticipated outcome marks the latest chapter in the political turbulence that has characterised the last twelve months since the EU referendum. Tim Oliver argues that the election was not in fact about Brexit, although it does now leave the timing of Brexit in flux. 

 

Much ink has been spilt explaining one of the most unexpected […]

Brexit can be stopped – but the window of opportunity is closing fast

The idea of a vote on the final Brexit deal is an appealing one to Remainers, says Steve Bullock. But by Christmas 2018, after acrimonious negotiations, the rest of the EU may be in no mood to give the UK a second chance. In any case, there would be no time to renegotiate before the 2019 deadline, which would […]

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    There May be trouble ahead: post-EU referendum instability will keep afflicting the UK

There May be trouble ahead: post-EU referendum instability will keep afflicting the UK

In advance of the election, Theresa May claimed that a resounding victory would enhance her bargaining position in the coming negotiations with the EU. Andrew Blick (King’s College London and the Federal Trust) has long argued that the size of the UK  government majority would not be a preeminent concern for the EU, and would not in itself lead to their […]

When EU laws are repatriated, will all the power go to Westminster?

‘Taking back control’ of laws from the EU was a major theme of the Leave campaign. But when an EU law applies to a devolved power, should Westminster, Stormont, Edinburgh or Cardiff take back the control? For the devolved nations, the answer is obvious; but the UK government argues it needs control of many powers in order to maintain […]

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    A hard Irish border is quite possible, a frictionless one is an oxymoron

A hard Irish border is quite possible, a frictionless one is an oxymoron

The prospects for ‘frictionless’ and ‘invisible’ solutions for the Irish border after Brexit are limited. Dr Katy Hayward (Queen’s University Belfast) outlines a ‘practical’ summary of the difference that would be made by a ‘hard’ Brexit to the movement of goods across the Irish border. 

Michel Barnier’s dismissal of the notion of ‘frictionless’ trade between the UK and EU after Brexit […]

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    Brexit is a fascinating case study for the next generation of students and teachers of British and European politics

Brexit is a fascinating case study for the next generation of students and teachers of British and European politics

Brexit is both a boon and a bane to the teaching and study of British and European politics. For Dr Tim Oliver of LSE and Alex Boyle, a politics student at the University of Liverpool, there are five ways in which Brexit is central to the study and teaching of both.

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The £1bn bung won’t protect Northern Ireland from the pain of a hard Brexit

The government has paid dearly for the support of the Democratic Unionist Party. Anthony Costello looks at what Northern Ireland will get in exchange for propping up the Conservatives. The irony is that £1bn in extra public spending is unlikely to compensate for the effects of Brexit on a region which is heavily dependent on agriculture and which has […]