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The language of nationalism: what to make of the leaked immigration plans

What should we make of the leaked document on EU immigration post-Brexit? Taking a much harder line than the official negotiating stance, it set out a vision in which EU migrants lose their rights as individuals and are admitted only if they serve the collective needs of the UK. This is a dangerously nationalistic stance, says Georgiana Turculet (Central […]

It’s all relatives: the trouble with post-Brexit family reunification plans

Who is a family member? This question is at the heart of the ambiguities surrounding the UK’s offer to EU citizens post-Brexit, writes Katya Ivanova (LSE). The proposal seeks to align the rules governing family unification for EU citizens with those currently applied to non-EU citizens. It also seeks to bring EU citizens under the control of the UK legal […]

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    EU membership was a cultural symbol which Remainers approved and Leavers disliked

EU membership was a cultural symbol which Remainers approved and Leavers disliked

Provision of more facts and objective information would have been of marginal significance in the Brexit vote. Michael Cunningham (University of Wolverhampton) offers his reflections on the EU referendum that point to the existence of substantial political limitations of evidence. He argues that one observes a widespread tendency among many voters to be resistant to facts challenging positions they hold. […]

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    UK finance needs radical reform to upgrade the post-Brexit economy

UK finance needs radical reform to upgrade the post-Brexit economy

Although recent attention has been on the quantity of UK finance post-Brexit, its quality will be every bit as important, writes Alfie Stirling. He explains some of the key problems with the UK’s financial market sector, and offers suggestions on how to improve the flow of capital to businesses most in need of investment, and how to promote long-term investment.

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September 14th, 2017|Featured, UK politics|1 Comment|
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    The Citizens’ Assembly on Brexit: reflections on the first weekend

The Citizens’ Assembly on Brexit: reflections on the first weekend

The Citizens’ Assembly on Brexit – a gathering of randomly-selected people who will learn about the options for the form Brexit should take – has just begun its work. The project’s director Alan Renwick (UCL Constitution Unit) offers some initial, personal reflections on a highly successful first weekend.

 

The Citizens’ Assembly on Brexit has just completed its first weekend of deliberations. As an earlier post explained, […]

How bad will Brexit really be for the UK?

Long-term forecasts claiming that leaving the EU with no deal on trade would be economically disastrous undermine the UK’s optimal negotiating strategy, writes Graham Gudgin (Policy Exchange). He points out significant flaws in such forecasts and shows why the estimates they table cannot be accepted as accurate.

The great majority of the economic forecasts have concluded that Brexit will damage the […]

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    Is Labour’s new Brexit stance a step in the right direction?

Is Labour’s new Brexit stance a step in the right direction?

The recent article by Keir Starmer, Labour spokesman on Brexit, setting out the Party’s commitment to continued British membership of the EU single market and the customs union for a transitional period post-Brexit is a welcome and significant development in the European debate. Brendan Donnelly (Federal Trust) argues that Labour is making a move it in the right direction, but concerns about Labour’s […]

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    Softening a hard border: lessons from North America for post-Brexit Ireland

Softening a hard border: lessons from North America for post-Brexit Ireland

There are ample lessons from the Canada-US border for post-Brexit Ireland, write Laurie Tannous (University of Windsor) and Katy Hayward (Queen’s University Belfast). For example, a ‘hard’ border need not mean the end of economic integration of Ireland. Yet building a smooth functioning border is a comprehensive undertaking, and some friction will be inevitable.

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    Forty-five people, two weekends: the Citizens’ Assembly on Brexit

Forty-five people, two weekends: the Citizens’ Assembly on Brexit

The Constitution Unit is leading a team running a Citizens’ Assembly on Brexit, which will meet over two weekends, starting with the weekend of 8–10 September. The Assembly will consist of around 45 UK citizens, selected to reflect the diversity of the UK electorate. Alan Renwick (left) and Rebecca McKee explain how the Assembly will work and what it is hoped will […]

September 1st, 2017|Featured, UK politics|0 Comments|
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    The Economists for Brexit predictions are inconsistent with the basic facts of international trade

The Economists for Brexit predictions are inconsistent with the basic facts of international trade

There is a degree of consensus among economists that a Brexit will make us worse off. The exception is recent work by Economists for Brexit. Their forecast of income gains from Brexit contrasts with all other economic analysis, explain Thomas Sampson, Swati Dhingra, Gianmarco Ottaviano and John Van Reenen.

The possibility of the UK leaving the European Union (EU) has […]