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    Brexit poses an existential threat to the political and Parliamentary system

Brexit poses an existential threat to the political and Parliamentary system

Recently Wolfgang Muenchau asserted that after the triggering of Article 50 it was now inevitable that the UK would leave the EU. Those who had voted “remain” in last year’s referendum should renounce their anger at and resentment of the present government’s negotiating tactics. They could more usefully devote their energies to reappraising the unsuccessful arguments they had put […]

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    Brexit, competition and markets: there’s a need to spread the benefits of growth

Brexit, competition and markets: there’s a need to spread the benefits of growth

London and the South-East plus metropolitan and major university towns are markedly more pro-market and pro-competition than much of the rest of the UK. This is reflected in the geographical pattern of Brexit referendum results. In this post, Jon Stern examines the future of competition policies, as well as the perceptions of fairness and legitimacy of pro-market competition and industrial policies […]

Video: Brexit and Migration

Why is EU migration so controversial? Will EU citizens be able to stay in the UK post-Brexit? What controls on future EU migration are likely? In this LSE Lecture, Philippe Legrain and Patrick McGovern explain.

This post gives the views of its authors, not the position of LSE Brexit or the London School of Economics. 

Philippe Legrain, LSE European Institute

Patrick McGovern, LSE Sociology

‘The public mood could change’: Q&A with Roland Rudd, chair of Open Britain

Among the groups campaigning against a hard Brexit, Open Britain is among the best-resourced. But their impact on public opinion and the government’s negotiating stance has so far been minimal. LSE Brexit co-editor Ros Taylor asked the chair of Open Britain, Roland Rudd, about the campaign’s strategy.

It’s March 2019 and we’ve just crashed out of the EU without a trade or transitional deal. […]

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    Brexiteers hope to rebalance the economy towards exports, but this may prove a naïve myth

Brexiteers hope to rebalance the economy towards exports, but this may prove a naïve myth

Michael Ellington and Costas Milas explain why we should expect persistent exchange rate volatility and higher borrowing costs once the formal notification is sent to the EU. In this uncertain environment, the likelihood of rebalancing the economy towards export-oriented sectors may prove to be another pro-Brexit myth.

The second of the seven principles set out by Theresa May in her […]

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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 […]

It’s not that Britons want to have their EU cake and eat it. They just don’t like the recipe

Most Britons want to curb immigration while trading freely with the EU – or ‘having their cake and eating it’. Freedom of movement is regarded by the EU as fundamental to the single market, which is why Theresa May has indicated the UK will leave it. John Curtice explains that the British tend to believe that migration is an unpalatable […]

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    A federal settlement would formalise and expand the powers of the Scottish government

A federal settlement would formalise and expand the powers of the Scottish government

With Scotland now to seek a second independence referendum, the debate is framed around two extreme options: independence or union. Stefan Theil writes that a third option is available if both sides are prepared to make concessions. He explains how constitutionalism, paired with a federal settlement, could come to offer a viable long-term solution for Scotland.

Nicola Sturgeon made it […]

Squeezed mandarins: the four big challenges facing the civil service

Will the UK civil service be able to deliver Brexit alongside the efficient day-to-day provision of public services and the government’s manifesto commitments? A recent National Audit Office report identified three challenges facing Whitehall – complexity, capacity and feasibility – to which Nicholas Wright adds a fourth: trust. The suspicion that civil servants are not wholly persuaded by the case […]

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    More British than European: Scots could reject independence once more

More British than European: Scots could reject independence once more

Scotland’s continued membership of and access to the EU is at the forefront of a possible second independence referendum. Together with the political and economic arguments that are often debated, the question of national identity is also worth considering, write Charles Pattie and Ron Johnston. They explain why a majority of Scots could reject independence once more.

When the UK […]