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May’s ‘Plan for Britain’ tells us nothing about Brexit. That’s quite deliberate

Theresa May’s ‘Plan for Britain’ is remarkable for its lack of detail. It reads like any Conservative manifesto from the past few decades, and says nothing substantive about Brexit. But, says Simon Usherwood, this is precisely the intention. The Prime Minister wants to act with as little constraint as possible as negotiations with the r27 approach.

With little fanfare, the […]

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    Yes Cymru: the debate on Welsh independence has begun for good

Yes Cymru: the debate on Welsh independence has begun for good

The tectonic plates under the United Kingdom are moving: a second Independence Referendum for Scotland is coming and calls from both sides of the Irish border for a reunification referendum have been made. In Wales, the dragon is ever-so-slowly beginning to wake from its slumber, writes Samuel Parry.

In a previous post, I stated that Plaid Cymru was finally becoming a […]

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 […]

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    The scandal of CSI, the little-known loophole used to deny EU citizens permanent residency

The scandal of CSI, the little-known loophole used to deny EU citizens permanent residency

By now many EU citizens living in Britain feel disheartened and disappointed at Parliament’s failure to secure their rights post-Brexit. A particularly concerning issue that emerged is the years-long misinformation surrounding the Comprehensive Sickness Insurance (CSI). Aleksandra Herbeć writes that failure of the UK government to communicate information about the CSI, also through universities, could mean that thousands of EU citizens in the UK face […]

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    More positive, assertive and forward-looking: how Leave won Twitter

More positive, assertive and forward-looking: how Leave won Twitter

How did people talk about the EU referendum on Twitter? Akitaka Matsuo and Kenneth Benoit (left) analysed 23m tweets about Brexit, and found salient differences between Leave and Remain supporters. People who backed Leave were more likely to use positive, assertive and forward-looking language. They also tended to follow politicians and campaigning accounts, while Remain supporters were more likely to follow […]

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    Article 50 bill: dictatorship of the “democratic” majority

Article 50 bill: dictatorship of the “democratic” majority

During the EU referendum of last year, there was much talk of the supposed estrangement between British voters and their political representatives. The narrow victory of the Brexit camp has since often been cited as proof of this estrangement, given that the overwhelming majority of Parliamentarians favoured remaining in the European Union. Brendan Donnelly argues that if there was indeed […]

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    Disruption and chaos: the potential impact of Brexit on Northern Ireland’s and the UK’s political stability

Disruption and chaos: the potential impact of Brexit on Northern Ireland’s and the UK’s political stability

Northern Ireland held elections on 2 March against the backdrop of the UK’s preparations for leaving the European Union. Janice Morphet writes that Brexit raises several important questions about Northern Ireland’s status within the UK which could also have a major impact on the nature of devolution across the rest of the country.

Despite the intermittent warm words and flying visits […]

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    Abused in the street, invited to a Brexit BBQ: the limbo of being German in the UK

Abused in the street, invited to a Brexit BBQ: the limbo of being German in the UK

An EU citizen is an EU citizen, writes Tanja Bueltmann, and the government has made it abundantly clear that we are all in limbo until a deal to secure our rights is negotiated with the EU – if such a deal can be done. Politicians have chosen not to oppose the wave of xenophobia sweeping across the country, but […]

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    So far, the Brexit vote has failed to boost support for Scottish independence

So far, the Brexit vote has failed to boost support for Scottish independence

In the immediate aftermath of the UK’s decision to leave the EU, several opinion polls showed a majority of people in Scotland would vote for independence in a hypothetical second referendum. However, as Sean Swan writes, the polling in recent months has shown a consistent majority of respondents opposing independence. He isolates three key reasons why Brexit has not […]

Brexit can work for local government

Danielle Cudby considers some of the challenges that Brexit poses for local government, and how they could be successfully handled. She argues that despite the risks and uncertainty, Brexit can provide a platform for local councils to advocate for greater powers and better funding deals.

The UK’s decision to leave the EU has had a momentous impact on the political […]