UK politics

The lights are flashing red in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland politics has been brought to a standstill by a combination of geopolitics (Brexit) the novel (a crisis in the Executive over alleged corruption) and the permanent (sectarianism). Duncan Morrow (Ulster University) says little is now propping up Northern Ireland’s institutions. Without a Brexit agreement and commitment to institutional reform, the current impasse already has done real damage […]

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    Brexit and moral foundation framing: the key to a People’s Vote is in Vote Leave’s hands

Brexit and moral foundation framing: the key to a People’s Vote is in Vote Leave’s hands

Will Conservative Brexiteers back another referendum? If so, is it the nature of the argument that will persuade them or who makes it? Eitan Tzelgov and Delia Dumitrescu (University of East Anglia) show that, although views on Brexit are based around moral issues, moral framing alone does not persuade these voters. What does seem to change their minds […]

October 10th, 2018|Featured, UK politics|1 Comment|
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    The end of ‘Social Europe’? Brexit poses many dangers for employment relations in the UK

The end of ‘Social Europe’? Brexit poses many dangers for employment relations in the UK

Despite various opt-outs from European directives, Britain has now greater protection for workers than ever before. In principle, the UK could, on leaving the EU, retain all the employment rights and practices established through her long membership. There are, however, many risks that Brexit poses for employment relations, writes David Marsden (LSE).

In principle, Britain could, on leaving the EU, retain all the […]

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    Jeremy is for turning: Labour’s Liverpool conference marks a clear repositioning of the left on Brexit

Jeremy is for turning: Labour’s Liverpool conference marks a clear repositioning of the left on Brexit

The recent Labour conference in Liverpool marked a clear repositioning of the party in the Brexit debate. There has been a clear shift in how the British left sees the UK’s future relationship with Europe, writes Angelos Angelou (LSE). The left just created an opening for a second referendum that could potentially reverse the previous one. As it turns out, on Europe, Jeremy […]

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    Londoners and the rest: how and why geography divides Britons’ political influence

Londoners and the rest: how and why geography divides Britons’ political influence

The extent of discontent with established politics in the UK has been laid bare in recent years. One popular explanation puts geography centre stage, positing a divide between Londoners’ relative contentment and the angry North. Lawrence McKay (University of Manchester) shows that the regional divides are real, accounting for key factors such as class, education and age.

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    Let’s hope we find out what Labour means when it acknowledges a need for a second vote

Let’s hope we find out what Labour means when it acknowledges a need for a second vote

Before and during its party conference the Labour Party may have encouraged confusion on the question of “a fresh referendum”, even if they have now found the right way forward, writes Jennifer Hornsby. She goes on to explain that a referendum without a Remain option is diametrically opposed to the one sought by the vast majority of those who brought […]

September 27th, 2018|Featured, UK politics|7 Comments|
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    Brexit has become unnegotiable. Theresa May has a constitutional duty to admit that truth

Brexit has become unnegotiable. Theresa May has a constitutional duty to admit that truth

The informal Salzburg summit has driven home the bitter truth behind the Brexit saga. It has become unnegotiable. Mrs May now has a constitutional duty to admit that truth. There is no positive outcome that is equally acceptable to the EU and to the UK, argues Jolyon Howorth.

The British people, who voted in a narrow majority to leave the EU, […]

September 25th, 2018|Featured, UK politics|85 Comments|
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    May’s Brexit luck looks like running out at Westminster this autumn

May’s Brexit luck looks like running out at Westminster this autumn

Theresa May’s strategy of procrastination and ambiguity is about to run out, writes Jim Gallagher (University of Glasgow). While she may, even after Salzburg, be able to agree a form of words with Brussels, the fudge involved is now so transparent it is unlikely to satisfy enough MPs to get the deal through Parliament. This makes a disorderly exit – or […]

The people’s vote is not the answer to the Brexit riddle

Momentum seems to be building for a people’s vote on Brexit. Phil Syrpis (University of Bristol) argues that it will not provide the answer to Brexit – whether or not the government secures a deal with the EU. Rather, he argues that the calls for a people’s vote are distracting campaigners from making the case for the outcomes they really want.
Numerous people […]

Brexit is re-making the UK’s constitution under our noses

New Brexit-based rules are likely to impact on devolution. There is serious danger that is re-making the UK’s constitution under our noses, writes Daniel Wincott (Cardiff University). 

The territorial constitution is particularly fragile. Pursuing Brexit, Theresa May’s government has stumbled into deep questions about devolution. The territorial politics of Brexit is a bewildering mix of ignorance, apparent disdain, confrontation, cooperation and […]

September 17th, 2018|Featured, UK politics|6 Comments|