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    A citizens’ assembly is the best way out of the Brexit mess

A citizens’ assembly is the best way out of the Brexit mess

The ways out of the Brexit mess are now becoming clearer, writes Charles Turner (Warwick). Assuming that, in this parliamentary democracy, the non-choice between May’s deal and no deal can be avoided, there seem to be five alternatives. The best one, however, would be to organise a citizens’ assembly, he argues.

MPs can indeed pass Theresa May’s deal against their better […]

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    Production of immobility? What will settled status do well, what it will do badly and whom it will fail

Production of immobility? What will settled status do well, what it will do badly and whom it will fail

Less than one hundred days away from exiting the European Union, European citizens living in the UK stand to lose many rights associated with freedom of movement. We are witnessing the ‘hostile environment’ creeping into the new settlement scheme process. Despite reassurances that the settlement scheme is more flexible than the permanent residence one, and the rhetoric that […]

December 27th, 2018|Featured, UK politics|1 Comment|

The time has come to revoke Article 50

It’s time to revoke Article 50, writes Phil Syrpis (University of Bristol). Westminster has yet to see it, but it will not be long before the reality becomes impossible to avoid. Unless something is agreed, the UK will leave the EU on 29 March with no deal.

While attention was focused on the travails of Theresa May – who on 12 […]

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    What party competition in England will look like after European Parliament elections end

What party competition in England will look like after European Parliament elections end

European Parliament elections may not have been popular, but they used proportional representation – something which England’s national elections lack. Heinz Brandenburg (University of Strathclyde) looks at what this means for smaller parties, which have a hard time making headway under the first-past-the-post system.
One of the few certainties about Brexit is that the UK will cease to participate in European Parliament […]

December 19th, 2018|Featured, UK politics|1 Comment|
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    No-confidence vote may help May overcome her domestic opposition

No-confidence vote may help May overcome her domestic opposition

Benjamin Martill argues the no-confidence vote brought by Tory backbenchers may help Theresa May overcome some of her domestic opposition, although the barriers to the withdrawal agreement passing Parliament will remain high: the EU will not reopen negotiations and the parliamentary arithmetic is still unlikely to add up.

Theresa May had looked all but certain to lose the parliamentary vote […]

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    A way out of the Brexit chaos? Parliament should install a national government

A way out of the Brexit chaos? Parliament should install a national government

Is there a way out of the Brexit chaos, asks Iain Begg (LSE)? With still no solution in sight for Brexit, the time has come for a more imaginative approach, he writes. The UK’s politicians need to look beyond partisan positions and tactical manoeuvring to find a way of reconciling the many trade-offs – democratic as well as economic – […]

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    A second referendum: what question to ask – and when to do it?

A second referendum: what question to ask – and when to do it?

The current position in the UK with regard to Brexit is said to be a constitutional crisis. Andrea Biondi and Maria Kendrick (Kings College London) consider two of the most fundamental issues (the others being informatively discussed by the Constitution Unit) affecting the legal viability of holding such a referendum: the question and the timescale.

The Withdrawal Agreement was due to […]

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    Parliament should reject Brexit in the name of animal welfare

Parliament should reject Brexit in the name of animal welfare

Great Britain has a proud history of animal protection. UK animal welfare institutions and laws have been emulated throughout the world. As a member of the EU, the UK has used its economic and political clout to ban veal crates, barren battery cages and regulate sow stalls across a market of 510 million people. Parliament should reject Brexit and call […]

December 11th, 2018|Featured, UK politics|2 Comments|
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    Losing the ‘Europeanisation’ meta-narrative for modernising British democracy

Losing the ‘Europeanisation’ meta-narrative for modernising British democracy

Despite claims of Britain’s enduring political and constitutional distinctiveness, in the period from 1997 to 2016 the UK in fact modernised its polity by following several strong ‘Europeanisation’ trends. Increasingly, British democracy came to resemble other European liberal democracies in some fundamental ways. Yet now this meta-narrative may be lost following Brexit. Patrick Dunleavy (LSE) explores some implications of the […]

LSE Continental Breakfast 15: the ‘meaningful vote’

The latest in the series of LSE Continental Breakfasts – discussions held under Chatham House rules – tackled the issue of the Commons’ role in Brexit, and the ‘meaningful vote’ in particular. Oliver Garner (European University Institute) reports on the event.

On 25 November 2018, the European Council endorsed the Withdrawal Agreement between the UK and the EU – concluding the European […]