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    The Prime Minister’s Brexit deal will face its biggest test in Parliament – here are some tools for her (and her opponents)

The Prime Minister’s Brexit deal will face its biggest test in Parliament – here are some tools for her (and her opponents)

Brexit negotiations are entering the end game. The Prime Minister’s Brexit deal will face its biggest test in Parliament, writes Joe Owen (Institute for Government). He outlines multiple scenarios in which this process may unfold, and provides a selection of political options for both the Prime Minister and her opponents, while admitting that it is Parliament that will have […]

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    Sinn Fein and the prospect of a hard Brexit: time to drop Abstentionism

Sinn Fein and the prospect of a hard Brexit: time to drop Abstentionism

Sinn Fein’s presence in the Commons would help focus the government’s mind on the consequences of a hard Brexit for Northern Ireland, writes Sean Swan. The very real prospect of a hard border means the time has come for Sinn Fein to decide whether it is playing the game of politics or not.

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    The roots of Brexit lie in Britain’s broken economic model: we now urgently need a new social settlement

The roots of Brexit lie in Britain’s broken economic model: we now urgently need a new social settlement

The roots of Brexit lie in Britain’s broken growth model. This was acknowledged in the immediate aftermath of the 2016 vote but British negotiators have since acted as if the only goal in their dealings with the EU is to preserve the status quo. Chris Bickerton (Cambridge) argues that Britain’s consumption-driven growth model needs to change and whilst Brexit […]

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    UK financial power after Brexit: understanding the country’s external balance sheets

UK financial power after Brexit: understanding the country’s external balance sheets

Mona Ali argues that the UK’s financial position is reflected in its ‘balance of payment’ dynamics. Here she compares the UK’s external balance sheets with those of the US, and explores the potential implications of Brexit for the country’s politico-economic future. She explains why Brexit is likely to leave the economy adrift for quite some time.

Few nations have been […]

August 22nd, 2018|Featured, UK politics|1 Comment|
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    Brexit’s epicentre: London’s financial services sector and its place in the UK economy

Brexit’s epicentre: London’s financial services sector and its place in the UK economy

Developments in London’s financial district help us understand the precise form that Brexit will take, argues Sarah Hall (University of Nottingham). She explains why London is distinct to the rest of the UK and writes that, as companies threaten to move to other European cities in anticipation of a ‘no deal’, the government’s decision making is still not reflecting […]

A second referendum is clearly possible

Two years on from the Brexit vote, the benefits of a second referendum are being hotly debated. In this post, Jess Sargeant, Alan Renwick and Meg Russell (Constitution Unit) identify seven questions that should be considered before parliament decides whether a second Brexit referendum will take place.

A recent Sky poll suggested that 50% of the public would favour a three-way referendum on the UK’s future […]

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    British business has no party: it fears Brexit almost as much as it fears socialism

British business has no party: it fears Brexit almost as much as it fears socialism

For years, the binary between left and right when it comes to business matters in British politics meant that the Conservatives were predominantly supported by that sector. Contemporary British politics, however, has become very difficult for British business, writes Iain McMenamin (Dublin City University). Today, both main parties have taken up positions which are distressing for British business, which is now […]

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    The British political tradition has never been more vulnerable

The British political tradition has never been more vulnerable

Never before has the British political tradition been more contested, write Matthew Hall, David Marsh, and Emma Vines. They explain that British democracy is facing three major challenges – Scottish independence, Brexit, and anti-politics – and these have the potential to force change on an otherwise stale political establishment.

British politics is in a state of flux; yet for all the […]

Enough magical thinking. The silly season must stop here

Britain has only a couple of months left to decide on its future relationship with the EU. Phil Syrpis (University of Bristol) says it is time for both the government and the opposition to level with the public about the choices involved. The coarse sloganeering of the past two years will lead to a destructive Brexit unless politicians get […]

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    A paler shade of grey? It is hard to see how any in-between version of Brexit can prevail

A paler shade of grey? It is hard to see how any in-between version of Brexit can prevail

A simple metaphor captures the dilemmas around Brexit: some want white, others want black. To state the blindingly obvious, the two are mutually exclusive. In this post, Iain Begg (LSE) considers the two logically coherent positions on EU membership. It is hard to see how any in-between solution – any shade of grey – can prevail. 

Leaving the EU means, […]