UK politics

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.
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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|
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    Brexit tweets suggest nationalism and austerity – rather than populism – motivated voters

Brexit tweets suggest nationalism and austerity – rather than populism – motivated voters

What do tweets posted in the run-up to the EU referendum reveal about the motivations for the vote? Marco Bastos and Dan Mercea (City, University of London) found that nationalist and economic concerns dominated people’s concerns, but populist sentiments were less apparent. As the referendum got closer, there was an upsurge in globalist tweets.
The political cleavages revealed by the referendum continue to divide the […]

September 13th, 2018|Featured, UK politics|2 Comments|

Why Leavers should favour a second referendum

Should there be a second referendum on EU membership? For obvious reasons, it is Remainers who are leading to call for a second ‘people’s vote’. But there are good arguments for Leavers to favour a second referendum, argues Albert Weale (University College London). It may sound odd, but it is true.

Leave supporters have repeatedly said that the referendum in […]

September 12th, 2018|Featured, UK politics|15 Comments|
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    Will the independence of the Bank of England fall as a consequence of Brexit?

Will the independence of the Bank of England fall as a consequence of Brexit?

Will central bank independence in the UK fall as a consequence of Brexit? As Hjalte Lokdam (LSE) explains, Brexit represents a political shift that is likely to affect the structure of the British governmental apparatus. The role of the executive will undoubtedly be strengthened, and if the already considerable difficulties associated with exiting the EU are compounded by a recession, an either […]

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    The future of the Single Electricity Market on the island of Ireland after Brexit is yet to be agreed on

The future of the Single Electricity Market on the island of Ireland after Brexit is yet to be agreed on

A great deal of attention during the Brexit negotiations has been focused on the issue of the Irish border. However, as Meabh Cormacain writes, Brexit also has important implications for Northern Ireland’s participation in the Single Electricity Market that currently exists across the island of Ireland. She highlights that despite widespread agreement on the importance of the Single Electricity […]

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    Brexit identities play a role in how people view the economy and immigration

Brexit identities play a role in how people view the economy and immigration

There is a divide between how Remainers and Leavers perceive the UK’s economic performance and other policy developments, explain Miriam Sorace and Sara B. Hobolt. A major consequence of this lack of agreement about basic facts is that reaching a consensus on how to navigate Brexit becomes even more complicated.

On the 23 June 2016, UK citizens voted to leave […]

September 6th, 2018|Featured, UK politics|4 Comments|
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    Had austerity not happened, Leave support could have been up to 10% lower

Had austerity not happened, Leave support could have been up to 10% lower

A series of cuts since the Coalition government curtailed the welfare state, activating this way a range of existing economic grievances. As a result, in districts that received the average austerity shock UKIP vote shares were up, compared to districts with little exposure to austerity. Thiemo Fetzer writes that the tight link between UKIP vote shares and an area’s […]

How long would it take to hold a second referendum on Brexit?

With exit day less than seven months away, one of the perceived obstacles to a second Brexit referendum is time. Jess Sargeant, Alan Renwick and Meg Russell (UCL Constitution Unit) discuss the constraints, concluding a new referendum could be held much more quickly than previous polls but a delay to exit day would most likely still be needed.

In order for a referendum to be held […]

September 5th, 2018|Featured, UK politics|5 Comments|

Continental Breakfast 11: fragile politics and trading relationships

Business Europe hosted a panel of LSE experts for a joint seminar with business representatives in Brussels on 25 June 2018 to discuss the current state of Brexit negotiations. Professors Kevin Featherstone and Tony Travers talked about the political situation in the UK, and Professor Paola Conconi and Jan Kleinheisterkamp went on to discuss potential new UK-EU trade relationships. Elsa Leromain (CEP, LSE) […]