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    Contrary to popular opinion, there is no populist upsurge in Britain

Contrary to popular opinion, there is no populist upsurge in Britain

Given how often we use the term, we need to be more accurate about who and what we deem populist, writes Luke March. He defines the term and argues that, contrary to what many claim, there is no populist upsurge in the UK.

It has become a standard cliché that populism, like communism before it, is the ‘spectre’ haunting Europe. There is allegedly a populist […]

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    If the UK wants to cut immigration, it must change its model of capitalism

If the UK wants to cut immigration, it must change its model of capitalism

The British economy is structurally dependent on migrant workers because it is lightly regulated and depends heavily on domestic demand, write Alexandre Afonso and Camilla Devitt. They explain why less immigration will require a greater role for the state.

The desire to lower immigration was one of the main drivers behind the Brexit vote. Now, Theresa May’s cabinet has signalled […]

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    The Brexit talks aren’t just about power, they’re about legitimacy – and the UK urgently needs a vision for the future

The Brexit talks aren’t just about power, they’re about legitimacy – and the UK urgently needs a vision for the future

Coverage of the Brexit negotiations often focuses on the relative bargaining power of the UK and the EU as they seek to reach a new agreement following Britain’s withdrawal. Andrew Glencross highlights that although bargaining power is central to the negotiations, power is a function of legitimacy, and if the UK is to reach a genuinely good Brexit deal it will have […]

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    Britain’s approach to Brexit is a textbook example of failed strategic thinking

Britain’s approach to Brexit is a textbook example of failed strategic thinking

Prime Minister Theresa May’s speech in Florence was intended to move forward stalled Brexit negotiations. But as Tim Oliver (LSE/EUI) argues, Britain has found itself running into numerous problems with Brexit because its strategy for exiting the EU has been a textbook example of failed strategic thinking.

It’s said that in the First World War the Germans viewed the British troops […]

Brexit and the mainstreaming of the British far right

In an extract from his new book English Uprising: Brexit and the Mainstreaming of the Far Right, Paul Stocker (Teesside University) looks at the role Vote Leave’s inaccurate claim that Turkey was about to join the EU, and its ‘Breaking Point’ poster, had on the tone of the referendum campaign. It sought to link immigration with terrorism, and in particular with […]

Red lines and compromises: how flexible is public opinion about Brexit negotiations?

The heated nature of the public discourse around Brexit suggests that the British public are not in a compromising mood, but is there evidence to back this up? Lindsay Richards and Anthony Heath (Nuffield College, Oxford) set out to discover what people think about the various aspects of the EU negotiations. Where are people more willing to compromise and what do […]

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    Theresa May’s Florence speech and Northern Ireland: subtle change?

Theresa May’s Florence speech and Northern Ireland: subtle change?

Northern Ireland was barely mentioned in Theresa May’s Florence speech. For many commentators, it was an opportunity for the UK government to provide more detail about its plans for the Irish border. Media and academic reactions to the Florence speech were negative. However, as regards Northern Ireland, there were subtle differences in the language used writes Etain Tannam (Trinity College Dublin). 

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The EU referendum was gerrymandered

In an extract from his new book, Democracy and Its Crisis, AC Grayling (New College of the Humanities) argues that MPs were made aware the referendum result was non-binding. In addition, the franchise deliberately excluded groups with a direct interest in the result. Only 37% of those eligible to vote in the referendum backed Brexit. The EU referendum, he […]

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    Cross-party agreement on the Brexit process is a triumph for the British left

Cross-party agreement on the Brexit process is a triumph for the British left

May’s speech confirms cross-party agreement on process. Richard Johnson (Lancaster University) argues that the left should be declaring triumph: the Conservative prime minister affirmed her commitment to restoring democratic control to vast areas of our national economy. 

Theresa May has provided final confirmation that Labour and the Conservatives agree on the Brexit process. The position which Theresa May set out in her speech in […]

September 27th, 2017|Featured, UK politics|2 Comments|
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    May said nothing new that was positive regarding the Irish dimension of Brexit

May said nothing new that was positive regarding the Irish dimension of Brexit

The Irish Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, has responded to Theresa May’s Florence speech by saying it was a ‘genuine attempt to move things along’ and commending her request for a transition period as ‘a step in the right direction’. These were generous words, argues David Phinnemore (Queen’s University Belfast).

On the Irish dimension to Brexit – the focus of a dedicated ‘dialogue’ alongside […]

September 25th, 2017|Featured, UK politics|7 Comments|