UK politics

Kicking the bucket down the road to Norway: EEA is back

Many months after it was ruled out by the government, membership of the European Economic Area (the ‘Norway option’) is being mooted once again. Given Theresa May’s procrastination and the obstacle of the Northern Ireland border, writes Jim Gallagher (Centre on Constitutional Change), it may be that – over time – what is effectively continued economic but not political union is broadly acceptable […]

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    How the Conservatives can use Brexit to improve animal welfare governance – and their image

How the Conservatives can use Brexit to improve animal welfare governance – and their image

Through re-shaping animal welfare policy in light of Brexit, the government has an historic opportunity not only to preserve the UK’s position as a global leader in this area, but also to give the Conservatives a name as a progressive party, writes Steven McCulloch. He explains how the government ought to navigate the matter.

Michael Gove, currently the Minister at […]

A special arrangement for Northern Ireland?

In this blog, Colin Harvey (left) and Nikos Skoutaris outline what could be the special arrangements for Northern Ireland post-Brexit. They claim that formal recognition of the particular circumstances of Northern Ireland by UK government needs to take place in order to safeguard the Good Friday Agreement and the peace process.

The negotiations on Brexit continue and are intensifying. Northern Ireland has […]

Brexit is not inevitable. These are the steps Parliament could take to halt it

Brexit is likely but not inevitable, argues Steve Bullock. He sets out the steps Parliament could take to halt the process, providing that – as senior EU figures have signalled – Article 50 can be revoked.

Only nine months ago the government was still talking about no deal being better than a bad deal. MPs were fighting for a meaningful vote […]

Theresa May is caught between the devil and the DUP

The path being pursued by the DUP in Brexit, says Jonathan Evershed (University College Cork), is not so far from the mainstream of Unionist opinion. 

Theresa May’s pact with the DUP has seen constitutional principle overtaken by electoral contingency and political expediency. On 26th June 2017, the spirit and, some have argued, even the letter of the Good Friday Agreement […]

Leavers have a better understanding of Remainers’ motivations than vice versa

Why did people really vote to Leave or Remain? Noah Carl (Centre for Social Investigation) examines four different polls, and finds that immigration and sovereignty headed Leavers’ reasons – contrary to suggestions that the vote was intended to ‘teach politicians a lesson’. Leavers also proved better at characterising Remainers’ reasons than vice versa – something which may be linked to progressives’ greater […]

The strong economy: how Brexit dishonesty began

Responding to the latest fall in GDP, the Chancellor described the UK economy as ‘strong’ and said it was making ‘significant progress’, blaming bad weather for the drop. Simon Wren-Lewis (Oxford University) says the media have been too ready to accept dishonesty from the government about the state of the economy.

The first quarter growth figures for the UK are […]

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    Brexit and the new localism: how to leverage the competitive advantages of UK cities

Brexit and the new localism: how to leverage the competitive advantages of UK cities

Brexit offers an opportunity to rediscover localism and leverage the competitive advantages of UK cities. Bruce J. Katz and Jeremy Nowak (New Localism Advisors) outline three necessary steps for Brexit to spark true societal reform that empowers cities and regions.

As Brexit negotiations enter a delicate phase, it is urgent to think about innovative ways in which Britain can strengthen its economic […]

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    Baroness Jones: I’m worried about what Brexit means for our rights

Baroness Jones: I’m worried about what Brexit means for our rights

Brexit poses a severe danger to civil liberties. There are many things about the government’s version of the EU Withdrawal Bill that even proponents of Brexit should be worried about, writes Jenny Jones (Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb)

Brexit is turning our world on its head. It will dominate our political, economic and social future. It’s undoubtedly dominating Parliament’s attention at the moment, and […]

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    Demographic trends will pull British public opinion in a pro-European direction

Demographic trends will pull British public opinion in a pro-European direction

In this blog, Rob Ford and Maria Sobolewska (University of Manchester) explain that while no one can predict for certain how the electorate will look in coming years, there are some demographic trends that will influence opinion in future. These changes will tend to pull British public opinion in a pro-European direction, and should be sufficient to produce a majority of 52%-48% for […]