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    All of a sudden Britain has become the slowest growing of the major western economies

All of a sudden Britain has become the slowest growing of the major western economies

All of a sudden Britain has become the slowest growing of the major western economies, and there are increasing concerns about its medium-term outlook. Iain Begg (LSE European Institute) writes that with both government and opposition fixated on what kind of Brexit to favour, there is a growing risk that fundamental and necessary measures to underpin the economy will be neglected.

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    Book Review: Guilty Men (Brexit Edition) by Cato the Younger

Book Review: Guilty Men (Brexit Edition) by Cato the Younger

Brexit is as big and dangerous a mistake as that of appeasement in the 1930s. So argues Cato the Younger in his book Guilty Men: Brexit Edition, reviewed here by Tim Oliver. Taking up the pen of his great grandfather whose 1940 book of the same name destroyed the reputations of those responsible for appeasement, Cato the Younger is […]

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    UKIP giveth and UKIP taketh away: why Brexit may prove an electoral dead end for the Tories

UKIP giveth and UKIP taketh away: why Brexit may prove an electoral dead end for the Tories

Although the Tories gained back votes from UKIP in 2017, their hard Brexit rhetoric also lost them votes to Labour. But if the party softens on Brexit to gain those back, they could once again bleed voters to a resurgent UKIP. Heinz Brandenburg and Anders Widfeldt explain the data behind this dilemma.

If everything had gone to plan, the main […]

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    The referendums of 1975 and 2016 illustrate the continuity and change in British Euroscepticism

The referendums of 1975 and 2016 illustrate the continuity and change in British Euroscepticism

The British public has voted on membership of the EU on two occasions. In 1975, based on a turnout of 64 per cent, two-thirds voted to stay in the EEC, cementing Britain’s place for the next four decades. In 2016, in a closely-fought contest, on a turnout of 72 per cent, 52 per cent of the public voted to […]

Cracks are beginning to appear in British-Irish relations

Since the Brexit referendum, policy-makers’ and academics’ attention has increasingly focused on the impact of Brexit on the border in Ireland, specifically on the impact of a ‘hard’ border. The border issue is obviously highly significant economically and politically and deserves attention. But, as argued by Etain Tannam from Trinity College Dublin, the fundamental importance of the British-Irish relationship is at least as […]

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    No good choices for the British government in the Brexit negotiations

No good choices for the British government in the Brexit negotiations

David Davis has been criticised in some quarters for spending only two hours in Brussels this week negotiating with Michel Barnier before returning hurriedly to London. This criticism is misplaced, writes Brendan Donnelly. As Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, Davis needs to exercise the closest possible control on all the negotiations relating to Brexit. Most of […]

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    Desire for change and rejection of a ‘hard Brexit’ motivated young people in the General Election

Desire for change and rejection of a ‘hard Brexit’ motivated young people in the General Election

A new survey of voters in the recent UK general election has revealed that young voters – those between the ages of 18 and 24 years old – were significantly more motivated by a desire for change, a rejection of the vision of Brexit that the Government was promoting, and frustration with the current political climate than the rest […]

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    Taking back control post-Brexit isn’t about redesigning the democratic system

Taking back control post-Brexit isn’t about redesigning the democratic system

The referendum was all about ‘taking back control’ from Brussels. The idea resonated with voters not only because of migration policy but due to a lack of control over economic and democratic matters, argues Sarah Longlands. With the first anniversary of the referendum, we need to rethink how we approach ‘control’.

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    A U-turn on a hard Brexit should not be entirely disregarded

A U-turn on a hard Brexit should not be entirely disregarded

Britain’s recent General Election and its unanticipated outcome marks the latest chapter in the political turbulence that has characterised the last twelve months since the EU referendum. Tim Oliver argues that the election was not in fact about Brexit, although it does now leave the timing of Brexit in flux. 

 

Much ink has been spilt explaining one of the most unexpected […]

Brexit can be stopped – but the window of opportunity is closing fast

The idea of a vote on the final Brexit deal is an appealing one to Remainers, says Steve Bullock. But by Christmas 2018, after acrimonious negotiations, the rest of the EU may be in no mood to give the UK a second chance. In any case, there would be no time to renegotiate before the 2019 deadline, which would […]