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    Forty-five people, two weekends: the Citizens’ Assembly on Brexit

Forty-five people, two weekends: the Citizens’ Assembly on Brexit

The Constitution Unit is leading a team running a Citizens’ Assembly on Brexit, which will meet over two weekends, starting with the weekend of 8–10 September. The Assembly will consist of around 45 UK citizens, selected to reflect the diversity of the UK electorate. Alan Renwick (left) and Rebecca McKee explain how the Assembly will work and what it is hoped will […]

September 1st, 2017|Featured, UK politics|1 Comment|
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    The Economists for Brexit predictions are inconsistent with the basic facts of international trade

The Economists for Brexit predictions are inconsistent with the basic facts of international trade

There is a degree of consensus among economists that a Brexit will make us worse off. The exception is recent work by Economists for Brexit. Their forecast of income gains from Brexit contrasts with all other economic analysis, explain Thomas Sampson, Swati Dhingra, Gianmarco Ottaviano and John Van Reenen.

The possibility of the UK leaving the European Union (EU) has […]

What does respecting the referendum result mean?

 The Leave campaign – just like Donald Trump’s bid for the presidency – was based on a false prospectus. To respect the referendum result means to accept this as normal, writes Simon Wren-Lewis (Oxford University). It is not. Those who voted for a fall in immigration and more money for the NHS will not get them. That is why it […]

Long read: Brexit is a prize within reach for the British left

The left wing of British politics would benefit significantly from Brexit – even more than the right would do, says Richard Tuck (Harvard) in an edited extract from his recent lecture at Policy Exchange. Only outside the EU could Labour enact the radical socialist programme that has gained so much support. Jeremy Corbyn must hold his nerve and resist pressure […]

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    The UK position paper on Northern Ireland and Ireland is both conciliatory and vague

The UK position paper on Northern Ireland and Ireland is both conciliatory and vague

Etain Tannam, from Trinity College Dublin, gives her first impressions on the UK Position Paper on Northern Ireland and Ireland. She contends that while it represents a cross-cutting consensus on certain aspects of the Irish border (including the Good Friday Agreement), it is vague about exactly how the border will be managed and it seems to attempt to link resolving the border issue with EU agreement to the UK’s […]

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    Practice makes perfect: how the Leave campaigns dominated Twitter in the EU referendum

Practice makes perfect: how the Leave campaigns dominated Twitter in the EU referendum

Twitter was a crucial campaigning platform ahead of Brexit. Simon Usherwood looks at its use by campaigners and places their efforts in a broader context. He explains that since the 1970s, politicians did not actively promote the benefits of being in the EU, leaving it to eurosceptics to promote their own agenda. This focus meant that in 2016, those […]

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    UK government’s customs position paper fails to answer key questions

UK government’s customs position paper fails to answer key questions

The UK government’s new position paper on future customs arrangements sets out its objectives for how goods trade with the EU will be governed following Brexit. However, as Thomas Sampson from the LSE’s Centre for Economic Performance outlines below, the proposal is incomplete and leaves unanswered five key questions about the UK’s position.

The most welcome aspect of the paper is its acknowledgement of the desirability of […]

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    The British are indifferent about many aspects of Brexit, but Leave and Remain voters are divided on several key issues

The British are indifferent about many aspects of Brexit, but Leave and Remain voters are divided on several key issues

While the public have voted to leave the EU, it is less clear what that means in terms of policies around key aspects of EU membership. Sara Hobolt and Thomas Leeper (LSE) examined public opinion on various dimensions of Brexit using an innovative technique for revealing preferences that asks survey respondents to evaluate bundles of negotiation outcomes. Their results suggest that while the […]

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    The UK needs to come up with flexible and imaginative solutions for the Irish border

The UK needs to come up with flexible and imaginative solutions for the Irish border

We can’t be completely clear about the post-Brexit Irish border until we know the nature of the future trade arrangement between the UK and the EU. Katy Hayward (Queen’s University Belfast) considers how the three most likely scenarios would translate into trade relations and the nature of the border between Britain and Ireland.

The European Council has given an unusual playing […]

Leaving the Single Market will tear apart Britain’s economy – and Jeremy Corbyn will perish with it

In even thinking about leaving the EU Single Market, the UK is heading full steam towards an iceberg of historic proportions. This will tear apart the British economy and bring Labour down with it unless Jeremy Corbyn changes course, writes Matthew L Bishop. 

We are plausibly living through the endgame of a neoliberalism that has drastically over-reached itself. The great value of Corbynism is […]