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    There May be trouble ahead: post-EU referendum instability will keep afflicting the UK

There May be trouble ahead: post-EU referendum instability will keep afflicting the UK

In advance of the election, Theresa May claimed that a resounding victory would enhance her bargaining position in the coming negotiations with the EU. Andrew Blick (King’s College London and the Federal Trust) has long argued that the size of the UK  government majority would not be a preeminent concern for the EU, and would not in itself lead to their […]

Acrimonious and divisive: the role the media played in Brexit

Britain’s media is highly partisan, and this was more apparent than ever in the run-up to the EU referendum. In this extract from a report on media coverage of the campaign, Martin Moore (left) and Gordon Ramsay explain how the Leave campaign styled Remain’s warnings about the effects of Brexit as ‘Project Fear’, accusing ‘experts’ arguing for the status quo of self-interest […]

Off the top of your head: LSE vox pop on Brexit

LSESU Politics and Forum Society have asked LSE students what they think about Brexit. How has the government handled it so far? How has the vote affected student’s lives? Should Scotland become independent as a result? Should there be a second EU Referendum?

LSESU Politics & Forum is LSESU’s official politics society. The society was created by merging the lsesu forum (LSESU’s Best New […]

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    Not punishment or revenge, but stone-cold sober calculations: the EU will drive a hard bargain

Not punishment or revenge, but stone-cold sober calculations: the EU will drive a hard bargain

Having triggered Article 50 of the EU Treaty, the British government officially kicked off the Brexit negotiations on March 29. Until today, both parties pretended not to give in and instead promised a tough negotiation strategy. Game theory offers one way of testing the reliability of these claims and allowing the negotiations to be seen for what they […]

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    In some respects the Brexit referendum was a violation of human rights

In some respects the Brexit referendum was a violation of human rights

In some respects the Brexit referendum itself was a violation of human rights, argues Adrian Low.  Three substantial groups were denied the opportunity to vote when inclusion of any two of those groups would almost certainly have reversed the result.  Rational democratic decision-making was negated by a campaign of exaggeration and lies and unnecessary last-minute poll predictions encouraged complacency […]

January 30th, 2017|Uncategorized|61 Comments|

Post-Brexit trade can thrive under WTO rules

Prime Minster Theresa May gave a speech on 17 January in which she provided further information on the arrangements for Brexit. After Brexit, the UK will no longer be in the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice (ECJ). The UK will, once again, take full control of its own laws and the Single Market altogether. The UK will […]

Trump and Brexit are results of a dysfunction of democracy

2016 in many ways appeared to ring the death knell for liberal democracies. Manjeet Ramgotra explores why the outcomes of the UK referendum and US elections were so close and the implications for democracy and liberal values.

 

The year 2016 has changed the political landscapes of Europe and the United States of America.  The United Kingdom rejected its longstanding membership in the European Union […]

January 25th, 2017|Uncategorized|2 Comments|
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    In the wake of the Brexit vote social democrats must recognize capitalism as a source of injustice

In the wake of the Brexit vote social democrats must recognize capitalism as a source of injustice

Despite the threat of populist nationalists seizing the day in the maelstrom of Brexit, the British centre-left has refused to reconsider its basic understanding of European capitalism. Douglas Voigt argues that for Europe’s sake, social democrats must recognise this economic system as the very source of injustice.

Since June 23, this obstinacy is reflected in the contrast relentlessly expressed by figures in […]

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    Brexit is not the will of the British people – it never has been

Brexit is not the will of the British people – it never has been

The referendum vote for Brexit was clear: the electorate was 46,501,241, Leave was 17,410,742 and Remain was 16,141,241. The UK public actually did not, does not and will not want a Brexit in the foreseeable future. Adrian Low makes this argument by analysing the post-referendum polls and demographic trends.

The difference between leave and remain was 3.8 percent or 1.3 million in favour […]

October 24th, 2016|Uncategorized|458 Comments|

Spatial models help explain how hard Brexit negotiations will be – but still miss vital factors

Can a spatial model help us to understand the complexity and difficulty of the Brexit negotiations from Britain’s point of view? Chris Hanretty maps the possible outcomes and goes on to explain their limitations – namely timing (the two-year deadline once Article 50 is triggered), texture (the possibility of compromise) and bargaining power.
I’ve previously argued that Brexit negotiations will […]