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What do Scots think about Brexit and the EU?

Scotland voted to Remain, but is it really less Eurosceptic than the rest of the UK? Ian Montagu looks at public opinion and finds underlying views do not differ greatly. Nor has Brexit markedly altered the debate about independence, despite dissatisfaction with the Conservatives’ handling of the negotiations.

On 23 June 2016, voters in Scotland were asked to decide on a […]

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    The UK needs to clarify what ‘full regulatory alignment’ means before the next phase of the Brexit talks

The UK needs to clarify what ‘full regulatory alignment’ means before the next phase of the Brexit talks

In December, EU leaders agreed to move to the next stage of the Brexit talks, but there is still a degree of uncertainty over the issue of the Irish border. Anthony Costello argues that among the most pressing concerns is the need to define the UK’s commitment to have ‘regulatory alignment’ with the EU following Brexit. It is still […]

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    EU citizens in Britain are already being stigmatised – and it’s likely to get worse

EU citizens in Britain are already being stigmatised – and it’s likely to get worse

After the Brexit vote, a ‘silent majority’ was revealed, whereby those prejudiced against EU immigrants now felt they could express those views freely. But discrimination is not only the result of bigotry, writes Thomas Roulet. He explains the many ways EU citizens are already being stigmatised in Britain, and how such treatment may progressively lead to an erosion of […]

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The Brexit-sized hole in the future EU budget

The UK is a net contributor to the EU budget. Following Brexit, the loss of UK contributions will therefore likely require either a reduction in overall spending, or for the remaining member states to pay more into the budget. Iain Begg explains the impact this shortfall might have as the EU seeks to negotiate its next Multi-annual Financial Framework.

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    ‘We don’t exist to them, do we?’: Why working-class people voted for Brexit

‘We don’t exist to them, do we?’: Why working-class people voted for Brexit

Working-class people were more likely to vote for Brexit. However, Lisa Mckenzie takes issue with the notion that these people were simply ‘turkeys voting for Christmas’. They saw Brexit, with all the uncertainties it would bring, as an alternative to the status quo. Deindustrialisation and austerity have taken a heavy toll on working-class communities – one which the middle-class often fails to grasp.

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    Brexit and fishing: How can the UK deliver a ‘successful’ fisheries policy after Brexit?

Brexit and fishing: How can the UK deliver a ‘successful’ fisheries policy after Brexit?

Halfway through the Brexit negotiations and delivering on the promises made to voters in the run up to the Brexit vote with regards to fishing remains an incredibly tough task. Richard Barnes, Chris Williams, Bryce Stewart, Bethan O’Leary, Thomas Appleby, and Griffin Carpenter write that ‘success’ for the UK will only be possible by working with its EU neighbours, and […]

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    What does the breakthrough in the Brexit negotiations mean for higher education?

What does the breakthrough in the Brexit negotiations mean for higher education?

EU leaders agreed to move to the next stage of the Brexit negotiations at a European Council meeting on 15 December. Anne Corbett and Claire Gordon assess what the breakthrough in the negotiations might mean for the future of higher education and research following Brexit. They note that the agreement has been welcomed by higher education leaders in the […]

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    May’s Irish dilemma is a precursor of even more intractable dilemmas of Brexit to come

May’s Irish dilemma is a precursor of even more intractable dilemmas of Brexit to come

Those who wished the UK to leave the EU fell into two quite different camps: those who wanted Brexit to mark a decisive break in the economic and social life of the United Kingdom; and those who wanted Brexit to take place with minimal social and economic disruption. Brendan Donnelly argues that this division is at the heart of the […]

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    Why the Republic and Northern Ireland need shared regulatory frameworks

Why the Republic and Northern Ireland need shared regulatory frameworks

On 4 December, the UK and the EU failed to reach an agreement to move on to the next stage of the Brexit talks, with reports suggesting the Democratic Unionist Party had refused to accept proposed concessions on the Irish border. Anand Menon explains why there are strong reasons for shared regulatory frameworks on both sides of the Irish […]

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    Expect a backlash if the £50bn offer doesn’t move the Brexit negotiations on

Expect a backlash if the £50bn offer doesn’t move the Brexit negotiations on

After threatening to pay nothing to the EU, then conceding £20bn, the UK government has finally indicated it will pay a Brexit ‘divorce bill’ of £40-50bn. The initial reaction from Eurosceptics has been rather muted, writes Iain Begg. But if the European Council does not allow exit negotiations to move to the next stage, we can expect a serious backlash […]

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    Brits in Spain: four broad Brexit narratives (though sometimes it’s best to avoid the topic)

Brits in Spain: four broad Brexit narratives (though sometimes it’s best to avoid the topic)

At least 300,000 Britons live in Spain. Joel Busher has spoken to a number of those in Mallorca and the Costa Blanca about their views and feelings for a British Academy-funded project about their Brexit journeys. He identifies four main narratives, which range from optimism and confidence about life post-Brexit to dismay and anger. Many are careful about what they say […]

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    Article 50 does allow Britain to negotiate a transitional period

Article 50 does allow Britain to negotiate a transitional period

Theresa May intends to negotiate a transitional period after March 2019, during which people, businesses and services would have time to adapt to Brexit while the current regulatory framework is maintained. But it is still unclear how Britain will do this. Federico Ortino and Holger Hestermeyer argue that as far as the legal picture is concerned, Article 50 does allow the UK to postpone the […]

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Will Christmas come early in the Brexit negotiations?

Michel Barnier has indicated that the UK has two weeks left to make concessions if the Brexit negotiations are to advance to the next stage at the December European Council meeting. Simon Usherwood writes that the next fortnight is set to be critical in determining whether the UK and EU are ready to make progress in settling their evolving relationship.

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    The internal contradictions of the Brexit project are unbridgeable

The internal contradictions of the Brexit project are unbridgeable

In his recent testimony to the House of Lords, Sir Ivan Rogers criticised as premature and ill-prepared the Prime Minister’s triggering last March of Article 50. Brendan Donnelly argues that this is unfair to Theresa May. No different date for the beginning of the Brexit negotiations could or would have rendered them any less painful for the British participants. And […]

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    The reluctant role model: Why Britain (usually) obeys the European Court of Human Rights

The reluctant role model: Why Britain (usually) obeys the European Court of Human Rights

Despite often complaining about the existence of the European Court of Human Rights, the UK has one of the strongest compliance records in the Court’s 47-country system. Zoë Jay explains how the UK’s conceptions of human rights protection shape its willingness to comply with the Court’s rulings.

European Court of Human Rights, Credit: Emiliano (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)
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    The Brexit vote has caused a significant rise in UK prices, especially food

The Brexit vote has caused a significant rise in UK prices, especially food

Since Britain’s EU referendum, UK inflation has risen faster than that of the Eurozone. Price rises have varied across sectors, but as Josh De Lyon, Swati Dhingra, and Stephen Machin show, the rise in the growth rate of food prices has been particularly pronounced. As a result, real wage growth in the UK has again turned negative. 

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    Most British MPs used to avoid tweeting about the EU, leaving Eurosceptics to fill the gap

Most British MPs used to avoid tweeting about the EU, leaving Eurosceptics to fill the gap

There was a time when the topic of the EU had little salience in British politics. Resul Umit presents an analysis of tweets by MPs in Ireland, Westminster and the devolved governments in 2014-15, highlighting that few tweeted much about EU affairs, especially if they were in unsafe seats. He argues that this allowed Eurosceptic politicians to fill the gap and effectively ‘own’ the […]

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    Survey evidence: Europeans support the EU’s hard line in the Brexit negotiations

Survey evidence: Europeans support the EU’s hard line in the Brexit negotiations

The British government has been frustrated by the hard negotiating line pursued by the EU under the lead of Michel Barnier, and the unusual degree of unity in supporting the EU’s Brexit negotiation strategy has surprised quite a few observers. Drawing on recent survey evidence, Stefanie Walter reflects on the Brexit process through EU-27 eyes, and concludes that by and large Europeans […]

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    Brussels may have agreed to accelerate the Brexit negotiations – but Merkel’s priorities lie elsewhere

Brussels may have agreed to accelerate the Brexit negotiations – but Merkel’s priorities lie elsewhere

At her meetings in Brussels this week, Theresa May and the European Commission agreed to ‘accelerate’ the stalled Brexit negotiations. But, as John Ryan writes, after a bruising election result, Angela Merkel will be preoccupied with coalition talks until Christmas. The UK should not expect major concessions from Germany, which knows its principal interest is in preserving the Single Market.

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    The gaffe that keeps on taking: How to break the deadlock over Britain’s EU divorce bill

The gaffe that keeps on taking: How to break the deadlock over Britain’s EU divorce bill

The size of the ‘divorce bill’ the UK will pay following its exit from the EU remains one of the key sticking points in the Brexit negotiations. Iain Begg writes that despite the apparent deadlock over the issue, it would not take much to reach a compromise. He suggests that extending the idea of an implementation phase to the […]

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