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    Reforming laws on EU free movement will be a headache for any future British government

Reforming laws on EU free movement will be a headache for any future British government

Immigration will be one of the defining issues of the 2015 UK general election. Marley Morris writes that despite Labour, the Conservatives, and the Lib Dems all setting out plans on EU immigration and the access of EU citizens to benefits, it will be exceptionally difficult for any future government to meaningfully reform the rules on freedom of movement.

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How to improve British governance in an ever looser union

Since 1999 and the devolution of power to different regions, it has been important for the four UK administrations to work together and coordinate policies. As Robyn Munro and Akash Paun write, the main political forum for this is the Joint Ministerial Committee. Based on recent research, they set out some of the issues with the JMC and suggest […]

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    British politicians are clearly misreading EU provisions regarding freedom of movement

British politicians are clearly misreading EU provisions regarding freedom of movement

British Prime Minister David Cameron has announced his intention to renegotiate the way EU free movement rules are applied in the UK. Brad Blitz writes that the recent shift in tone from Cameron and other British politicians is not only at odds with previous policies, it reflects a clear misreading of EU provisions regarding the free movement of people. […]

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    The UK’s increasingly hostile approach to immigration is unjust and short-sighted

The UK’s increasingly hostile approach to immigration is unjust and short-sighted

The issue of immigration is expected to play an important role in the campaign for the UK’s next general election in 2015. Ruth Grove-White writes on the effect of policies implemented by the current government to decrease the UK’s overall net migration figures since the last general election in 2010. She argues that the government’s approach has not only been […]

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    Brussels round up: the age gap in British Euroscepticism, Spanish unemployment, and will the latest sanctions against Russia work?

Brussels round up: the age gap in British Euroscepticism, Spanish unemployment, and will the latest sanctions against Russia work?

The EUROPP team take a look at some of the latest developments in Brussels and across Europe

Chart of the week: British Euroscepticism by age group

The polling organisation YouGov has been running a series of polls on British attitudes toward the European Union, with the figures throughout July suggesting that if a referendum were to be held on Britain’s EU […]

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    The UK government must urgently overhaul its EU engagement strategy

The UK government must urgently overhaul its EU engagement strategy

Britain has suffered a number of setbacks in Europe of late, from the passage of financial services regulation it opposed to the recent selection of Jean-Claude Juncker as the next European Commission President. Anthony Salamone argues that the UK’s current approach to the European Union is part of the problem. He suggests the government must develop a new comprehensive […]

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