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    Tactical voting in referendums: did SNP’s mixed signals encourage those for independence to vote for Brexit?

Tactical voting in referendums: did SNP’s mixed signals encourage those for independence to vote for Brexit?

Zachary Greene, Jae-Jae Spoon and Christopher Williams argue that some proponents of Scottish independence may have resorted to tactical voting in the EU referendum. They did so in the hope that a Leave win would make a second Independence referendum more likely, responding to hints by SNP leaders to this effect. 

Proponents of direct democracy and referendums often point to […]

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.

Christmas comes sooner that you think […]

What motivated Conservative MPs to back or oppose Brexit?

The Conservative Party’s divisions over the EU are well known. But what motivated MPs to back Leave or Remain? Luke Moore uses logistic regression analysis to consider three key motivations: seeking office, votes, or that particular policy. He explains why all three affected Conservative MPs’ decision making, but that policy- or office-seeking were more prominent.

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    While corporate UK was for Remain, their business strategies tell a different story

While corporate UK was for Remain, their business strategies tell a different story

While corporate UK was strongly opposed to Brexit, their strategies tell a slightly different story, write Michael Mayer, Julia Hautz, Christian Stadler and Richard Whittington. In contrast to their European counterparts, British businesses have long looked for markets primarily outside of Europe.

Always good to start with a confession: we are what Brexiteers call Remoaners. As Michael Bloomberg says, “it […]

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    EU borders: walking backwards from Northern Ireland to Cyprus

EU borders: walking backwards from Northern Ireland to Cyprus

The Good Friday agreement put to rest age-old conflicts on Ireland. It also offered hope that the reunification of Cyprus might be possible within the European Union. But lately, as Stavros Zenios writes, the “Green Line” that divides the easternmost island of the EU is viewed as a template for a soft border at the westernmost island of the Union […]

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    In a liberal democracy, politicians should not interfere in what is taught and by whom

In a liberal democracy, politicians should not interfere in what is taught and by whom

The letter sent by Tory MP Chris Heaton-Harris, soliciting vice-chancellors to provide the names of the lecturers teaching courses on Brexit, sparked a debate on the dividing lines between politics and academic freedom. Kevin Featherstone argues that these boundaries should be clearly set – otherwise the UK could no longer call itself a liberal democracy. 

The furore over a Tory […]

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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 […]

October 28th, 2017|Brexit, Featured|2 Comments|
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    Brexit was not the voice of the working class nor of the uneducated – it was of the squeezed middle

Brexit was not the voice of the working class nor of the uneducated – it was of the squeezed middle

Lorenza Antonucci, Laszlo Horvath, and André Krouwel challenge the popular view of Leave voters as those left behind educationally and financially. They explain why it is individuals from an intermediate class, whose financial position has been declining, that represent an important section of the Brexit vote.

Over the past year or so, Brexit has been interpreted as the symbol of a historical […]