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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 […]

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    Where industry is strong and where it’s weak – key facts of UK business geography

Where industry is strong and where it’s weak – key facts of UK business geography

Financial services aren’t as London-centric as the creative industries, and the coast-inland divide is growing, write Sandra Bernick, Richard Davies, and Anna Valero.

The UK’s financial services industry is not nearly as London-centric as the creative industries. Rather than the South East of England being the country’s productivity engine, it is a band stretching west from the capital along the […]

How other Europeans assess the dangers of leaving the EU

Public support for the EU rose after the referendum, while Jean-Claude Juncker has painted a starry picture of the Union’s prospects without Britain. In effect, writes Catherine E De Vries, the UK is a guinea pig for Eurosceptics on the rest of the continent. Consequently, national leaders have every incentive to make Brexit as arduous as possible for the […]

How bad will Brexit really be for the UK?

Long-term forecasts claiming that leaving the EU with no deal on trade would be economically disastrous undermine the UK’s optimal negotiating strategy, writes Graham Gudgin. He points out significant flaws in such forecasts and shows why the estimates they table cannot be accepted as accurate.

The great majority of the economic forecasts have concluded that Brexit will damage the UK economy. […]

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    Is UK economy really as strong as the government says it is?

Is UK economy really as strong as the government says it is?

The British economic model needs fundamental reform, without which the UK will remain in a particularly weak position – one that is only exacerbated by the challenges of Brexit. Grace Blakeley draws on IPPR’s latest report to explain why, despite the headline figures on employment and growth, the reality is different.

As the UK negotiates to leave the European Union, […]

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    Until government releases its Brexit analyses, the data available suggests we are better off in the EU

Until government releases its Brexit analyses, the data available suggests we are better off in the EU

The government has refused to publish its sector-by-sector analyses of the impact of Brexit, arguing that releasing them they would undermine its negotiating position. Molly Scott Cato says businesspeople trying to plan for the future have a right to know what the likely effects of leaving the EU will be.

It was, I thought, a fairly reasonable request, for an MEP […]