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How ready is the UK for Brexit?: 22%

Much has happened in Brexit negotiations over the past three months. Simeon Djankov reviews his Brexit Readiness Score: updated quarterly, the index tracks the negotiations’ progress in ten components, each scored on a scale from 0 (no progress) to 10 (full readiness). Based on the data available so far, he estimates the UK’s current readiness to be at 22 out of 100 […]

December 27th, 2017|Brexit, Featured|1 Comment|
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    The blue passport is the symbol of all that the UK is giving up in the name of Brexit

The blue passport is the symbol of all that the UK is giving up in the name of Brexit

Theresa May announced that Britain will return to its blue-coloured passport in 2019. Eleanor Knott writes that blue passports are meaningful outside the EU, too. In Moldova, for example, the blue passport symbolises a world in which Moldovans were unable to travel freely. She argues that in the UK, the blue passport is the symbol of all that the country is giving up […]

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    Europe’s ageing societies require immigration to survive – and that means anti-immigration politics is here to stay

Europe’s ageing societies require immigration to survive – and that means anti-immigration politics is here to stay

Opposition to immigration is typically cited as one of the key factors behind Brexit and the growth of new populist parties across Europe. Nate Breznau writes that, with many European countries requiring immigration to compensate for ageing populations, the future is likely to see both a significant increase in immigration and a further rise in the salience of anti-immigration […]

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    It’s still uncertain how the UK will deliver a ‘successful’ fisheries policy after Brexit

It’s still uncertain how the UK will 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’ will only be possible by working with our EU neighbours, and listening to […]

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    Book Review: How to Stop Brexit (and Make Britain Great Again) by Nick Clegg

Book Review: How to Stop Brexit (and Make Britain Great Again) by Nick Clegg

In How to Stop Brexit (and Make Britain Great Again), Nick Clegg offers a short, accessible book seeking to persuade the ambivalent or undecided as to why Brexit should be stopped; to suggest what the average voter can do about it; and to propose an alternative model for relations between Britain and Europe. While this is an engaging and […]

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

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

After threatening to pay nothing to the EU, then conceding €20bn, the 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 – […]

December 2nd, 2017|Brexit, Featured, Iain Begg|3 Comments|
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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 […]

November 25th, 2017|Brexit, Featured, Joel Busher|1 Comment|
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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 […]