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How EU membership undermines the left

In a recent article, Peter J Verovsek criticised left-wing supporters of Brexit, claiming that they were backing a ‘statist, nationalist initiative’ that could only benefit the right. Peter Ramsay replies, arguing that it is left-wing Remainers who are stuck in the past and that a fetishism of the supranational and the cosmopolitan is the real problem for the left.

Peter Verovsek reminds […]

October 27th, 2018|Brexit, Featured|3 Comments|
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    The Brexit impasse has already done real damage to what keeps Northern Ireland afloat

The Brexit impasse has already done real damage to what keeps Northern Ireland afloat

Northern Ireland politics has been brought to a standstill by a combination of Brexit politics, a crisis in the Executive over alleged corruption, and sectarianism. Duncan Morrow says little is now propping up Northern Ireland’s institutions. Without a Brexit agreement and commitment to institutional reform, the current impasse already has done real damage to the relationships that keep Northern […]

October 13th, 2018|Brexit, Featured|1 Comment|
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    The power of negative thinking: why perceptions of immigration are resistant to facts

The power of negative thinking: why perceptions of immigration are resistant to facts

Research shows consistently high levels of concern among people in the UK over the scale of immigration and its impact on jobs and services. Drawing on new research on how people use and understand information about the economic impacts of immigration, Heather Rolfe writes there is a tendency to rely on personal accounts rather than on economic statistics.

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    Are we witnessing a ‘deal dividend’ effect on the economy?

Are we witnessing a ‘deal dividend’ effect on the economy?

The latest GDP data for 2018 shows an annual growth of about 1.6%. This may be reflecting expectations of an impending Brexit deal which would greatly reduce policy uncertainty, write Costas Milas and Michael Ellington. But if this growth is indeed conditional on a deal, no deal will result in no dividend.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has just […]

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    European migrants are mostly high-skilled, even if temporarily taking up low-skilled jobs

European migrants are mostly high-skilled, even if temporarily taking up low-skilled jobs

Nauro F. Campos explains that there are many benefits to migration that are hard to gauge from an economic perspective. Central-Eastern European migrants, for example, are known to have significantly higher levels of schooling than that of native workers. These migrants take on unskilled jobs because they know they are temporary, and usually enjoy rapid career progression, he argues.

The long-awaited government report […]

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    Nationalism, racism, and identity: what connects Englishness to a preference for hard Brexit?

Nationalism, racism, and identity: what connects Englishness to a preference for hard Brexit?

Support for Brexit was higher among those who identify as English rather than British, even after accounting for relevant economic factors. But what is it that connects English identity to a preference for Brexit? Anthony Heath and Lindsay Richards outline some key characteristics that go some way in explaining the association.

‘Identity politics’ is a phrase that can be heard […]

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    Brexit and moral foundation framing: the key to a People’s Vote is in Vote Leave’s hands

Brexit and moral foundation framing: the key to a People’s Vote is in Vote Leave’s hands

Will Conservative Brexiteers back another referendum? If so, is it the nature of the argument that will persuade them or who makes it? Eitan Tzelgov and Delia Dumitrescu show that, although views on Brexit are based around moral issues, moral framing alone does not persuade these voters. What does seem to change their minds on a second referendum […]

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    The ‘Exit from Brexit’ illusion: why the Liberal Democrats cannot capture the 48%

The ‘Exit from Brexit’ illusion: why the Liberal Democrats cannot capture the 48%

The days of the 2010 coalition seem a long way away for the Liberal Democrats. Is opposition to Brexit a ticket back to relevance? Can the party make inroads into the core Remain vote? David Cutts and Andrew Russell explain why this strategy, although logical, is unlikely to succeed.

Brighton was the focal point for the latest attempt by the […]