British and Irish Politics and Policy

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    Is the government changing its stance towards asylum seekers? Don’t hold your breath

Is the government changing its stance towards asylum seekers? Don’t hold your breath

Olivia Bridge discusses the latest changes in government policy on matters concerning asylum seekers. She argues that far from improving the currently insufficient and controversial system, the government appears to have no desire to step down from its hostile environment policy.

The UK is currently experiencing an unprecedented rise in support for asylum seekers: 47% Britons believe refugees ought to […]

Ending UK involvement in torture: lip service is not enough

The Intelligence and Security Committee recently published its report on British involvement in torture up to 2010 and as part of the ‘war on terror’. Ruth Blakeley and Sam Raphael comment on the report, and explain how the government must respond in order to comply with its human rights obligations.

The long-delayed reports of the UK Parliament’s Intelligence and Security […]

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    Helen Pankhurst on how far women’s rights have come since the suffragettes

Helen Pankhurst on how far women’s rights have come since the suffragettes

Women are still fighting for equality, despite huge progress since the suffragette campaigns. How far have we still to go and how might we get there? Helen Pankhurst draws on her new book to provide some answers.

How far have women’s rights come since the battles on the streets of London between the political establishment and the suffragettes? How far since […]

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    Work and social norms: why we need to challenge the centrality of employment in society

Work and social norms: why we need to challenge the centrality of employment in society

Why do the unemployed often suffer from poor physical health and wellbeing? Daniel Sage argues that it is the importance we attach to the ‘work ethic’ that shapes the experience of unemployment, and so to deal with the harmful effects of unemployment we must challenge the centrality of paid work in our lives.

Unemployed people tend to have significantly worse […]

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    Why a customs union is key for multinational companies to stay in the UK after Brexit

Why a customs union is key for multinational companies to stay in the UK after Brexit

In a customs union, goods cross borders seamlessly; in a free trade agreement, border checks are needed to ensure conformity with rules of origin. Paola Conconi explains why a customs union is key for multinationals wishing to stay in the UK after Brexit.

Some in Theresa May’s Cabinet are pushing for a ‘soft’ Brexit, which would allow the UK to remain close to […]

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    The new State Pension is rolling out – but few people know if and how it will affect them

The new State Pension is rolling out – but few people know if and how it will affect them

How well does the public understand the roll out of the new state pension and how it will impact them? Kirby Swales draws on joint NatCen and Pensions Policy Institute research to explain that there is a general lack of awareness which, unless addressed, can lead to financial hardship for people in the future.

The State Pension is not the most […]

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    Four factors affecting how the Republic of Ireland deals with the legacy of the Troubles

Four factors affecting how the Republic of Ireland deals with the legacy of the Troubles

The Northern Ireland conflict is usually analysed from the British and Northern Irish perspectives. But the Republic of Ireland was a participant too, and how the state now deals with that past is shaped by four key factors, writes Thomas Leahy.

An estimated 3720 people died as a result of the Northern Ireland conflict, including 121 in the Republic of […]

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    How Cabinet resignations and the Chequers proposal could destabilise the economy

How Cabinet resignations and the Chequers proposal could destabilise the economy

The stability of UK economy is currently at a critical stage now that Theresa May’s leadership may be challenged following high-profile Cabinet resignations, and depending on how the EU reacts to the ‘soft’ Brexit approach agreed at Chequers. Michael Ellington and Costas Milas explain how the pound’s exchange rate and volatility go hand in hand with peaks in policy […]