James Ker-Lindsay

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    Did the unfounded claim that Turkey was about to join the EU swing the Brexit referendum?

Did the unfounded claim that Turkey was about to join the EU swing the Brexit referendum?

Even in 2016 – before Turkey’s latest turn towards authoritarianism – the chances of the country joining the EU before 2030 were remote. Yet this did not prevent Vote Leave from claiming during the UK’s EU referendum campaign that Turkey was poised to join. This unfounded claim, argues James Ker-Lindsay, played into voters’ existing worries about immigration and may even […]

An independent Scotland would face little European opposition to membership of the European Union

The question of Scottish independence has been heavily debated in the United Kingdom, with one claim against it being that some European countries might not recognise its independence from the UK and would therefore block Scotland’s membership of the European Union. Citing the examples of Kosovo and South Sudan, James Ker-Lindsay argues that this argument is not based on any real […]

Kosovo’s status is still in doubt – time for Britain to rethink the need for new talks?

When the coalition government’s Minister for Europe visited Pristina recently, almost unnoticed, he reiterated a UK line that Kosovo’s status as independent from Serbia could not be revisited. Yet unless the International Court of Justice comes out unequivocally for Kosovo, James Ker-Lindsay argues that the British stance will prove unsustainable. Opinion in Brussels is […]