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    Being in the EU is like being ruled by a foreign power immune to the normal processes of political economy

Being in the EU is like being ruled by a foreign power immune to the normal processes of political economy

Many British citizens want self-government again, as they had for hundreds of years before the ‘Common Market’ that they joined became a European super-state on the way to ‘ever-closer union’. According to Patrick Minford, this seems to be a reasonable demand. He claims that under the rules of British democracy the citizenry are always able to eject the government, […]

February 4th, 2016|Brexit, Featured|2 Comments|
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    Britain can block migrant benefits – no one in Europe actually cares

Britain can block migrant benefits – no one in Europe actually cares

Despite the Prime Minister being in search of an emergency break, the debate over in-work benefits is symbolic, writes Clara Sandelind. Welfare is not the main reason people choose to come to the UK while EU migrants do not claim more such benefits than the British. Even those who will be affected by a possible change, they will continue […]

Labour should not be the champion of EU free movement

It’s time for the Labour Party to have a sensible discussion about immigration within the EU. The traditional perspective of the British socialist Left on immigration is neither the liberal viewpoint that immigration is inherently good nor the xenophobic viewpoint that it is inherently bad. Instead, practically minded British socialists have argued that immigration must be evaluated on the […]

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    A double bind: Cameron urges non-discrimination in one policy area, while wanting to discriminate in another

A double bind: Cameron urges non-discrimination in one policy area, while wanting to discriminate in another

The UK government has entered the final stages of its negotiations with the EU. The issues of immigration control and the refugee crisis seem to overshadow the debate. Yet, as Waltraud Schelkle points out, the “Dear Donald — Yours David” letter of Prime Minister Cameron to European Council President Tusk reveals that the other leading issue is financial integration […]

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    Beware the ‘false consciousness’ theory: newspapers won’t decide the EU referendum

Beware the ‘false consciousness’ theory: newspapers won’t decide the EU referendum

Campaigners should not overestimate the influence of traditional newspapers, says Charlie Beckett: their sales are in decline and they face competition from more politically neutral and humorous news sites like Buzzfeed and Vice. In any case, it is patronising to assume that a sheep-like public follow the diktats of the media they read. He identifies the outlets which will help swing […]

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    How British hostility to the EU contrasts with opposition elsewhere in Europe

How British hostility to the EU contrasts with opposition elsewhere in Europe

The UK’s referendum on EU membership may well be one of the main stories of 2016, with David Cameron recently suggesting it could be held as early as this summer. Montserrat Guibernau writes that understanding Euroscepticism requires an account of a range of different elements, including identity, attitudes toward globalisation, and responses to diversity within nation states.

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    EU membership is not the only way to foster labour mobility. But it is the best.

EU membership is not the only way to foster labour mobility. But it is the best.

Labour mobility benefits companies looking for the best staff, but it also enables universities to grow and compete internationally. Nicholas Barr argues that with the EU being a powerful facilitator for such mobility, UK’s membership is the best, even if not the only, way for the UK to attract – and foster – a better-skilled workforce.

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The year in review: the EU referendum

In 2013 David Cameron committed a future Conservative government to an In/Out referendum on membership of the EU. Now, after Conservative victory in the General Election, the major campaign groups for both sides of the argument are starting to push their case. Below are our ten most popular articles on the topic during 2015. The debate is only going to intensify […]

December 22nd, 2015|Uncategorized|1 Comment|
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