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    Don’t blame ‘the media’ for the state of the referendum campaign

Don’t blame ‘the media’ for the state of the referendum campaign

How well has the UK’s news media done in staging the debate and informing the public? Some outlets have fought valiantly to report the referendum campaign fairly, writes Charlie Beckett. Members of the public who complain they aren’t getting the facts must be joking. Nonetheless, the media take their cue from politicians, and campaigners’ strategy of destabilising the discourse while controlling their own message based […]

June 26th, 2016|Brexit, Featured|0 Comments|
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    Voters have punished the ‘elite’ – and this is not just a British phenomenon

Voters have punished the ‘elite’ – and this is not just a British phenomenon

The UK has voted to leave the European Union. Sara Hobolt writes that although the result has come as a shock to Britain and the rest of Europe, the signs were there that the Leave campaign could win and the discontent among British voters is mirrored in many other countries across Europe. Voters took the opportunity to ‘stick it to […]

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    The Brexit debate is far from over: there will have to be a further vote

The Brexit debate is far from over: there will have to be a further vote

Britain has voted for Brexit but what comes next is remarkably unclear. James Strong argues that four key questions remain. When will negotiations begin? What will they focus on if those for Brexit have two main desires: to restrict the movement of people but also have the best trading relationship with the EU – which requires such freedom? And […]

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    Epitaph for a political chancer: Cameron’s fate exemplifies the inability of UK elites to resolve long-run crises

Epitaph for a political chancer: Cameron’s fate exemplifies the inability of UK elites to resolve long-run crises

David Cameron’s announcement that he is stepping down as Prime Minister capped a night of unprecedented referendum triumph for the ‘Brexiteers’ on the Conservative right and in UKIP in overthrowing Britain’s 43 year old membership of the European Union. Patrick Dunleavy considers the lessons that Cameron learned too late to save his premiership.

Thirteen months ago I forecast that […]

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    Respecting the will of the British people: immigration policy after Leave

Respecting the will of the British people: immigration policy after Leave

Following the decision to leave the EU, Jonathan Portes outlines the steps that the government must take with regards to immigration and the new policy framework that will govern it. He writes that the first and most urgent step is for the government to announce the rules under which EU nationals who are currently living in the UK will […]

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    How foreigners became the convenient scapegoat of the referendum campaign

How foreigners became the convenient scapegoat of the referendum campaign

The Brexit campaign was never really about the EU or even immigration. It was about foreigners. Foreigners became a scapegoat for all the things that are not working properly – including in the NHS and in schools. But the government could not have confronted this use of xenophobia, writes Rodney Barker. Doing so would be to admit that these […]

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    The Brexiteers’ exit plan: legally dubious, unfeasible and likely to antagonise our neighbours

The Brexiteers’ exit plan: legally dubious, unfeasible and likely to antagonise our neighbours

Last week Vote Leave laid out its plans for a divorce and a future relationship with the EU. It argued that if voters decided to end UK’s membership of the EU, the UK would negotiate a “friendly deal” with European partners by the next general election in 2020. But this post-referendum roadmap does not hold water, argue Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska and Adam Lazowski. It would, […]

June 23rd, 2016|Brexit, Featured|2 Comments|
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    Back to school – parallels between the EU referendum and the process of academisation

Back to school – parallels between the EU referendum and the process of academisation

Using a case study, Stephen Rayner draws parallels between the academisation of schools in England and the discourses around the EU Referendum. Following numerous fieldwork interviews, he divides participants into two categories: those who wished to Remain a local authority school and those who wished to Leave. The final result? A rather messier reality falling somewhere awkwardly between the two…

The case for the school’s […]

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