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    Public attitudes to Brexit: the referendum was more a vote for re-regulation than for de-regulation

Public attitudes to Brexit: the referendum was more a vote for re-regulation than for de-regulation

Drawing on new polling of attitudes to Brexit, Marley Morris explores the public’s preference for different trade scenarios when faced with a number of difficult trade-offs. He concludes that, if the government wants public support for its negotiating position, it must negotiate a deal that keeps the European model close – and rejects the deregulation agenda.

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    What was wrong with the Brexit referendum and what would be wrong with a second

What was wrong with the Brexit referendum and what would be wrong with a second

Depending on their design, referendums can be bad for democracy, writes Joseph Lacey. He argues that the central problem with the Brexit referendum was its ad hoc nature. Any second referendum would be of a similar sort and so should be avoided. But there is a way of legitimately deciding upon questions of EU membership: through the mandatory referendum.

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    It is a fallacy that the UK can trade independently with non-EU nations while having a frictionless Irish border

It is a fallacy that the UK can trade independently with non-EU nations while having a frictionless Irish border

Katie Daughen offers an update of where the UK Government currently is in terms of finding a credible solution to the Irish border issue. She writes that promises of the UK being able to trade freely with non-EU nations while having a frictionless Irish border are a fallacy, and concludes that a comprehensive new Customs Partnership is the best […]

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    A coercive policy-making state? How the EU is alienating its citizens

A coercive policy-making state? How the EU is alienating its citizens

The remit of EU institutions has expanded inexorably, writes Jeremy Richardson, all while their policy-making style has shifted from a consensus-based process towards a more coercive, top-down one. At the same time, the EU’s focus on interest groups might have also exacerbated the problem of the democratic deficit by distancing the EU from broader public opinion. These realities have […]

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    How should Theresa May respond to Jeremy Corbyn’s customs union plan?

How should Theresa May respond to Jeremy Corbyn’s customs union plan?

Michael Ellington and Costas Milas explain why May should adopt Corbyn’s stance favouring a Customs Union. They show that there is an inverse relationship between business investment growth and economic policy uncertainty and, with Corbyn’s proposal praised by business leaders, such a step by the PM would decisively put the economy first.

The clock is ticking extremely fast, with only […]

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    The European Parliament is more representative of European citizens than we give it credit for

The European Parliament is more representative of European citizens than we give it credit for

Does the European Parliament adequately represent the views of European citizens? Drawing on a recent study, Miriam Sorace finds that it is far more representative of voters’ views than commonly thought. It is the lack of information about European election campaigns, as well as a tendency for voters to cast protest votes that can lead to less effective representation.

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    The reluctant role model: why Britain (usually) obeys the European Court of Human Rights

The reluctant role model: why Britain (usually) obeys the European Court of Human Rights

Despite often complaining about the existence of the European Court of Human Rights, the UK has one of the strongest compliance records in the Court’s 47-country system. Zoë Jay explains how the UK’s conceptions of human rights protection shape its willingness to comply with the Court’s rulings.

To say the United Kingdom hasn’t always seen eye to eye with […]

Why it’s not so simple to make the EU simpler

The EU’s institutional architecture is often regarded as being too complex for citizens to properly engage with, and both Jean-Claude Juncker and Emmanuel Macron have recently proposed some form of simplification. Dimiter Toshkov argues that while the EU is extraordinarily complex, efforts to simplify it are likely to come at the cost of either its inclusiveness or effectiveness.

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