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    The EU debate, young people, and the giant, neoliberal-shaped ‘elephant in the room’

The EU debate, young people, and the giant, neoliberal-shaped ‘elephant in the room’

Neoliberal policymaking is behind many of the problems facing young people in the UK and across the EU, including debt, job insecurity, and housing. Yet discussions about structural issues are excluded from the referendum debate, argues Laura Cartwright, and so voters are missing the bigger picture of what causes these problems. Without an understanding of what keeps young people […]

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    Dark days for the Tories: The implications of the EU referendum for domestic party politics

Dark days for the Tories: The implications of the EU referendum for domestic party politics

The referendum debate has revealed deep fissures in the Conservative Party. Sean Swan considers the different scenarios that might follow the vote, and writes that – in or out – it does not seem likely that the losing side will simply accept the referendum result as the end of the matter.

Most analysis of the referendum has, understandably, focused on the […]

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    The EU is only an episode in European history – and is doomed to failure

The EU is only an episode in European history – and is doomed to failure

The EU’s drive for social, political and economic unity threatens Europe’s historical traditions of diversity, writes Martyn Rady. He argues that whilst Europe shares much in terms of common history and culture, this is not in itself sufficient to underpin political union across the continent – or indeed to foster a shared European identity.

Europe is not the same as the European Union. […]

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    The grievances of the fishing industry would be better aimed at the UK government, not the EU

The grievances of the fishing industry would be better aimed at the UK government, not the EU

Fishing is a proud industry and its struggle has been propelled to prominence in the debate on the EU referendum next month. Griffin Carpenter argues that, despite what Brexit: The Movie claims, the genuine grievances of the fishing industry should be directed at the UK government, not the EU.

It is indisputable that many ports and coastal communities around the UK […]

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    After a Leave vote the UK would have a strong hand in any trade negotiations

After a Leave vote the UK would have a strong hand in any trade negotiations

The UK runs significant trade deficits with politically important EU countries. Ruth Lea shows that it is hence an  important market for the EU’s key exporters and rather than being a supplicant, the UK would, after a vote to leave the union, have a very strong hand of cards to play.

It is sometimes claimed that UK markets matter comparatively little […]

HM Treasury v Economists for Brexit: whom to believe?

Two recent assessments of the economics of Brexit, from the Treasury and a new group calling itself Economists for Brexit, come to diametrically opposed conclusions, writes Iain Begg. They add to an array of claims and counter-claims, many of which come up with apparently firm predictions, but have subtle differences that make direct comparisons difficult. Voters are entitled to be […]

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    Danny Dorling on Brexit, empire, inequality…and Eurovision.

Danny Dorling on Brexit, empire, inequality…and Eurovision.

At a recent LSE talk, Danny Dorling argued that we should stay in the European Union. Here, he unpicks the absurdity of some of the arguments against our EU membership. Those for Brexit are not only likely to come from areas with few immigrants, but they want highly-skilled lowly-paid young Europeans out of the country, all while British expat pensioners rely […]

How to cope with Brexit: an employers’ guide

Migrants are now 11 per cent of the workforce and one in 20 workers is from the EU, writes Heather Rolfe of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research(NIESR). Their presence in low skilled work is particularly marked. We asked employers in low skilled sectors what free movement means to them and what they would do if the supply of […]

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