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From cautious member to bold leader? The Netherlands and EU after Brexit

Brexit has caused concern in Europe about further defections, but Lisa ten Brinke (Dahrendorf Forum, LSE) argues it has had the opposite effect – at least in the Netherlands.

The causes and consequences of Brexit have been analysed from many angles—from the EU’s internal struggles to the rise of populism and the end of Western hegemony. Less attention has been paid, however, to the position […]

Quick take: the EU’s irrational position on the Brexit backstop

The EU would apparently prefer the UK to fall into no deal rather than compromising on the Northern Ireland backstop, writes Simon Witney (LSE). The stand-off could end if the EU were prepared to accept a second-best alternative.

The European Union’s position in the Brexit negotiations, if one takes it at face value, is self-evidently irrational. It is remarkable that […]

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    The success of Erasmus+ will be very difficult to replicate

The success of Erasmus+ will be very difficult to replicate

In the general confusion surrounding Britain’s relationship with the EU, the Erasmus+ programme has been a casualty. Anne Corbett (LSE) looks at the programme’s origins in the 1950s and the lessons that Erasmus’s slow journey to fruition have for any ‘Erasmus Lite’ replacement.

As Britain heads for its still unknown Brexit destination, concern about the EU programme Erasmus+ is growing. […]

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    Britain’s wartime generation are almost as pro-EU as millennials

Britain’s wartime generation are almost as pro-EU as millennials

There is a significant difference in opinion on Brexit between different age groups in the UK, with older citizens generally exhibiting more negative attitudes toward the EU than younger ones. But as Kieran Devine writes, while over 65s are typically treated as a single category in opinion polls, there are substantial generational differences within this group, with those who […]

Voting for Brexit has already made the UK poorer

How has voting to leave the EU affected the UK’s economy? The difficulty in answering this question is that we do not know what would have happened to the economy if Remain had won. Consequently, researchers look for ways to estimate what would have happened. For example, how would the UK’s economic output have changed since June 2016 if […]

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    Indicative votes in the House of Commons: no substantive consensus but some meta-consensus

Indicative votes in the House of Commons: no substantive consensus but some meta-consensus

The results of the indicative votes held in the House of Commons on 27 March were greeted with a mixture of disappointment and ridicule. While the lack of a majority for all of the eight options under consideration shows that Parliament is deeply divided about the substantial decisions regarding the future course of the Brexit process, there is a […]

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    A Brexit Assembly offers a way of overcoming the current deadlock

A Brexit Assembly offers a way of overcoming the current deadlock

Brexit needs its own dedicated assembly, a Brexit Assembly, argues Hjalte Lokdam (LSE). The Brexit process has revealed the difficulty of addressing a question of such extraordinary constitutional and societal significance within the ordinary Parliamentary process. A Brexit Assembly of extraordinary representatives dedicated only to Brexit offers a way of overcoming the current deadlock.

As events over the last weeks and months […]

A five-point plan to solve the Brexit imbroglio

National humiliation, constitutional crisis, shambles, chaos, delusional and (for the German tabloid, Bild) ‘Brexokalypse Now?’: these are merely a sprinkling of the unflattering terms used to describe the unfolding drama of Brexit. With the House of Commons now embarked on its eleventh-hour attempt to find a way to resolve matters, this contribution by Iain Begg (LSE) puts forward a […]

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    The left-wing case for a second referendum: Labour’s obligations to members

The left-wing case for a second referendum: Labour’s obligations to members

The Labour Party’s leadership has been reluctant to take steps towards seeking a second referendum. Now is the time to break the latest Brexit deadlock by honouring the party’s conference commitments and by sharing responsibility with members, argues Lea Ypi (LSE). She discusses what a second referendum ought to be about.

In assessing the left-wing case for a second EU referendum it […]

What should replace EU regional development funds after Brexit?

Have EU funds benefited the UK – and which aspects of EU Cohesion Policy should be maintained if they are replaced? Marco Di Cataldo and Vassilis Monastiriotis (LSE) argue that the funds have significantly contributed to regional growth in the UK, particularly in poorer areas. Strategic investments have played a distinct role in the economic growth of UK regions, and […]