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Not always so Eurosceptic: Britain and the inter-war dream of European unity

Britain has not always been reluctant to countenance European unity. Tommaso Milani (LSE) recalls the intellectual impetus for a European community in the inter-war period, which was driven by a desire for peace and, from some, the left-wing case for a socialist European economy.

As history is written and rewritten in constant dialogue with the present, Brexit is likely to […]

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    Europeans scarred by globalisation are more likely to support Brexit too

Europeans scarred by globalisation are more likely to support Brexit too

Simone Baglioni, Olga Biosca, Tom Montgomery (Glasgow Caledonian University)  reveal that those who were more likely to support Brexit in continental Europe belonged to social groups who have paid the highest costs for globalisation. They argue that this is because political leadership at the EU level has failed to defend societies from the scarring effects of globalisation and the […]

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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 […]

Don’t march to stop Brexit. March to save Britain

Brexit is a nightmare. But it is also a distraction from the divisions in British society, writes Lisa Mckenzie (Middlesex University). The energy that is going into the movement for a second referendum or revocation would be better spent campaigning for a more equal society and an end to austerity.

I get it. I really do get it. Brexit is […]

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    The Brexit effect: Anti-EU right-wing forces are not taking over Europe

The Brexit effect: Anti-EU right-wing forces are not taking over Europe

It has become conventional wisdom about European politics since the double impact of the 2008/9 crash and financial crisis followed by the waves of refugees, that anti-European nationalist populist, xenophobic parties are sweeping all before them. The Brexit vote is cited as irrefutable proof along with the increased votes for parties that claim to defend the nation against immigrants […]

Parental Leave: the transmission of Euroscepticism from parent to child

If your parents – and especially your mother – were Eurosceptics, you are more likely to share their views, finds Jennifer Hampton (Cardiff University). This suggests that the roots of Euroscepticism in Britain run deep and may be resistant to the effects of social change.

Euroscepticism has become increasingly significant in shaping European public opinion and politics over the last […]

March 28th, 2019|Culture, Featured|0 Comments|
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    What ‘cultural backlash’? Brexit is a product of nationalist ideology

What ‘cultural backlash’? Brexit is a product of nationalist ideology

What’s cultural about the ‘culture wars’? In this blog, Charles Leddy-Owen (University of Portsmouth) discusses Brexit and nationalist politics. He claims that the conflation of culture with nationalism is not only simplistic but also problematic as far as it leads us to assign unwarranted causal properties to immigration and ethnic diversity in electoral politics. In his view, Leave voters’ desire to ‘take back control’ […]

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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 […]

How the story of Britain and Europe began

How has the story of Britain and Europe begun? Was Brexit inevitable? In this blog, Lindsay Aqui (Cambridge/LSE) attempts to answer these and other questions as the UK’s protracted departure from the European Union enters yet another phase.

As we near what may be the end of the UK’s membership of the EU, it seems timely to reflect on how that […]