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Manufacturing workers were especially likely to support Brexit

What socio-economic characteristics were associated with a Leave vote? Leonardo S. Alaimo (far left) and Luigi M. Solivetti (Sapienza University of Rome) use Local Government District data and find that voters with GCSE-level education, and manufacturing workers in particular, were most likely to support Brexit.

Uncertainties still remain about what drove the Leave vote in the EU referendum. Our research […]

Brexit laid bare: Victoria Bateman and the naked prophetic tradition

Victoria Bateman is not the first to use nudity as a form of protest. Madeleine Ward (Theos) explores the history of naked dissent.
It’s been a rocky few weeks in the news, from Robert Peston’s assessment that No Deal is now the most likely outcome of the UK’s ongoing Brexit crisis, to warnings of an imminent “collapse of nature”. Set against stories like these, very little […]

March 13th, 2019|Culture, Featured|1 Comment|

How do Brits think the EU sees them? It depends how old they are

How British people think the EU and Europeans see them depends not just on whether they’re Leavers or Remainers, but on whether they’re young or old, find Javier Sajuria, Tim Bale and Sarah Wolff (Queen Mary University of London). Age is a much bigger factor than gender.

Research by the LSE’s Sara Hobolt and her colleagues suggests that Remain and […]

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    Long read: The European Union is a liberal empire, and it is about to fall

Long read: The European Union is a liberal empire, and it is about to fall

The European Union is a liberal empire, and it is about to fall, warns Wolfgang Streeck (Max Planck Institut). The position of imperial hegemon belongs to Germany, which is finding it increasingly difficult to fulfil that role. When the UK decided to leave the EU, nobody considered invading the British Isles to keep them in “Europe”. Yet, from a German […]

#Islamexit: Islamophobia and Twitter after Brexit

Although Brexit would appear to have little to do with Islam, the referendum saw a spike in Islamophobia. Giulia Evolvi (Ruhr-Universität Bochum) analysed tweets sent at the time and found violent narratives that blamed globalism for their grievances, while drawing succour from politicians such as Donald Trump.

The aftermath of Brexit has been characterized by a spike in anti-immigrant and […]

February 28th, 2019|Culture, Featured|0 Comments|
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    Progressive and right-wing counter-movements are rising in the age of Brexit

Progressive and right-wing counter-movements are rising in the age of Brexit

In this blog, Silke Roth (University of Southampton) contextualises the emergence far-right movements and challenges interpretations that ignore white privilege. She analyses the Brexit vote, among other similar phenomena, as a social movement that needs to be considered as counter-reaction to social change. These movements too, in turn, are generating progressive responses, she argues.

In the remaining weeks until 29 […]

What explains Brexit?

What explains Brexit? The question will keep many academics happily employed for years, writes Kevin O’Rourke (Oxford). His book, A Short History of Brexit: from Brentry to Backstop, attempts to provide an answer as the UK approaches the end of the Article 50 timeline.

The British traditionally valued the economic opportunities afforded by Europe, but were much less enthusiastic about […]

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    The UK will remain an integral part of an ever-closer Europe

The UK will remain an integral part of an ever-closer Europe

In five weeks, the UK is set to leave the European Union – but, writes Martin Westlake (LSE), despite Brexit, internal and external forces are driving European states towards ever closer relations. The UK will remain an integral part of an ever-closer Europe, whatever the fine detail of its relations with the EU.

The European continent is covered by a complex web […]

(Mis)Rule Britannia: Brexit is the last gasp of empire

Brexit represents the last gasp of the British empire, argue Sally Tomlinson (Goldsmiths, University of London) and Danny Dorling (University of Oxford). The men who have led it cannot accept that the colonial era, and the exploited wealth that came with it, is over.

All imperial countries and their leaders have problems when their empires disappear, and they no longer […]

February 20th, 2019|Culture, Featured|7 Comments|
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    Is it the English question – or the British question? The three strands of Britishness

Is it the English question – or the British question? The three strands of Britishness

John Denham (University of Winchester) finds that the majority of those who identify as primarily English – or equally English and British – are also strongly British; they nonetheless seem to hold a different political outlook to those who identify as primarily British. He suggests that as much attention should be paid to the evolution of British identity as English […]

February 14th, 2019|Culture, Featured|2 Comments|