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Long read: Brexit and the future of the British model of democratic capitalism

British politics is regularly said to be at a critical juncture. With Brexit, for once this is not hyperbole, write Nick Pearce (University of Bath) and Gavin Kelly (Resolution Trust). It represents the most significant moment of political choice and potential rupture since the second world war, and in peacetime, possibly since the repeal of the Corn Laws in […]

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    How the LSE Research Festival helped inspire LSE Library’s Brexit exhibition

How the LSE Research Festival helped inspire LSE Library’s Brexit exhibition

Daniel Payne, the curator at LSE Library, recently curated a free public exhibition, “What Does Brexit Mean To You?” with help from one of the participants of the LSE Festival Research Competition 2018, Anirbaan Banerjee. Anishka Gheewala Lohiya (LSE) asked Daniel how this connection came about.
 

1. Can you tell me a little bit about how you became interested in Brexit?

At the […]

In Northern Ireland, old fears and long shadows

For 20 years, Northern Ireland was tucked out of sight of Westminster. But the combination of the row over the backstop, the DUP’s power-broking and two years without any government in Stormont have changed that. The hatred and revenge that flowed from British-Irish power struggles is child’s play to arouse and the work of thousands to manage, writes Duncan Morrow […]

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    Young cosmopolitans: values, identity, and the youth vote in the EU referendum

Young cosmopolitans: values, identity, and the youth vote in the EU referendum

The referendum exposed strong intergenerational divisions. With Britain’s young people having overwhelmingly voted in favour of remaining in the European Union, Rakib Ehsan (Royal Holloway, University of London) explores the driving factors behind this support.

The EU referendum rocked the political establishment. The decision to leave represented a rejection of what the vast majority of the political and business class […]

Many working-class people believe in Brexit. Who can blame them?

Many working-class people believed – and continue to believe – that Brexit will bring about a positive change in their circumstances. Lisa Mckenzie (Middlesex University) argues that their voices have been ignored for 40 years, and the better-off mock and dismiss their attachment to leaving the EU. It is time to recognise the systematic way the working class has […]

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    On memory, migration and the idea of Europe: Danes in Newcastle

On memory, migration and the idea of Europe: Danes in Newcastle

In Newcastle Cathedral is a memorial to Danish sailors who perished during the second world war. Peter Webster considers the deep historical links between Britain and the rest of Europe and the hospitality and safe harbour Tyneside offered to Danes.

In a part of Newcastle that once was central but is now on the edges of the real business of […]

January 29th, 2019|Culture, Featured|4 Comments|

Brexercise! Brexit lessons for keeping fit in 2019

January 2019 was filled with talk of Brexit and New Year’s resolutions to get back in shape and pressure to change your behaviour, lifestyle and health. Look closely and you’ll see there are five lessons that Brexit can teach those trying to do so, not least that changing your body, and more importantly your lifestyle, is about far more […]

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    “Failed state” Britannia: 5th century experiences highlight some of the risks of Brexit

“Failed state” Britannia: 5th century experiences highlight some of the risks of Brexit

What lessons for Brexit can be drawn from Britain in AD410? Nigel Culkin (University of Hertfordshire) and Richard Simmons write about the broken supply chains and money troubles of the fifth century “Failed state” Britannia.

Imagine you are living in the prosperous Roman town of Durnovaria (or Dorchester, as it’s known today) around the middle of the 4th century. Life is probably quite good. We […]

January 22nd, 2019|Culture, Featured|1 Comment|

Backwards, march! Brexit, CANZUK and the legacy of empire

Talk of ‘Global Britain’ has revived CANZUK – a proposed alliance of Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the UK, sharing some of the principles of the EU. Duncan Bell (University of Cambridge, left) and Srdjan Vucetic (University of Ottawa) discuss the history of the idea and argue that it is impossible to isolate it from its colonial origins.

It was coined in […]

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    Long read: What remains of Remain and what’s left of Leave?

Long read: What remains of Remain and what’s left of Leave?

In the past few weeks, parliamentary Brexit procedures have moved into a state of high anxiety. In this blog, Graham Harrison (University of Sheffield) asks what remains of Remain and what’s left of Leave. He doubts that there will be a second referendum. But if there is, one should assess not only the politics of leaving but also the politics […]

January 16th, 2019|Culture, Featured|10 Comments|