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    Article 50 extension: Why time for the UK to live through its crisis is also good for Europe

Article 50 extension: Why time for the UK to live through its crisis is also good for Europe

The UK’s departure is a strategic and historic disaster for the EU, writes Rosa Balfour (German Marshall Fund). Britain will suffer the most materially, but for the EU Brexit will represent a sharp fracture in a process of relative decline. The truth is that the whole continent is going through a major political crisis and the UK is pioneering it […]

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    Germany will not allow Brexit to compromise EU core principles 

Germany will not allow Brexit to compromise EU core principles 

The powerful role of German business was brought into the Brexit debate during the referendum campaign by Leave campaigners as they brushed off predictions of hampered trade with the EU in a post-Brexit world. They argued that German carmakers would surely make their interests heard. But as John Ryan (LSE) argues, this did not happen and Germany will not […]

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    Long read | Beyond tariffs: what ‘No Deal’ would mean for the Irish border

Long read | Beyond tariffs: what ‘No Deal’ would mean for the Irish border

Whether at 11pm on 29 March or at a later date, in the absence of the Withdrawal Agreement being approved or Article 50 being revoked, the UK and the EU will find themselves in a ‘no deal scenario’. Given that the joint UK and EU commitment to avoid a hard Irish border was behind the backstop that proved so […]

The EU is a default empire of nations in denial

Wolfgang Streeck argued last week on LSE Brexit that the EU was a ‘liberal empire’ that is about to fall. Peter Ramsay (LSE) suggests that the EU is a very particular type of empire, one that has arisen from the political decline of the nations that comprise it, and that this explains the tortured politics of Brexit.

 

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    Brexit chaos and brinksmanship may lead to Article 50 extension

Brexit chaos and brinksmanship may lead to Article 50 extension

An extension of Article 50 is widely mooted in Westminster and Brussels, writes John Ryan (LSE). What may look like a relatively easy alternative step in order to avoid a cliff edge No Deal Brexit on first sight, is in fact a much more complex matter – not unlike many other details of Brexit.

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    The Grexit that never happened offers some lessons for the UK

The Grexit that never happened offers some lessons for the UK

Unlike the United Kingdom, Greece is one of the European Union’s smaller economies, notorious for its weak institutions and economy, and a net recipient of EU funds. And yet the Grexit near-exit from the EU in 2015 offers important lessons for the final stage of Brexit negotiations, writes George Papaconstantinou.

As the Brexit train lurches forward with no clear direction, it […]

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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 […]

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    What lies ahead is a Brexeternity of difficult and tetchy negotiations between the UK and the EU

What lies ahead is a Brexeternity of difficult and tetchy negotiations between the UK and the EU

Even if No Deal doesn’t happen, there will be years and years of rows with the EU and political divisions in the UK. Denis MacShane argues that the briefest of readings of the Political Declaration attached to the UK-EU deal reveals that an eternity of difficult, tetchy negotiations lies ahead as the UK and EU try and fashion a new modus […]

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    Emergency politics: why the government keeps emphasising 29 March as Brexit day

Emergency politics: why the government keeps emphasising 29 March as Brexit day

Ever since Theresa May triggered Article 50, 29 March keeps being portrayed as Brexit day. This continues to be the case, even though it is highly likely that an extension will be requested. Jonathan White explains why the focus on this deadline has a number of aims, not least to weaken resistance.

29 March 2019 has dominated British politics for […]

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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 […]