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    What explains the City of London’s ineffectiveness at shaping the Brexit negotiations?

What explains the City of London’s ineffectiveness at shaping the Brexit negotiations?

Given the importance of the financial services industry to the UK, why has it not been more successful in shaping the Brexit negotiations? This weakness is rooted in the contingency of the City of London’s position within the British state, and the system of pluralist representation upon which it rests, write Thomas Warren (University of East Anglia), Scott James […]

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    ‘Our Precious Union’: the threat to the integrity of the UK is increasing

‘Our Precious Union’: the threat to the integrity of the UK is increasing

The threat to the constitutional and territorial integrity of the United Kingdom is increasing, writes Nikos Skoutaris (University of East Anglia). He explains the ramifications of the backstop debacle for the future of ‘Our Precious Union’.

The decision of the Prime Minister Theresa May to stand down if the Parliament approves the Withdrawal Agreement has led a number of passionate proponents […]

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    The Game of Brexits: Why Brexit won’t happen without another referendum

The Game of Brexits: Why Brexit won’t happen without another referendum

A second referendum is usually seen as a way of stopping Brexit. Many of those arguing for a “People’s Vote” are quite open about not wanting to leave the EU. However, given the current deadlock, could it instead by the best – perhaps only – way to make Brexit happen? In this blog, Anthony McGann (University of Strathclyde) explains why […]

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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    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’ […]

We can and should revoke Article 50: here’s how to do it

The UK now has no bargaining power and time is running out. Ewan McGaughey (King’s College London) makes the case for revoking Article 50 and sets out four ways in which it could be done. Revocation is the best way to give the UK time to think, reflect, and find a way forward.

The UK’s uncodified constitution is opaque, but it’s […]

Putting the question back to the people is the only option

Having rejected the only Brexit deal available, again, the idea that the UK government is capable of reaching a satisfactory outcome regarding the British electorate’s decision in July 2016 to leave the EU is laughable. The only solution is to return to the people for a second referendum, writes Michael John Williams (New York University) – offering voters a choice […]