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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.

If MPs reject a No Deal […]

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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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    No majority in Parliament for a second referendum – for now

No majority in Parliament for a second referendum – for now

With deadlock in Westminster and both parties bitterly divided on Europe, it may be the case that the only way out of the Brexit impasse is another vote in which May’s deal is put to the people. At present, however, there is no majority in Parliament for such a referendum, writes John Ryan (LSE). This, though, may change very […]

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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 […]

Brexit could prove to be Britain’s constitutional moment

Brexit is a major constitutional change. It creates considerable constitutional uncertainty, but also an opportunity. It could prove Britain’s constitutional moment. Vernon Bogdanor argues that just as joining the EU fundamentally altered the UK constitution, so Brexit could, by exposing the very nakedness of Britain’s uncodified arrangements, prove a catalyst for a written constitution.

During the period of membership of the European […]

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    Can a general election be a way out of the Brexit conundrum?  

Can a general election be a way out of the Brexit conundrum?  

The mess that UK politics is in cannot be overstated, nor the harm that this is doing to many of its citizens and the economy. Can a general election be a way out of the Brexit conundrum?  It could lead to a change of government and at least would almost certainly mean a new prime minister. In this blog, John […]

Why has Corbyn remained so ambivalent about Brexit?

Having sat on the fence for so long, Jeremy Corbyn must be feeling uncomfortable. Unless he moves swiftly to shift the impasse at Westminster he will be consigned to political irrelevance, writes Graham Room (University of Bath).   

Why has Corbyn remained so ambivalent in this Brexit saga?  He has a long history of Euroscepticism, rooted in the view that the […]

Why Ireland’s resolve must hold

For Ireland, the EU and the UK, Brexit is uncharted territory. Therefore, Ireland’s resolve over the EU Withdrawal Agreement must hold, writes Brigid Laffan (EUI). She argues that keeping the backstop in the deal is at the core of the country’s national interest.

Ireland is a small state with no illusions concerning the limits of its power and influence in shaping the world beyond […]

The backstop is about much more than cross-border movement

The backstop is not just about trade and cross-border checks, says Niall Ó Dochartaigh (National University of Ireland, Galway). It specifically mentions North-South co-operation and the Good Friday Agreement. The British government’s proposals for ‘alternative agreements’ do not acknowledge how vital these elements are.

When people invoke the backstop in the Withdrawal Agreement, they often focus on the issue of movement of goods […]