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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 (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 set […]

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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 […]

Is Brexit a contest between low-earning Leavers and high-earning Remainers?

A common interpretation of Brexit maintains that there was a clear divide between more affluent and less well-off citizens when it came to supporting EU membership. Is this backed up by the available evidence? Mathias Koenig-Archibugi and Miriam Sorace (LSE) present a new way of looking at the question.

A popular narrative of Brexit pits “working-class Leavers” against “middle-class […]

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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 […]

Dismantling the EU’s environmental policy will not be easy – though some will try

After 40 years of shared environmental policy, disentangling the UK’s acquis will be difficult – though some will want to try. Charlotte Burns (University of Sheffield) says a number of obstacles stand in their way: devolution, pressure from the public and NGOs and a lack of capacity in the civil service.

The environment, which was largely ignored during the referendum […]

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|
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    How to determine the ‘will of the people’: a mathematical view

How to determine the ‘will of the people’: a mathematical view

Mathematician Bernhard von Stengel (LSE) uses game theory to consider how a second Brexit referendum with more than two choices could be run, and how the counting-rule chosen for any multiple-choice ballot can determine the outcome.

If you favour a second referendum on Brexit (a prospect that is now, in early 2019, receding), you should not only think of what you should […]

Escaping from the Brexit nightmare: the judicial review route

It is difficult to see how the government could legally justify a decision not to seek an extension of negotiations under Article 50, argues Philip Allott (Cambridge University), given that it would have to rely on political rather than legal considerations to avoid responsibility for the damage that could be caused by that failure.

There are many people who honestly […]

Officials were ready for Brexit in 1975

Officials were ready for Brexit in the past. How different could things have been if they had prepared this time around, asks Lindsay Aqui (University of Cambridge)?

‘Nobody in Whitehall or Westminster yet has a grasp of what needs to be done, let alone how to go about doing it.’ This damning verdict of the UK government’s failure to plan […]

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    Bemused by Brexit? If you aren’t, you haven’t been paying attention

Bemused by Brexit? If you aren’t, you haven’t been paying attention

Brexit seems to get more complex and impenetrable by the day. Even experts can’t agree what’s going on. As the stakes get seemingly ever higher and the time-scales shrink, the confusion grows. But in reality, the choices and the issues are relatively simple, argues Colin Talbot (University of Cambridge). He outlines the possible choices available to the UK at this critical […]