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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 […]

Don’t march to stop Brexit. March to save Britain

Brexit is a nightmare. But it is also a distraction from the divisions in British society, writes Lisa Mckenzie (Middlesex University). The energy that is going into the movement for a second referendum or revocation would be better spent campaigning for a more equal society and an end to austerity.

I get it. I really do get it. Brexit is […]

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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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    The Brexit effect: Anti-EU right-wing forces are not taking over Europe

The Brexit effect: Anti-EU right-wing forces are not taking over Europe

It has become conventional wisdom about European politics since the double impact of the 2008/9 crash and financial crisis followed by the waves of refugees, that anti-European nationalist populist, xenophobic parties are sweeping all before them. The Brexit vote is cited as irrefutable proof along with the increased votes for parties that claim to defend the nation against immigrants […]

Parental Leave: the transmission of Euroscepticism from parent to child

If your parents – and especially your mother – were Eurosceptics, you are more likely to share their views, finds Jennifer Hampton (Cardiff University). This suggests that the roots of Euroscepticism in Britain run deep and may be resistant to the effects of social change.

Euroscepticism has become increasingly significant in shaping European public opinion and politics over the last […]

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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’ […]

WTO tariffs in a no-deal Brexit: what the impact would be

The government has announced it will cut many tariffs to zero in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Edgar Morgenroth (Dublin City University) explains why it is so keen to avert the economic blow that reverting to WTO tariffs would deal to the UK economy. It would be over four and a half times worse for the UK than the […]

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    The left-wing case for a second referendum: Labour’s obligations to members

The left-wing case for a second referendum: Labour’s obligations to members

The Labour Party’s leadership has been reluctant to take steps towards seeking a second referendum. Now is the time to break the latest Brexit deadlock by honouring the party’s conference commitments and by sharing responsibility with members, argues Lea Ypi (LSE). She discusses what a second referendum ought to be about.

In assessing the left-wing case for a second EU referendum it […]

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 […]