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    UK economy since the Brexit vote: slower GDP growth, lower productivity, and a weaker pound

UK economy since the Brexit vote: slower GDP growth, lower productivity, and a weaker pound

Evidence of the UK’s economic performance since the EU Referendum is clear: GDP growth has slowed down, productivity has suffered, the pound has depreciated and purchasing power has gone down, and investments have declined. In this blog, Josh De Lyon and Swati Dhingra (LSE Centre for Economic Performance) argue that the impact of the Brexit vote on the health of […]

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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 […]

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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    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 […]

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 […]

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    Gordon Brown | The trillion pound question: extending Article 50

Gordon Brown | The trillion pound question: extending Article 50

Decades from now a new generation will look back with stunned disbelief at the chaos that has unfolded with Brexit, writes Gordon Brown. A day away from our most important Parliamentary votes and with only around 400 hours to go until Brexit, the logic of extending Article 50 is now inescapable if we are to avoid an economic cliff-edge […]

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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 […]

How do Brits think the EU sees them? It depends how old they are

How British people think the EU and Europeans see them depends not just on whether they’re Leavers or Remainers, but on whether they’re young or old, find Javier Sajuria, Tim Bale and Sarah Wolff (Queen Mary University of London). Age is a much bigger factor than gender.

Research by the LSE’s Sara Hobolt and her colleagues suggests that Remain and […]

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    Brexit is forcing the UK to confront its territorial governance

Brexit is forcing the UK to confront its territorial governance

Since devolution the UK has resembled a state with a quasi-federal constitution. But Brexit is forcing the country to confront its unresolved tensions, writes Tom Mullen (University of Glasgow). The Conservative government’s restrictions on devolved competence in Scotland, and the crisis over the Northern Irish border, show the folly of behaving as if the UK is still a unitary […]