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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 […]

Long read: Brexit and the future of the British model of democratic capitalism

British politics is regularly said to be at a critical juncture. With Brexit, for once this is not hyperbole, write Nick Pearce (University of Bath) and Gavin Kelly (Resolution Trust). It represents the most significant moment of political choice and potential rupture since the second world war, and in peacetime, possibly since the repeal of the Corn Laws in […]

Are referendums a sign of no confidence in the government?

Are referendums a sign of no confidence in the government? In this blog, Joseph Ward (University of Birmingham) compares the 1979 devolution and 2016 EU referendums in Britain. He argues that the 1979 Scottish referendum holds many important insights for understanding the political ramifications of the Brexit vote.

Throughout the protracted debate on Britain’s exit from the European Union, many scholars and commentators […]

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 […]

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    No-deal Brexit nears as May creates temporary illusion of party unity

No-deal Brexit nears as May creates temporary illusion of party unity

Recent votes in Parliament prove that it is no more capable of agreeing where to go next on Brexit than the UK cabinet. As Theresa May creates the temporary illusion of party unity, a no-deal Brexit grows ever closer, writes John Ryan (LSE). However, the political fallout associated with the economic hit of No Deal – or any form of harder […]

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    Labour’s path to victory is through Leave-voting Conservative marginals

Labour’s path to victory is through Leave-voting Conservative marginals

Labour must maintain a broad electoral coalition if it wishes to form a government. Its path to Downing Street goes through the Leave-voting Conservative marginals, writes Richard Johnson (Lancaster University). Winning the Conservative-held constituencies in England and Wales that voted for Brexit is a sine qua non for the formation of a Labour government, he argues. 

Based on the results of the 2017 […]

In Northern Ireland, old fears and long shadows

For 20 years, Northern Ireland was tucked out of sight of Westminster. But the combination of the row over the backstop, the DUP’s power-broking and two years without any government in Stormont have changed that. The hatred and revenge that flowed from British-Irish power struggles is child’s play to arouse and the work of thousands to manage, writes Duncan Morrow […]

Many working-class people believe in Brexit. Who can blame them?

Many working-class people believed – and continue to believe – that Brexit will bring about a positive change in their circumstances. Lisa Mckenzie (Middlesex University) argues that their voices have been ignored for 40 years, and the better-off mock and dismiss their attachment to leaving the EU. It is time to recognise the systematic way the working class has […]

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    Free-market conservatives, how is Brexit working out for you?

Free-market conservatives, how is Brexit working out for you?

The two and a half years following the EU referendum have exposed the wishful thinking that drove many free-market conservatives to support Brexit. In this post, Dalibor Rohac (American Enterprise Institute) asks how Brexit is working out for those who supported it on libertarian grounds.

 

Last week, I witnessed a somewhat extraordinary occurrence take place on Twitter. A former prominent Leave supporter and […]

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    Has Parliament taken control of Brexit? Well, it’s complicated

Has Parliament taken control of Brexit? Well, it’s complicated

UK Parliament is an institution that is traditionally considered weak in the foreign policymaking process. Has it now taken control of Brexit? Well, it’s complicated, writes Thomas Eason (University of Nottingham). On balance then, it is currently unclear who really has control of Brexit, he concludes.

Traditionally, Parliament is considered particularly weak when it comes to making foreign policy. Sure, Parliament […]