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Why the EU-Japan trade deal matters for Brexit

The EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement entered into force at the start of this month, but it is unclear whether the UK can retain the benefits of the agreement after it leaves the EU. Han Dorussen writes that the UK risks being excluded from what Brexiteers want: a free trade area ‘beyond Europe’ and greater ‘global influence’.

On February 1st, the EU-Japan […]

The origins of Article 50 can be found in EU enlargement

While it is sometimes compared to a federal superstate, the European Union is different from most federations in that it contains an exit clause: Article 50, which lays out the procedure under which the United Kingdom is currently seeking to withdraw from the EU. But how did Article 50 come to be? Based on a new study, Martijn Huysmans […]

March 15th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments|
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    Labour’s Brexit policies might not be brave, but they are politically adept

Labour’s Brexit policies might not be brave, but they are politically adept

Jeremy Corbyn has managed to keep the loyalty of his members despite being at odds with them over the most important political decision in a generation. Glen O’Hara (Oxford Brookes) explains how this tortured and constructive ambiguity serves the leader’s goals.

Many Labour members seem confused by their party’s ambiguity over Brexit. Some more seem furious about it. The vast majority […]

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    Major constitutional change requires more than mere majorities, it needs overwhelming consensus

Major constitutional change requires more than mere majorities, it needs overwhelming consensus

The events of recent weeks prove that there is no broad agreement for any version of Brexit. In this post, Charles Turner argues that such major institutional changes require more than mere majorities, they need overwhelming consensus, which is currently nowhere to be found. 

‘Stamina is not a policy’ one Tory MP is reported to have said to Theresa May before the confidence vote […]

December 17th, 2018|Uncategorized|29 Comments|
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    Hubert Butler Essay Prize: the UK risks being torn further apart by Brexit than it has been already

Hubert Butler Essay Prize: the UK risks being torn further apart by Brexit than it has been already

The UK risks being torn further apart by Brexit than it has been already. In this blog, Victoria Mason argues that one cannot conflate national identity and Euroscepticism, because the meaning of national identity is multivalent, changing, malleable, and conflicted: nowhere more so than in the UK, and especially in Northern Ireland. In result of the Brexit vote, however, antithetical […]

November 30th, 2018|Uncategorized|3 Comments|

The rhetoric of self-preservation: Brexit and blame avoidance

What rhetorical strategies do Brexiteers adopt to defend their position? Sten Hansson (University of Tartu) looks at five ways that Theresa May, David Davis, Boris Johnson and Liam Fox have sought to deflect criticism of Brexit, and concludes that they risk damaging democratic debate.

In modern democracies, governments increasingly engage in blame avoiding behaviour when they adopt policies that hurt the […]

Austerity swung voters to Brexit – and now they are changing their minds

The voters most badly hit by austerity cuts were those drawn to UKIP and who supported Leave in the EU referendum, argues Thiemo Fetzer (University of Warwick). Recent polling evidence suggests that it is these same voters who are now changing their minds about Brexit.

Jeremy Corbyn, when asked in a recent interview whether he would stop Brexit if he […]

Post-Brexit transfers of personal data: the clock is ticking

The UK government would like to keep EU-UK data transfers largely the same following the country’s separation from the EU, writes J Scott Marcus (Bruegel). But talks have yet to even commence on a future data-sharing relationship, and a landmark European Court of Human Rights ruling in September bodes poorly for the UK’s future status under the EU’s General […]

BRINO satisfies no-one. The Brexit wrangles are far from over

As the cabinet pores over Theresa May’s Brexit deal, where do we stand? Dimitri Zenghelis (LSE) says even if the deal passes ministers and Parliament, the uncertainty is far from over.

In my last post for LSE Brexit, I wrote:
“Looking ahead, the prospects are not encouraging. The ‘agreement’ at Chequers and subsequent ministerial resignations reflect the fact that the time […]

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    The extent of Russian-backed fraud means the referendum is invalid

The extent of Russian-backed fraud means the referendum is invalid

Four separate reports have fatally undermined the Brexit vote, argues Ewan McGaughey (King’s College London). They show how Russia used the Leave campaigns, official and unofficial, to sway the referendum. A case soon to be heard in the High Court will argue that the result should consequently be deemed void.

Four reports from the US and UK on the Brexit […]