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    Brexit will affect, but not determine, the EU’s roles in a changing world arena

Brexit will affect, but not determine, the EU’s roles in a changing world arena

What effects might Brexit have on the EU’s capacity to play an effective role in the world arena? Michael Smith writes that the Withdrawal Agreement suggests both the UK and EU will have to reassess their global roles and their discourses of globalism, but whereas for the UK this is an existential problem, for the EU it is part of a continuing […]

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The EU’s post-Brexit policy on euro clearing explained

The UK’s withdrawal from the EU has reignited concern about the long-standing ‘tug of war’ over the clearing of euro-denominated instruments. Scott James and Lucia Quaglia explain the EU’s post-Brexit policy on euro clearing.

Clearing is the process by which a ‘clearing house’, also called a ‘central counter party’ (CCP), acts as the middleman for both the buyer and the seller of a […]

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    Britain needs friends in the post-Brexit era. Alienating EU allies would be counter-productive

Britain needs friends in the post-Brexit era. Alienating EU allies would be counter-productive

Amid the posturing about trade, the fact that Britain no longer has a voice in the EU has gone largely unremarked, writes N Piers Ludlow. He warns that alienating European allies by talking tough risks harming the UK’s soft power and long-term interests.
At the heart of Edward Heath’s speech winding up the so-called ‘Great Debate’ in October 1971, when the Commons […]

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The implications of Brexit for the UK economy

The United Kingdom has now formally left the European Union, but what does the future hold for the British economy? Following a recent event at LSE, Gerard Lyons, Vicky Pryce and John Van Reenen took questions from LSE staff, students and members of the public on the economic impact of Brexit.

A lot of the focus on the economic impact […]

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    Public intellectuals and experts cannot tell citizens what to do

Public intellectuals and experts cannot tell citizens what to do

How should academics approach their roles as public intellectuals in light of decreasing trust in experts and growing need for their expertise? Peter J. Verovšek argues there is a need to ensure the strategic competition for media power does not destroy the quality of public debate that is necessary to maintain a functioning representative democracy. Academics should view themselves as guardians of the […]

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    Ursula von der Leyen: “We have to be very clear that Brexit is a matter of trade-offs and choices”

Ursula von der Leyen: “We have to be very clear that Brexit is a matter of trade-offs and choices”

Following her recent lecture at LSE, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, took questions from LSE staff, students and members of the media on the Brexit process and the need for close relations to be maintained between the UK and the EU.

Might it be possible to agree the outline of a deal (with the UK) […]

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    It’s in the EU’s interest for Brexit to go badly – but not too badly

It’s in the EU’s interest for Brexit to go badly – but not too badly

The EU has good reason to hope that Brexit goes badly, writes Paul David Beaumont. This would continue to deter Eurosceptic parties on the continent from hardening their stance. But at the same time, an unambiguously disastrous Brexit would risk depoliticising EU membership, reducing the incentive to address the EU’s many flaws.

If we get the politics we deserve, Britain deserves […]

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    The Alternative Vote system could have delivered a clearer signal on Brexit

The Alternative Vote system could have delivered a clearer signal on Brexit

The confusing scramble by Remainers to vote tactically in the UK general election has exposed the failings of the First Past the Post system, writes Tarun Khaitan. He explains why the Alternative Vote system could have delivered a clearer signal about Brexit – particularly as it would have discouraged Labour from engaging in strategic ambiguity about it, and forced voters to deliberate […]

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Britain’s Europe and the end of Empire

Britain’s relationship with Europe has a complex history, of which Brexit is merely the latest development. Simon Glendinning explains that the country’s post-War understanding of both itself and of Europe has often been caught up in a (selective) history and memory of British and European discovery, colonialism and Empire. The hope that the UK might find a new post-Empire […]

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What Brexit means for the UK’s public infrastructure

The UK has received support from the European Investment Bank for a variety of infrastructure projects. However, as Micaela Mihov explains, the loss of this support following Brexit may have a negative impact on the country’s public infrastructure. She argues that one of the best options to mitigate the impact would be the establishment of a UK infrastructure bank.

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    How John Stuart Mill can help tame ideological Brexit free-riders

How John Stuart Mill can help tame ideological Brexit free-riders

In an ‘epistocracy’, only some people would be allowed to vote. Those who advocate this system have cited Brexit and Trump’s election as evidence that the franchise should be restricted to those who have sufficient ‘political knowledge’ to use it. Linsey McGoey explains why, contrary to their claims, John Stuart Mill would not have endorsed this dangerous form of […]

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    The impact of Brexit on the politics and policies of the European Union

The impact of Brexit on the politics and policies of the European Union

What impact will Brexit have on the decision-making processes and outputs of the European Union? Drawing on a new study, Narisong Huhe, Daniel Naurin and Robert Thomson assess the effect of Brexit on the Council of the EU. Their findings indicate that some member states face particular political challenges, and that Brexit is likely to tilt EU policies towards […]

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    EU families feel more welcome in Scotland than they do in the rest of the UK

EU families feel more welcome in Scotland than they do in the rest of the UK

In the 2016 EU referendum, 62% of Scottish voters backed Remain, but do the experiences of EU families living in Scotland differ from those living elsewhere in the UK? Drawing on new research, Marie Godin and Nando Sigona find evidence that despite Brexit uncertainty, EU families living in Scotland feel they belong to the national community to a greater […]

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    How the European Union’s Court of Justice may end up having the last word over a hard Brexit

How the European Union’s Court of Justice may end up having the last word over a hard Brexit

If the UK fails to secure a Brexit deal with the EU by the end of this month, then it is obliged under the so-called Benn Act to request an extension to the process. But what if the government manages to bypass the Benn Act and take the country out of the EU without a deal? Robert Basedow explains that […]

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    The David Cameron memoirs: No apology, no atonement, no courage

The David Cameron memoirs: No apology, no atonement, no courage

In a new book, David Cameron details his time as UK Prime Minister and his reaction to losing the country’s referendum on EU membership. George Kassimeris writes that future historians are unlikely to be any kinder to Cameron than today’s political commentators, and his unwillingness to offer an apology for the turbulence that followed the referendum will do little […]

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    Is the EU headed for a ‘Southern Irish’ backstop in the case of a hard Brexit?

Is the EU headed for a ‘Southern Irish’ backstop in the case of a hard Brexit?

Some members of the UK government have hinted that the country may unilaterally refrain from introducing controls at the border with the Republic of Ireland in the case of a hard Brexit. Robert Basedow explains that if this were to occur, it would constitute a serious challenge for the EU and its single market. Customs authorities on the continent […]

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    Young people and Brexit: The implications for the far-right and for Scottish independence

Young people and Brexit: The implications for the far-right and for Scottish independence

Since the EU referendum, the narrative of an inter-generational divide has emerged, with the country’s older pro-Leave generation thought to be at odds with a younger, pro-Remain generation. Rakib Ehsan investigated these intra-generational differences and suggests that failure to deliver Brexit may provide a boost for far-right organisations, but that a disruptive no-deal Brexit has the potential to inject considerable […]

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    Categories, stereotypes, and political identities: The use of Brexiter and Remainer in online comments

Categories, stereotypes, and political identities: The use of Brexiter and Remainer in online comments

Joanne Meredith and Emma Richardson examine how the terms Brexiter and Remainer were used by online commenters during and after the UK’s EU referendum. They find that the two are seen as political categories in their own right, with other, well-defined political identities resisted when used.

Commentary around Brexit highlighted political and social divisions in the United Kingdom in the […]

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    Brexit and parliamentary legitimation: Beyond constitutional minutiae

Brexit and parliamentary legitimation: Beyond constitutional minutiae

David Judge writes that, while much of the discussion around Brexit and Parliament is about procedure and conventions, it should also be about the bigger picture: what does Brexit tell us about the fundamental principles of the UK’s parliamentary state and representative democracy?

Politicians and the punditocracy have become consumed with the minutiae of parliamentary procedure and constitutional conventions – […]

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Boris Johnson’s real agenda: The ‘Singapore scenario’

While much attention has focused on when or if Britain’s new Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, will succeed in taking the UK out of the EU, the longer-term agenda of a Johnson-led Conservative administration has been pushed into the background. This is unfortunate. Johnson’s dream, should his premiership survive, is of a post-Brexit Britain akin to a European ‘Singapore of […]

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