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    Has Brexit affected the way Britons think about immigrants? The recent ‘national mood’ on immigration

Has Brexit affected the way Britons think about immigrants? The recent ‘national mood’ on immigration

Did Brexit cause an increase in anti-immigrant hostility? Patrick English collates various survey results to answer this question in the negative. He also finds that Brexit itself does not seem to have caused opinions to become more positive either.

Back in 2018, I wrote a piece showing how British public opinion on immigration had changed since the 1980s by analysing […]

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    Burke and Brexit: the UK’s chief negotiator displays a lack of concern about trade risks and accountability

Burke and Brexit: the UK’s chief negotiator displays a lack of concern about trade risks and accountability

Ahead of the government’s publication of its negotiating approach to agreeing a future relationship with the EU, the UK’s chief negotiator, David Frost, gave a speech that referenced the work of Edmund Burke. Pippa Catterall argues that Frost distorted Burke’s views, and in doing so displays a shallow and muddled understanding of the risk and uncertainty ahead.

Britain’s chief negotiator for the next […]

Why the EU Settlement Scheme is not good enough as it is

Now the UK has formally left the European Union, and entered the transition period, Alexandra Bulat assesses the flaws in the EU citizens’ Settlement Scheme and argues that it still undermines the fundamental rights of those affected.

In the summer of 2019, I wrote to explain why the rights of EU citizens were not a done deal. The Withdrawal Agreement […]

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    Britain in one room: reflections on a focus group of undecided voters during GE2019

Britain in one room: reflections on a focus group of undecided voters during GE2019

During the 2019 election campaign, the University of Manchester hosted a series of focus groups of then undecided voters, organised with The Times and Public First. Timothy J. Oliver and Andy Westwood reflect on the experience of helping to run this event.

Understanding how voters are behaving is an ongoing struggle for many in our field – to which we […]

Brexit: epitaph for a national trajectory now lost

Many developments in national histories also mark watersheds in the personal lives of their citizens, and for the economist John Van Reenen the advent of ‘Brexit Day’ is a case in point. In a personal essay he reflects both on the emotional colouring of this event, and on the economic costs implied for the United Kingdom.

As I write on […]

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    The end of foreign policy consensus? How Remainers and Leavers view Britain’s place in the world

The end of foreign policy consensus? How Remainers and Leavers view Britain’s place in the world

Drawing on data from the LSE’s collection of materials from the 2016 referendum campaign, Benjamin Martill finds that the Remain and Leave camps articulated distinct views when it came to foreign affairs. The findings also suggest that the goals of British foreign policy itself are likely to be increasingly subject of political division after Brexit.

The Brexit vote, we are told […]

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    Preparing British foreign policy for the post-Brexit era: why swift and sudden institutional change is not the answer

Preparing British foreign policy for the post-Brexit era: why swift and sudden institutional change is not the answer

A policy vision backed up by energetic leadership and greater investment will do more to strengthen the institutions of UK foreign policy than hastily introduced institutional changes, explains Nicholas Wright.

Having successfully navigated the general election and with Britain’s formal withdrawal from the EU just a matter of days away, Boris Johnson is believed to be considering major structural changes […]

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    Sixteen reasons to expect just another, ‘standard-issue’ Tory government

Sixteen reasons to expect just another, ‘standard-issue’ Tory government

A torrent of ‘expert’ commentary has evaluated positively the chances of a Boris Johnson government adopting new, ‘one nation’ policies to give priority to the interests of working class voters and ‘left behind’ communities in northern or midland Britain. Patrick Dunleavy enumerates the numerous countervailing reasons to expect instead that this government will be very similar to its Conservative […]