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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 […]

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    ‘The most important election in a generation’ – just like the last election (and the next?)

‘The most important election in a generation’ – just like the last election (and the next?)

Despite the 2019 general election being portrayed as the most important in a generation, Christopher Kirkland writes that it is too simplistic to suggest that some elections are more important than others.

The Conservatives’ message in the 2019 election is that it wants to ‘get Brexit done’. More than three years after the EU referendum, which was consistently defined as […]

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    Democratic rights Vs. expected outcomes: why do citizens support referendums?

Democratic rights Vs. expected outcomes: why do citizens support referendums?

Whether or not to hold a referendum on Brexit is a clear dividing line between parties in the upcoming UK general election. However, Philipp Harms and Claudia Landwehr argue that support for such a measure is often largely contingent on expected outcomes, and so can entrench political divides. More deliberative democratic innovations might therefore be better suited to resolving […]

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    Gibraltar and Brexit: the triangulation of Britishness, Empire, and Spain

Gibraltar and Brexit: the triangulation of Britishness, Empire, and Spain

The relationship between UK and Gibraltar is complex, being both non-colonial yet perversely defined in colonial terms. These complexities become even more pronounced in the light of Brexit, explains Jennifer Ballantine Perera.

Of all of Britain’s former Imperial enclaves, Gibraltar’s interest in the 2016 Brexit referendum was bound to be keener than most – not only because of its strategic […]

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    Matters of consent: the Withdrawal Agreement does not violate the Good Friday Agreement

Matters of consent: the Withdrawal Agreement does not violate the Good Friday Agreement

John McGarry and Brendan O’Leary write that, contrary to the DUP’s claims, the draft Withdrawal Agreement does not violate the provisions of the Good Friday Agreement when it comes to consent. Instead, the proposals regarding Northern Ireland are reasonable and balanced. 

Many criticisms have been made of Prime Minister Johnson’s draft Withdrawal Agreement with the EU, but the most inaccurate […]

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    EU migration through the lens of inequality: how Britain shaped the unequal Europe it wants to leave

EU migration through the lens of inequality: how Britain shaped the unequal Europe it wants to leave

Lorenza Antonucci and Simone Varriale highlight the UK’s influence over EU supranational policies and explain how Britain contributed to an unequal Europe.

In recent years, British progressives have faced the following conundrum: how can we defend the neoliberal dogma of free movement when Brexit has been the expression of a working class revolt (although this can be challenged) against the […]

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    Are the DUP for turning? When the Union is perceived to be at risk, all options are on the table

Are the DUP for turning? When the Union is perceived to be at risk, all options are on the table

The UK government’s latest attempt to push a deal through Parliament failed when the DUP supported the Letwin amendment. Mary C. Murphy explains the DUP’s thinking and options. She writes that, while they can continue to pursue a strategy which is focused on revising the deal to their satisfaction, it is also possible that they could change tack completely […]

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    Empty Bills: The 2019 Queen’s Speech was an odd contribution to solving the UK’s problems

Empty Bills: The 2019 Queen’s Speech was an odd contribution to solving the UK’s problems

Artemis Photiadou and Alice Park draw on various strands of research to argue that unless a Conservative manifesto is more radical and relevant than this Queen’s Speech, then a future Johnson government will fail to address fundamental issues, many of which have been caused by other Conservative policies.

Though the likelihood remains the Queen’s Speech will be voted down in […]