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    What history tells us about the challenges of post-Brexit immigration policy

What history tells us about the challenges of post-Brexit immigration policy

Jonathan Thomas outlines four key lessons from recent history to illuminate the potential consequences of the government’s proposed immigration system. He concludes that the ending of freedom of movement represents the start of a significant new challenge for the UK in managing not only immigration, but also the public’s concerns over it.

With the ending of freedom of movement to […]

The Brexit Prime Minister? Assessing Theresa May’s legacy

Theresay May’s real legacy is that her premiership exacerbated the political divides behind the ongoing breakdown of the Conservative-Labour duopoly of the party system, write Christopher Byrne, Nick Randall, and Kevin Theakston.
The political obituaries that followed Theresa May’s decision to step down as Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative party were not kind. The Times’ assessment was that […]

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    Remain, revolt, reform: the EU needs policies that tame capitalism and a politics conducive to socialism

Remain, revolt, reform: the EU needs policies that tame capitalism and a politics conducive to socialism

The fight for Europe cannot just be a fight against how certain things are done, but also a fight for how they should be done, writes Lea Ypi. This requires changing power relations and power structures, both within states and between them.

The one conclusion on which many seemed to agree after the European elections was that: ‘it’s complicated’. The […]

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    Rory Stewart’s plan for UK teenagers: the problem with making National Citizen Service compulsory

Rory Stewart’s plan for UK teenagers: the problem with making National Citizen Service compulsory

In light of Rory Stewart’s pledge to ‘launch’ a universal and compulsory National Citizen Service if elected Conservative leader and thus Prime Minister, Sarah Mills explains how the extant programme works, and why making it compulsory may be a bad idea.

The current campaign for the new Conservative Party leadership and next Prime Minister has been dominated by Brexit, as […]

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    Tough and tender: winning formula for the next Prime Minister

Tough and tender: winning formula for the next Prime Minister

Whoever emerges from the Conservative leadership contest as the next Prime Minister, they will need to have the human and technical skills to tackle both the emotional divisions of the country and the challenges of Brexit, writes Tony Hockley.

Over the summer the Conservative Party will be choosing Britain’s next Prime Minister. The winner will face an exceptional challenge. They […]

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    Vote swings and turnout: making sense of the election that was not meant to take place

Vote swings and turnout: making sense of the election that was not meant to take place

While the No Deal parties may have won the 2019 EP election in terms of seats, the clear winner were the explicitly pro-Remain parties, explains Thiemo Fetzer. He also illustrates how the electoral losses of Labour and the Conservatives appear not to be aligned across the Leave vs Remain dimension that the referendum revealed, highlighting further the need for […]

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    Was there tactical voting in the UK European elections – and did it work?

Was there tactical voting in the UK European elections – and did it work?

In European election terms, the Liberal Democrats are now a major party. Heinz Brandenburg looks at what the 2019 election results tell us about the limitations of tactical voting. He analyses the difference Change UK and UKIP withdrawals from the contest would have made and explains why the d’Hondt system punished the Conservatives so badly.

Nigel Farage and his Brexit […]

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    Seven key stories about the most ‘European’ EP election ever

Seven key stories about the most ‘European’ EP election ever

The 2019 European Parliament elections were like no other: like no other European Parliament election before, and like no other democratic exercise in the world. In fact, it is probably the first time that we may call it a singular European Parliament election because so many of the trends that shaped it are pan-European, write Michael Bruter and Sarah Harrison, […]