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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 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 run-up to […]

Who decides who is leader of the opposition?

David Howarth explains the legislation and parliamentary rules that determine who is recognised as the official Leader of the Opposition in Parliament. The political implications of these procedures are significant, given current discussions about who would form a government if the current one were to lose a vote of no confidence.

Jeremy Corbyn has explained his position on what happens […]

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    A national unity government led by backbenchers to block no-deal Brexit is a dangerous idea

A national unity government led by backbenchers to block no-deal Brexit is a dangerous idea

The idea of a government of national unity to prevent a no-deal Brexit is a destructive contradiction and would only serve to sharpen divisions, writes Lea Ypi.
The metaphor of the body politic can be an attractive one to think about political community, especially when the body is on the verge of collapse and you have a name for the […]

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    Governing as a permanent form of campaigning: why the civil service is in mortal danger

Governing as a permanent form of campaigning: why the civil service is in mortal danger

Patrick Diamond writes that the process of governing is being transformed into a highly politicised form of campaigning, with polling and short-term politics being more important to Ministers than long-term policy. This puts the capacity of the state to steer a sensible course through the perilous post-Brexit landscape in serious doubt.     

Dominic Cummings’ arrival as chief strategist in Downing […]

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    Only a new unity government can effectively avert a no-deal Brexit

Only a new unity government can effectively avert a no-deal Brexit

If the UK is not to crash out of the European Union with no deal, Jonathan Boston argues that the current one-party political control of the executive will need to be temporarily suspended.

There is a clear majority view of the House of Commons that any withdrawal from the EU must be an agreed and orderly one, with clear succession […]

Boris Johnson: The last Prime Minister of the Union?

Michael Kenny assesses the likely implications of Boris Johnson’s premiership for the Union, and explains why it will have a significant impact upon the increasingly strained internal politics of the UK.

‘The last Prime Minister of the United Kingdom’. This damning, but also hopeful, judgement of the implications of a Boris Johnson Premiership from the SNP’s Westminster Leader Ian Blackford, […]

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    Boris Johnson’s ‘Australian points-based system’ announcement is symbolic and open-ended

Boris Johnson’s ‘Australian points-based system’ announcement is symbolic and open-ended

Marley Morris explains the likely rationale behind Boris Johnson’s reference to an Australian points-based immigration system for Britain, and why the proposal is fundamentally open-ended.

‘No one believes more strongly than I do in the benefits of migration to our country, but I am clear that our immigration system must change.’ So said Boris Johnson in his first address to […]

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    No-deal Cabinet: time for another Bank of England stress test

No-deal Cabinet: time for another Bank of England stress test

With the new Cabinet made up of ‘Vote Leave veterans and right-wing free marketers’, Costas Milas discusses how the Bank of England may want to respond.

Evan Esar quipped in his Comic Dictionary that statistics is ‘the only science that enables different experts using the same figures to draw different conclusions’. This definitely applies to the notorious Brexit divorce bill […]