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    Taking back control – but not just yet. The UK’s post-Brexit future is now in Germany’s hands

Taking back control – but not just yet. The UK’s post-Brexit future is now in Germany’s hands

With each passing day since the referendum it gets more and more obvious that there is no plan or model emerging from Vote Leave to take the country forward into negotiations. The absurdity of this is obvious, but here Charles Lees looks at how this hands power to Germany, whilst also outlining the domestic power struggles that Angela Merkel is herself navigating.

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    Assuming Brexit takes place, we’re at the beginning of a fundamental transition – but we don’t know where it will lead us

Assuming Brexit takes place, we’re at the beginning of a fundamental transition – but we don’t know where it will lead us

The political ramifications of Brexit keep making themselves known, with Labour pondering Leadership change, the Prime Minister resigning, and Scotland perhaps heading for a second independence referendum. Here, Andrew Blick looks at the constitutional ramifications of Brexit, arguing that if it goes ahead, we are on the brink of fundamental constitutional change. 

Brexit is, at root, a constitutional issue. It engages the fundamental […]

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    Delaying talks with the rest of the EU is fraught with economic risk

Delaying talks with the rest of the EU is fraught with economic risk

Last week it was all about hypotheticals, scenarios and speculation. Now, it’s real and it will rapidly become clear whether those who foresaw short term damage to the British economy from Brexit were correct, writes Iain Begg. But it is alarming to hear Brexiteers who forecast only a short-term shock calling for a delay in invoking Article 50 – […]

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    Voters have punished the ‘elite’ – and this is not just a British phenomenon

Voters have punished the ‘elite’ – and this is not just a British phenomenon

The UK has voted to leave the European Union. Sara Hobolt writes that although the result has come as a shock to Britain and the rest of Europe, the signs were there that the Leave campaign could win and the discontent among British voters is mirrored in many other countries across Europe. Voters took the opportunity to ‘stick it to […]

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    The Brexit debate is far from over: there will have to be a further vote

The Brexit debate is far from over: there will have to be a further vote

Britain has voted for Brexit but what comes next is remarkably unclear. James Strong argues that four key questions remain. When will negotiations begin? What will they focus on if those for Brexit have two main desires: to restrict the movement of people but also have the best trading relationship with the EU – which requires such freedom? And […]

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    ‘Banging on about Europe’: how the Eurosceptics got their referendum

‘Banging on about Europe’: how the Eurosceptics got their referendum

Brexit would be a ‘self-inflicted wound’, David Cameron declared this week. He should know about those, writes Tim Bale. He traces the Conservative rebellions that extracted successive concessions from the PM, to no avail – until he finally tried to appease his party’s Eurosceptics by promising them a referendum.

On Tuesday, we heard the Prime Minister give his final plea on why we should remain […]

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    Back to school – parallels between the EU referendum and the process of academisation

Back to school – parallels between the EU referendum and the process of academisation

Using a case study, Stephen Rayner draws parallels between the academisation of schools in England and the discourses around the EU Referendum. Following numerous fieldwork interviews, he divides participants into two categories: those who wished to Remain a local authority school and those who wished to Leave. The final result? A rather messier reality falling somewhere awkwardly between the two…

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    Which argument will win the referendum – immigration, or the economy?

Which argument will win the referendum – immigration, or the economy?

Tomorrow, British voters are asked to choose between remaining in or leaving the European Union. This choice may appear deceptively simple, but the issues are complex. The long and divisive referendum campaign has presented voters with a multitude of opposing arguments, facts and even falsehoods. But which arguments have resonated most with voters? Sara Hobolt and Christopher Wratil report […]