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    How I learned to stop worrying and love the EU referendum (sort of…)

How I learned to stop worrying and love the EU referendum (sort of…)

When discussing the EU referendum it’s become fashionable  to criticise David Cameron for taking a dangerous gamble with the UK’s prosperity for narrow political advantage. The argument runs that the decision on whether to stay in or exit the EU is so complex that it should be left to political elites. Here, Rikki Dean argues that this is old-fashioned thinking. The referendum […]

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    An American view on the Brexit vote: an opportunity not worth seizing

An American view on the Brexit vote: an opportunity not worth seizing

This Thursday the UK goes to the polls to decide whether the country should leave or remain in the European Union. Chris Barker sees parallels between the UK Conservative Party’s internal debate over the referendum, and the current fracturing of the Republican Party in the US. He warns that those who see Brexit as a way for the left […]

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    The EU debate, young people, and the giant, neoliberal-shaped ‘elephant in the room’

The EU debate, young people, and the giant, neoliberal-shaped ‘elephant in the room’

Neoliberal policymaking is behind many of the problems facing young people in the UK and across the EU, including debt, job insecurity, and housing. Yet discussions about structural issues are excluded from the referendum debate, argues Laura Cartwright, and so voters are missing the bigger picture of what causes these problems. Without an understanding of what keeps young people […]

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    Project Fear: How the negativity of the referendum campaigns undermine democracy

Project Fear: How the negativity of the referendum campaigns undermine democracy

The referendum debate is not living up to its democratic ideals. Both sides of the divide have focused heavily on negative, fear-based arguments to make their case, which prevent democratic engagement among the electorate. Charlotte Galpin shows how this negativity is inhibiting critical reflection and fostering cynicism. She also notes that the debate is non-inclusive, with an striking absence of […]

Vote Leave’s anti-immigration system is deeply flawed

Just what is going on with the immigration policies being announced by Vote Leave? Are they making promises they can’t keep? Here, Philippe Legrain argues how the Australian-point system doesn’t make sense, especially coming from the Right of the Conservative party. Such plans won’t make Britain an outward-looking global player, they’ll just result in us pulling up the drawbridge.

It’s official: Vote Leave has […]

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    Dark days for the Tories: The implications of the EU referendum for domestic party politics

Dark days for the Tories: The implications of the EU referendum for domestic party politics

The referendum debate has revealed deep fissures in the Conservative Party. Sean Swan considers the different scenarios that might follow the vote, and writes that – in or out – it does not seem likely that the losing side will simply accept the referendum result as the end of the matter.

Most analysis of the referendum has, understandably, focused on the […]

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    What the social media campaigns are saying about the EU referendum

What the social media campaigns are saying about the EU referendum

There are just three weeks left until the EU referendum vote and the official groups have been cranking up the volume with their online campaigning. Here, Simon Usherwood and Katharine A. M. Wright talk through the social media campaigns.
The past week has seen the highest number of tweets from all the groups we have followed since late February: all but one of the […]

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    Laws born out of trauma: in defence of the EU’s conception of human rights

Laws born out of trauma: in defence of the EU’s conception of human rights

With both the EU and human rights demonised in public discourse, Catherine Dupré sets out to redeem the concepts from their critics. She argues that the EU’s conception of human rights, as codified in its Charter of Fundamental Rights, defines a set of absolute rights borne out of wartime trauma and transcending the limitations of a conception of the human that is […]