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    Beyond cost-benefit analysis: how emotions will play a part in the EU referendum

Beyond cost-benefit analysis: how emotions will play a part in the EU referendum

Does being a member of the EU make you angry, anxious, uneasy or hopeful? The evidence put forward by Sofia Vasilopoulou and Markus Wagner shows that for many people, thinking about and debating Britain’s role in the European Union is beset with emotions. These are specifically emotions of unease and anxiety that lead to more information-seeking and more careful decision-making regarding one’s Brexit vote. Consequently, these voters […]

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    Boris Johnson’s influence over the outcome of the EU referendum is highly overstated

Boris Johnson’s influence over the outcome of the EU referendum is highly overstated

Boris Johnson, the Conservative Mayor of London and MP for Uxbridge, recently announced that he would campaign for a vote to Leave the European Union in the forthcoming referendum on UK membership of that body. Here, Ben Worthy argues that Boris’ views aren’t as influential as his media admirers may suggest.

Three Reasons Why Boris Doesn’t Matter

Last Sunday evening, Boris […]

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    A double bind: Cameron urges non-discrimination in one policy area, while wanting to discriminate in another

A double bind: Cameron urges non-discrimination in one policy area, while wanting to discriminate in another

The UK government has entered the final stages of its negotiations with the EU. The issues of immigration control and the refugee crisis seem to overshadow the debate. Yet, as Waltraud Schelkle points out, the “Dear Donald — Yours David” letter of Prime Minister Cameron to European Council President Tusk reveals that the other leading issue is financial integration […]

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    EU membership is not the only way to foster labour mobility. But it is the best.

EU membership is not the only way to foster labour mobility. But it is the best.

Labour mobility benefits companies looking for the best staff, but it also enables universities to grow and compete internationally. Nicholas Barr argues that with the EU being a powerful facilitator for such mobility, UK’s membership is the best, even if not the only, way for the UK to attract – and foster – a better-skilled workforce.

Drivers of change
The UK’s […]

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    A British departure from the EU will not inevitably lead to Scottish independence. Referenda are always unpredictable

A British departure from the EU will not inevitably lead to Scottish independence. Referenda are always unpredictable

Determining whether or not a Brexit will inevitably lead to the breakup of the United Kingdom is anything short of an educated guess. Jan Zurawski argues that the example of the volatility of Scotland’s public opinion regarding voting on the independence of their country may as well be replicated when it comes to the European question. Undoubtedly, the Scots […]