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    Brexit is an issue President Obama has every right to be concerned about

Brexit is an issue President Obama has every right to be concerned about

In an interview this week, President Obama raised concerns about the potential of an EU-exit for the UK. Tim Oliver argues that Obama was right to raise these concerns, as Brexit is not simply a matter for domestic UK politics. It would also affect many of the UK’s closest allies including the USA.

In a recent interview with Jon Sopel […]

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    The Liberal Democrats in government: Marching towards the sound of gunfire

The Liberal Democrats in government: Marching towards the sound of gunfire

In 2010 many predicted that Britain’s first post-war coalition government would not last to 2015 and that it would be the Liberal Democrats who would break first. Tim Oliver discusses why the party held on despite massive pressure, and what this can tell us about the performance of third parties in coalition government.
In bygone days, commanders were taught that […]

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    An in-out referendum will not solve the European question in British politics

An in-out referendum will not solve the European question in British politics

The run-up to Britain’s 2015 General Election will see the idea of holding an in-out referendum pushed as a necessary step for any new government that hopes to solve Britain’s European question. But the nature of the European question and the limits of what direct democracy can deliver means all sides should be weary of raising too many expectations […]

It’s time for a Balance of Competences Review of the UK

Scotland’s vote to remain within the UK has triggered a pressing constitutional debate about the allocation of powers and competences in the UK. Meanwhile, the UK government has been busy reviewing the balance of competences of the EU. With attention now on the imbalances and inconsistencies in the distribution of competences within the UK, the recent EU review might […]

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    A devolved government for London would be a big step towards rebalancing power in the UK

A devolved government for London would be a big step towards rebalancing power in the UK

In the wake of the Scottish independence referendum, and Cameron’s announcement of a ‘devolution revolution’, Tim Oliver argues for creating a fully devolved government for London. This would not only improve the running of the most important region in the UK, it would go some way towards breaking the problematic link between the politics and government of the UK and […]

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    Greater attention should be paid to the consequences of a ‘Brexit’ for the EU and other states around the world, not just the UK

Greater attention should be paid to the consequences of a ‘Brexit’ for the EU and other states around the world, not just the UK

The UK’s EU membership is likely to be a key issue in the 2015 British general election campaign: a point underlined by the defection last week of the Conservative MP Douglas Carswell to UKIP. Almut Möller and Tim Oliver write that while the issue is of obvious significance within the UK, a potential ‘Brexit’ is also extremely important for other states within […]

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    The five routes to a Brexit: how the UK might leave the European Union

The five routes to a Brexit: how the UK might leave the European Union

Given the dispute over the new President of the European Commission, and UKIP’s success in the European Parliament elections, the UK’s EU membership is likely to be a key issue in the campaign for the 2015 UK general election. Tim Oliver writes that while a great deal has been written on whether the UK will leave the EU, less […]

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    A ‘Brexit’ would have important implications at the European and international levels

A ‘Brexit’ would have important implications at the European and international levels

The implications of a ‘Brexit’ for the UK has been endlessly discussed, but its implications for the EU and other international powers has hardly been considered. Tim Oliver explores the complex set of possibilities and implications at the European and international level that both the UK and EU need to keep in mind as they move forward.

UKIP’s success in the recent European […]