Long read | Brexiteers might have succeeded, but Brexit will fail

15 Nov

After the conclusion of negotiations between the twenty-seven EU Member States and Boris Johnson’s government on the UK’s EU withdrawal agreement, Brexiteers seem to finally be on the verge of achieving their goal, writes Thierry Chopin (ESPOL/Bruges). But will Brexit succeed? Probably not, or else in its current form it will cause many losers, including those who voted to leave the EU […]

Pidcock Refuses Five Times to Say What Labour’s Immigration Policy Is

14 Nov

After the Labour Party conference – something Corbyn views as the sovereign decision-making body of the party – voted for a ‘defend and extend free movement’ immigration policy, the BBC’s Today Programme was understandably inquisitive as to what this would mean for Labour’s immigration plans. Laura Pidcock failed to answer the question five consecutive times… Guido […]

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Whenever abroad, for business or pleasure, we Leavers need to evangelise about Brexit

10 Oct

I’ve now been back in London just over a week since spending a prolonged time in the United States for the day job, though also the passion that made me put to bed my long-term ambition of standing for Parliament when I decided to take myself off the Conservative Party candidates list last Easter, as […]

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While No Deal may not be optimal, it’s a Brexit outcome the Government can manage

4 Oct

Despite being the legal default, the path to No Deal at the end of this month is difficult to see. The Benn Act passed by MPs is a tightly drafted piece of legislation. And the Government’s bold new proposals for a deal are likely to be rejected by the EU – not least because the […]

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At DExEU I saw the May Government agree to Brexit in name only – now we must free ourselves from the EU’s shackles

3 Oct

I worked for two years as a civil servant at the Department for Exiting the European Union. I cannot fault the staff I worked with, who represent the very best and brightest that the British Civil Service has to offer. DExEU felt more like a start-up business than a lumbering ministry of state: it was […]

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Brexit’s Effect on Citizens, Human Rights & Immigration – Roundtable at City, University of London (June 2019)

30 Sep

Project lead Dr Michaela Benson participated in a roundtable event on ‘Brexit’s Effect on Citizens, Human Rights & Immigration’, organised by Dr Adrienne Yong at City, University of London in June 2019.

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Labour Votes to Smash Border Controls

25 Sep

Despite what even the most plugged-in person may think, Labour’s conference is still ongoing – and they’ve just passed one of their most extreme motions to date: Labour’s next manifesto will effectively smash all border controls. Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to receive free healthcare… The motion just passed by […]

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What policy do British voters want on EU immigration? Is there a hidden consensus?

13 Sep

Very few British people know about restrictions on freedom of movement allowed under existing EU regulations. Yet when they learn about the EU’s “three-month rule”, two-thirds (64%) say it would provide “enough control” over EU immigration. And 67% say that they would support the introduction of ID cards if it meant the authorities could enforce restrictions applied in other EU […]

Britain’s young people are anything but a homogenous pro-Remain bloc

7 Sep

Brexit has taught us many things as a country. One of the harsher lessons is that mainstream politicians, along with the media and policy communities, can no longer be trusted to provide an accurate and comprehensive account of why important political events happen.  The Leave result delivered back in June 2016 has greeted by a […]

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