EU Settlement Scheme: the cliff-edge approach puts many vulnerable applicants at risk

27 Jan

On 20 January 2020 Prime Minister Boris Johnson suffered his first defeat in Parliament. An amendment to the European Union (EU) Withdrawal Agreement Bill, moved by Liberal Democrat peer Jonny Oates with cross-party support, passed by 270 votes to 229. Lord Oates’ amendment wouldn’t break the EU Settlement Scheme, but it would fix it, argues Kuba Jabłonowski … Continued

Brexit in GE2019 political advertising: an asset for some, a liability for others

24 Jan

Yes, Brexit was key to the 2019 General Election campaign – but it wasn’t all that voters wanted to hear about. Tristan Hotham (University of Bath) analyses Facebook advertising in the run-up to the vote and finds that while the issue proved an asset to the Conservatives and a liability to the Lib Dems, Labour … Continued

Not necessarily more protectionist – Brexit may make EU trade policy more progressive

22 Jan

The conventional wisdom amongst many commentators has been that Brexit will render EU trade policy more protectionist, as the Union would lose one of its more liberal Member States. Ferdi De Ville and Gabriel Siles-Brügge argue that this is not necessarily the case. Instead, they highlight how the EU could render its trade policies more … Continued

Brexit is finally going ahead. Is it the wrong answer to the right question?

21 Jan

Brexit, it seems, is finally going ahead – although it would be fair to say that we don‘t know quite what it is yet, in the sense that it is still not clear exactly what our trading relationship will be with the EU. It is even less clear whether Brexit is the right medicine for … Continued

Getting Brexit done? We are still a long way off the certainty that business craves

20 Jan

There has been a lot of discussion recently about “getting Brexit done”, which the government at least seeks to use to give the impression that this also includes the trade deal with the EU, and the ability to move on to trade deals with the rest of the world. There are however several reasons why … Continued

Is electoral reconciliation in sight?

15 Jan

Labour and Tory voters are “disgusted” by one another, according to latest ‘Hostility Barometer’, writes Sarah Harrison (LSE). The latest survey from the Electoral Psychology Observatory at the LSE and Opinium shows 47 per cent of those intending to vote Conservative feel some “disgust” towards Labour voters, while over two-thirds (68 per cent) of those intending to vote … Continued

‘Get Brexit done’: Johnson’s election win won’t allow the EU to move on from Brexit

8 Jan

Boris Johnson’s victory in the United Kingdom General Election has been welcomed in the European Union for the ‘clarity’ it is said to bring to the question of Brexit. However, the only certainty at this point is that, from early this year, the UK will no longer be represented in EU institutions. As Ferdi De Ville and Gabriel … Continued

‘Experience has taught Johnson that the penalty for breaking promises is vanishingly low’: Dimitri Zenghelis on Brexit in 2020

6 Jan

LSE Brexit asked some of our academics to predict what kind of Brexit we can expect in 2020. Dimitri Zenghelis (LSE) says we should expect plenty of brinkmanship and subsequent climbdowns from a PM who knows he can get away with them. Britain will leave the European Union at the end of January 2020 and the next … Continued

More fragmentation and division? What 2020 will be like for Higher Education

6 Jan

What will the year 2020 be like for Higher Education in the UK? Anne Corbett and Claire Gordon (LSE) predict more fragmentation and division. The higher education sector had been expecting 2020 to be a sad, if not bad, year. When the transition period ends, the UK’s 136 universities will lose their automatic access to … Continued

No deal is still on the table: Simon Hix on Brexit in 2020

31 Dec

LSE Brexit asked some of our academics to predict what kind of Brexit we can expect in 2020. Simon Hix says that while a no-deal Brexit is still entirely possible, Boris Johnson may want to protect vulnerable parts of Britain from the damage it will inflict. The election result was a decisive mandate for Boris … Continued

The Failure

23 Dec

We got blocked by LBC’s James O’Brien today for very gently and politely challenging him over this tweet: And while this site most assuredly carries no torch for Jeremy Corbyn, it’s a reframing of reality that merits a bit of investig…

Yes, the European Parliament is different from Westminster – and British leaders never bothered to explain how

18 Dec

In this edited extract from his book, Fiction, Fact and Future: The Essence of UK Democracy, former MEP James Elles says that the EU’s structure is often unfamiliar to Britons – something which is not helped by the failure of British leaders to explain it. They have also actively discouraged links between MEPs and MPs. The unwillingness … Continued

Austerity is to blame for the result of the general election, but so is nationalism

18 Dec

Labour’s electoral defeat falls in between the Leave and Remain ideological poles, writes Raluca Bejan (St. Thomas University). She explains that while austerity is partially to blame for the result of the recent general election, so is the nationalist, anti-immigrant rhetoric that pervades British society.  The results of last week’s general election in the United … Continued

Ok, Boomer. Is Brexit stealing the future of millennials and zoomers?

17 Dec

Demographics are shifting against ‘Leave’ in any future referendum. British millennials and the following Generation Z (‘zoomers’) were born as Europeans, writes Jeff Frank (Royal Holloway). Is Brexit stealing their future?  Insofar as Brexit is about the colour of our passports and other aspects of national identity, the younger generations see little gain in reverting from … Continued

The failure of the left to grasp Brexit

16 Dec

The Labour party was eventually persuaded to back a second referendum. This was a historic mistake which led to defeat in the General Election, says Michael Wilkinson (LSE). Labour should have respected the vote to Leave and offered a platform for change based on a future outside of the European Union. Thursday’s General Election was … Continued

How Brexit can give Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland more policymaking power

16 Dec

As the result of last week’s election begins to sink in, one thing on the minds of politicians in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland is the fate of devolved authority after Brexit. In this blog, Anthony M. Bertelli, asks how can Brexit give them more policymaking power? Prime Minister Boris Johnson endorsed devolved authority during a September … Continued