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Getting Brexitalk Right: 7 Rules

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Britain’s vote to leave the EU has led to a flood of books, articles, blog posts, and more than enough tweets. I know because I’ve added my own share. It includes my new textbook, Understanding Brexit: A Concise Introduction. Concise is 75,000 words and whether anyone can fully understand Brexit is a moot point. Brexit is the […]

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Does Brexit spell boom or doom for European integration?

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So far fears that Brexit would lead to the unravelling of the EU have proved unfounded. Nevertheless, the effect of the UK’s withdrawal on the future of European integration remains open to much debate and speculation. Whether Brexit spell boom or doom for European integration was the topic of a recently published report for the European […]

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Europe’s Brexit: a successful outcome of negotiations for all?

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The recently published Europe’s Brexit: EU Perspectives on Britain’s Vote to Leave concludes with several key themes about how the other 27 Member States and EU institutions approached and continue to handle Brexit. As should be more than clear to many by now, the story of Brexit cannot be told from a British perspective alone. Nor […]

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Britain’s Brexit Strategy: Lions Misled by Donkeys

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Prime Minister Theresa May’s speech in Florence was intended to move forward stalled Brexit negotiations. But as I argue in this post that first appeared on the Dahrendorf Blog, Britain has found itself running into numerous problems with Brexit because its strategy for exiting the EU has been a textbook example of failed strategic thinking. […]

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A Brexit summer reading guide

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Have you been struggling to keep up with all the new books on Brexit? Were you secretly planning to spend your summer holiday catching up on some of them? OK – perhaps not. But if you were, then here to help is a guide on what to take away with you to the beach or pool to […]

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Brexit is a fascinating case study for students and teachers of UK and EU politics

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Brexit is both a boon and a bane to the teaching and study of British and European politics. In this piece written with Alex Boyle, a politics student at the University of Liverpool, we set out the five ways in which Brexit is central to the study and teaching of both.  As a student learning the […]

Britain and the EU: a Question of International Relations

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In his Chatham House speech setting out the UK’s demands for a renegotiated relationship, David Cameron argued Britain’s EU membership is not merely a question of jobs and trade but of national security. Eurosceptics argue Britain’s leaders have too often allowed such foreign policy concerns to be put before domestic priorities, especially economic and democratic needs. Recent events in […]

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A Kingdom of Many Parts: England, London, the UK, and the EU

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The English make up 85% of the UK’s population, with London home to a population equal to that of Scotland and Wales combined and an economy closely linked to Europe. But the capital and its country are at odds when it comes to Europe. Analysing patterns and differences of opinion in England, and especially the outlook […]

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How the EU responds to a British withdrawal will be determined by five key factors

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How might the EU respond to the unprecedented event of a Brexit? Its response will be defined by 5 I’s: ideas, interests, institutions, the international, and individuals. Looking at these 5 I’s also sheds light on various theoretical approaches to understanding Brexit. How would the rest of the EU respond to a British vote to […]

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More literature on Brexit and the UK-EU renegotiation

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Plenty of literature coming out on the UK-EU relationship. Here I’ll quickly list four reports. In January of this year the Czech EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy published a policy brief on what the EU can do to contain the risk of Brexit: http://www.europeum.org/en/eu-politics-and-institutions/107-analyses-articles-comments/2306-jan-vaska-what-can-the-eu-do-to-contain-the-risk-of-the-brexit The LSE’s EUROPP blog is publishing a series I’m compiling made up of […]

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