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If it had been a referendum, Remain could have won

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The LibDems, then the SNP, followed by Labour, made a catastrophic error of judgement in agreeing to hold yesterday’s general election, writes Jon Danzig, founder of the pro-Remain campaign, Reasons2Remain. Instead, the three parties – and others – could and should have worked together to resist Mr Johnson’s desperate plea to hold a new election. Then, […]

DIMES – Diversity, Inclusion and Multidisciplinarity in European Studies

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DIMES – Diversity, Inclusion and Multidisciplinarity in European Studies UACES and the European Studies Association of Sub-Saharan Africa (ESA-SSA) are excited to embark upon this joint initiative generously funded by the EU’s Erasmus+ Jean Monnet Projects. Our aim is to broaden the disciplinary and geographic scope of voices represented in European studies, and to reinforce the […]

Güzelyurtlu and Others v. Cyprus and Turkey: An Important Legal Development or a Step Too Far?

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The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights recently delivered a judgment on a case concerning the murder of a Turkish Cypriot family. Nasia Hadjigeorgiou examines how this has broken new legal ground, while raising questions about the Court’s ability to address legal challenges in contexts of frozen conflict.

EU membership for just 34p a day each

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Being a member of the EU costs on average only around 34p a day each. That’s a bargain, especially as the value of EU benefits far outweigh the cost. The Confederation of British Industry has calculated that EU membership is worth around £3,000 a year to every British family — a return of nearly £10 for each […]

Labour’s Brexit policy is on page 88 of their manifesto

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  Brexit takes a low priority in Labour’s general election manifesto, as does Remain. That will be a disappointment to Labour Remainers, who represent a significant majority of the party’s members and voters. Labour’s policy on Brexit is just three pages long and nestled deep in their manifesto on page 88. That probably tells us as […]

We should have the courage to admit that Brexit is nuts

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Britain’s been negotiating to leave the EU, just so we can negotiate another arrangement to get back as much as possible of what we’ve already got as an EU member, but on considerably inferior terms. If we don’t get what we want (i.e. the EU benefits we desperately want back after we’ve left), the government […]

A short guide to sabotaging the European Union

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As we await decisions on extensions and general elections, I thought we might step back and consider the question of how the UK might behave during its remaining time as a member state. In the run-up to the new extension, there was much talk from Leave MPs and activists in Westminster about trying to sabotage […]

After the EP Elections 2019: Mind the populists’ divisions concerning EU policies!

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The longstanding “duopoly” between the two major parties is over: The 9th European Parliament (2019-2024) will have a political centre that is both larger and more multi-coloured, with more broadly liberal or green Members. Populist Radical Right Parties gained in weight, too, but their success was – overall – significantly smaller than expected.

Trick or Treaty? The Brexit Withdrawal Bill

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At 8pm last night, the government published the legislation for Boris Johnson’s proposed Brexit deal. The Withdrawal Agreement Bill (WAB) is 115 pages long and has an extra 126 pages of explanatory notes. MPs have just 24 hours to digest this WAB before casting their first key votes on it later tonight. The legislation is […]

No deal -v- the deal -v- no Brexit

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Tomorrow, Parliament votes – yet again – on whether to accept the latest Brexit withdrawal agreement, put together at the last minute after Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, agreed to key concessions (yes, he blinked first). Over three years after the EU referendum, the choice still facing the country is the deal (as revised), no deal, […]

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