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Britain has lost a role, and failed to find an empire

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Start: Jan 17, 2017 12:00:00 AM

Britain Map

Theresa May's long-awaited Brexit speech must be understood as an aspiration, rather than a roadmap, since its realisation requires the consent of other parties and the removal of important contradictions, argues Benjamin Martill.
17 January 2017

The aftermath of Berlin: what implications for German politics?

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Start: Dec 20, 2016 12:00:00 AM

The aftermath of Berlin: what implications for German politics?

Uta Staiger, Executive Director of the European Institute, comments on the German political and media responses after the Christmas market attacks, in a piece originally published by the New Statesman.
20 December 2016

What will Brexit mean for London's digital entrepreneurs?

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Start: Dec 19, 2016 12:00:00 AM

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Oliver Patel, Research Assistant at the European Institute, offers three reasons why the Brexit vote is worrying for London's tech community.
Oliver Patel (UCL European Institute)
19 December 2016

More than just populism

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Start: Dec 5, 2016 12:00:00 AM

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On 4 December Italians rejected Matteo Renzi’s proposed constitutional reforms, leading to his resignation as Prime Minister. Roberta Damiani and Meg Russell argue that the referendum result demonstrated the perils of referendums on detailed constitutional matters and in particular of attempted second chamber reform.
16 December 2016

Malign influence, lame duck or honest broker?

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Start: Dec 5, 2016 12:00:00 AM

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Nick Wright (UCL School of Public Policy) suggests three scenarios for Britain’s relationship with the EU after Article 50 is triggered.

Brexit and a Divided Country

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Start: Dec 5, 2016 12:00:00 AM

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There are plenty of lessons to take away from the UK’s vote to leave the European Union, argues Uta Staiger in a piece originally published in the Progressive Post. Some of them make for uncomfortable reading. But they must not be ignored – for both the UK and the EU’s sake.
15 December 2016

Brexit in the Supreme Court: Your Questions Answered

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Start: Dec 5, 2016 12:00:00 AM

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The Supreme Court will be the centre of political attention this week when the government’s appeal of last month’s High Court ruling on the triggering of Article 50 is heard. Robert Hazell and Harmish Mehta offer an overview of what the case is about, the likely outcome and its implications for the Brexit timetable.

The Constitution of Democracy

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Start: Nov 18, 2016 12:00:00 AM

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Albert Weale argues that the Article 50 case did not represent the judges against the people, as some newspaper headlines suggested, but the judges for the people.

The Brexit Brokers

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Start: Nov 18, 2016 12:00:00 AM

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Meet the people who will deal the cards that could seal Britain's fate - on Europe's behalf.
Uta Staiger and Nicholas Wright (UCL)
18 November 2016

Piet Eeckhout on the Supreme Court challenge

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Start: Dec 5, 2016 12:00:00 AM

Professor Piet Eeckhout, Academic Director of the UCL European Institute and Professor of EU Law at the UCL Faculty of Laws, argues the outcome of the Supreme Court case will have significant implications for the UK's bargaining power and legitimacy, but is unlikely to stop Brexit.

In Defence of Miller

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Start: Nov 24, 2016 12:00:00 AM

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Jeff King and Nick Barber present a rigorous and legally dense defence of the High Court’s recent decision that parliament must give its approval before the government can trigger Article 50.

What happens if Parliament's approval for triggering Art 50 is needed?

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Start: Nov 3, 2016 12:00:00 AM

On 3 November, the UK High Court ruled that Parliament must vote on Article 50. If the judgment ends up being upheld by the Supreme Court, what would the implications be? A video commentary by the UCL EI's Academic Director.
Piet Eeckhout (UCL Laws)
3 November 2016

Responding to R (Miller) vs. Secretary of State for Exiting the EU

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Start: Nov 7, 2016 12:00:00 AM

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Opposition to the judgment, the authors argue, rests on a collection of mistaken understandings of the judgment, a series of errors encouraged by the misreporting of the decision in some of the press.
Nick Barber (Oxford) and Jeff King (UCL)
7 November 2016

We need to talk about our democracy

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Start: Nov 7, 2016 12:00:00 AM

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Recent days have seen ferocious attacks against the roles of both judges and parliamentarians in our democratic system - the latest in a series of signs that the quality of our democracy is under threat. The authors argue for concerted efforts to defend that democracy: by pushing back hard against immediate challenges to the rule of law, resisting the lures of populism, and listening to those tempted by populist and anti-political rhetoric.
Alan Renwick and Meg Russell (UCL Constitution Unit)
7 November 2016

The UK decision to withdraw from the EU: parliament or government?

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Start: Oct 17, 2016 12:00:00 AM

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If the principle of parliamentary sovereignty is to continue to have real meaning in Britain, the decision to leave the EU must be taken by parliament, not the government.
Piet Eeckhout
17 October 2016

Does Eastern Europe have lessons for Brexit Britain?

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Start: Aug 1, 2016 12:00:00 AM

Does Eastern Europe have lessons for Brexit Britain

What, if anything, can the experience of (research on) Eastern Europe say to us as we head towards Brexit? Lessons may lie above all in getting to grips with the tempo and nature of political change, its (un)predictability and likely channels.
Sean Hanley
1 August 2016

Hollande's response to the Nice massacre will please only the far right

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Start: Jul 18, 2016 12:00:00 AM

Hollande's response to the Nice massacre will please only the far right

On Thursday night, for the third time since January 2015, President François Hollande was faced with a mass murder on French soil. An ashen-faced Hollande, almost looking like a broken man, appeared on television on Friday at 4am and declared: “This is undoubtedly a terrorist attack; the whole of France is under the threat of an Islamic terrorist attack”.
Philippe Marlière
18 July 2016

Roman oratory and the EU referendum campaigns

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Start: Jul 11, 2016 12:00:00 AM

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In addition to marking a politically decisive moment in British history, the campaigns in advance of the referendum on the UK’s membership in the EU were exciting objects of study for Classicists in terms of the political use of oratory.
Gesine Manuwald
11 July 2016

Where are we now? A response to the referendum

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Start: Jul 6, 2016 12:00:00 AM

Where are we now? A response to the referendum

The left has good reasons to be critical of the EU in its current form. But its problem was not that Labour and the unions didn’t address the question of immigration. Rather, they went into this battle with no vision, no plan and no ideas.
6 July 2016
Philippe Marlière

You can't blame Brussels for Brexit

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Start: Jun 30, 2016 12:00:00 AM

You can't blame Brussels for Brexit

It is not clear that the EU is any less accountable than national governments.
29 June 2016
Ronan McCrea

Brexit: The mother of all uncertainties

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Start: Jun 29, 2016 12:00:00 AM

Brexit: The mother of all uncertainties

So the British people have voted with a margin of around 4%, a little more than 1 million votes, to leave the European Union (EU). Where this will lead lies somewhere between two absolutely contrasting scenarios.
29 June 2016
Paul Ekins

It's Brexit.

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Start: Jun 27, 2016 12:00:00 AM

It's Brexit. First reactions.

A first round of reactions from UCL staff to the EU referendum results.
24 June 2016


The heart of the matter: passion, politics and the EU referendum

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Start: Jun 23, 2016 12:00:00 AM

The heart of the matter: passion, politics and the EU referendum

Both Leave and Remain have appealed to voters’ guts to the extent that reason itself has become suspicious. Emotions will rule the day on 23 June, but at what cost?
23 June 2016
Uta Staiger

The price of solidarity: is Brexit worth it?

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Start: Jun 23, 2016 12:00:00 AM

The price of solidarity: is Brexit worth it?

A misunderstanding of history and of historical time has put European solidarity on the chopping block. Think carefully before allowing the axe to swing, pleads Jan Kubik, Director of the School of Slavonic & East European Studies at UCL.
23 June 2016
Jan Kubik

Undecided on the referendum? These are the three questions to ask yourself in the voting booth

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Start: Jun 16, 2016 12:00:00 AM

Undecided on the referendum?

If there is one thing people can agree on as they prepare to vote on the UK’s EU membership: comprehensive, comprehensible and trustworthy information is in short supply. Every day, the quality of the debate sinks to a new low – yet the stakes are as high as ever. How, then, are you supposed to make your decision on June 23? What questions should you ask yourself when you enter the polling booth?
16 June 2016
Uta Staiger

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