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The Constitution of Democracy

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

weale

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

In Defence of Miller

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

gina-miller

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

King&Barber

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

parliament

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

Cicero

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

Lies, Damn Lies and Leave.EU Leaflets

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Start: Jun 9, 2016 12:00:00 AM

Brexit Muffins

As the Brexit campaign heats up, many of us are receiving leaflets urging us to vote either “in” or “out”. Whilst it is to be expected that each camp will attempt to frame the argument in a way that favours its cause, the Leave.EU leaflet makes claims that are clearly misleading. UCL academics Randoph Bruno, Filipa Figuiera and Jan Kubik set the record straight.
9 June 2016
Randoph Bruno, Filipa Figueira and Jan Kubik

Oligarch Vlad Plahotniuc learns to consolidate authoritarianism in Moldova

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

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A recent and ongoing move towards authoritarianism in Moldova is a case of authoritarian learning, argues Stephen Hall, PhD student at UCL SSEES. The diminishing of political alternatives to the Democratic Party of Moldova has increased the power of Oligarch Vlad Plahotniuc and could lead to a stand-off with the EU in the future.
7 June 2016
Stephen Hall

EU referendum: the view of a UCL clinician-scientist

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Start: May 10, 2016 12:00:00 AM

EU Membership and UK Science

John Martin, Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine at UCL, argues that scientific advance relies on creativity, cooperation, and financing. To leave the EU would diminish all three, dimming the light of British science in the world and threatening the UK’s future economy. This piece is part of the UCL European Institute’s commissioning partnership with openDemocracy. For more on this topic, join the UCL European Institute for its high-level panel discussion EU Membership and UK Science on 12 May.
10 May 2016
John Martin

‘Eurofog’ of claim and counterclaim on EU membership and UK science

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Start: May 10, 2016 12:00:00 AM

‘Eurofog’ of claim and counterclaim on EU membership and UK science

Graeme Reid, Professor of Science and Research Policy at UCL, recently advised a House of Lords inquiry on the impact of EU membership on UK  science and research. In this post, he discusses the inquiry’s main findings, both expected and unexpected. He also joins a high-level panel to discuss the topic at the UCL European Institute on 12 May 2016.
10 May 2016
Graeme Reid

Something rotten in the state of Czechia?

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

Klima cover

The Czech Republic has been in the news recently because of its politicians' somewhat quick Celtic campaign to rebrand the country to the world as ‘Czechia’. But among political scientists and businesspeople the country's name has long suffered worst damage than this.
5 May 2016
Dr Sean Hanley

What the people of Nagorno-Karabakh think about the future of their homeland

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

What the people of Nagorno-Karabakh think about the future of their homeland

The disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakah has been caught in a tug-of-war between Armenia and Azerbaijan for decades. Internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan, it’s home to an estimated 120,000 people, primarily ethnic Armenians, who want to separate from Azerbaijan. It’s been a de facto independent state since a fragile ceasefire was brokered in 1994, and low-level violence has flared up every spring ever since.
3 May 2016
Kristin M. Bakke

Migration, the lightning rod of the EU referendum

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Start: Apr 14, 2016 12:00:00 AM

Migration

The EU-Turkey deal should have no role in the Brexit debate, yet it brings the crucial question of the European Union and migration into focus at an inopportune time.
14 April 2016
Uta Staiger

Unsettling times for a settled population? Polish perspectives on Brexit

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Start: Apr 14, 2016 12:00:00 AM

Poland

Many Poles have lived, worked, and settled in the UK for up to 12 years now. Anne White, Professor of Polish Studies at the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies, says it’s no longer so easy for them to pick up and leave.
14 April 2016
Anne White

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