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

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

Starts: Oct 17, 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

Starts: Aug 1, 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 More...

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

Sir Stephen Wall

UCL European Institute

Chair of the Advisory Board, UCL European Institute, 2010-2014

Sir Stephen Wall

Stephen Wall joined the Diplomatic Service in 1968 and worked closely with five British Foreign Secretaries. He was Foreign Policy Adviser to Prime Minister John Major and EU adviser to Prime Minister Tony Blair.

He was British Ambassador to Portugal from 1993 to 1995, Permanent Representative to the European Union from 1995 to 2000 and Head of the European Secretariat in the Cabinet Office from 2000 to 2004.  From 2004 to 2005 he was the Principal Adviser to the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Westminster.

Taking up the baton from Alan Milward, he was appointed by the Prime Minister in 2007 to write Volumes II and III of the British Government’s official history of Britain’s relations with her EU partners. His Official History of the United Kingdom and the European Community Volume II, 1963-1975 was published in 2012. His book: A Stranger in Europe: Britain and the EU from Thatcher to Blair, was published in 2008. He is now writing the final volume of the Official History of Britain's relations with the European Union, covering the period 1975-1991.

Sir Stephen was Chair of the Council of University College London until October 2014. He is Chair of the Federal Trust, Chair of Trustees at Cumberland Lodge, Vice-Chair of  Business for New Europe, Member of the Council of Wilton Park, Member of the Board of Trustees of the Thomson Foundation, Trustee of the Franco-British Council and Honorary Fellow of Selwyn College Cambridge. He is also on the Council of the European Council on Foreign Relations and holds a Doctor of Laws honoris causa from the University of Birmingham.