On the Frontline: Brexit as Bereavement

In this article originally written for Discover Society, Verena K. Brändle, Charlotte Galpin, and Hans-Jörg Trenz explore pro-European mobilisation in the UK as an emotional counter-reaction to populist discourse during Brexit and its claim of a unitary representation of the sovereign ‘will of the people’. Since the referendum in June 2016, a new phenomenon of bottom-up, self-organized pro-EU mobilisation has appeared in the UK. In the … Continue reading On the Frontline: Brexit as Bereavement

Brexit, Immigration And £100

Simon Wren-Lewis, Professor of Economics at Oxford University, writes that the EU referendum boils down to economics versus immigration, but that economics wins out when put to the test. With so many heavyweights, from Barack Obama to Mark Carney, saying that we will be worse off with Brexit, why are the polls still neck and neck? There seem to me two reasonable explanations: that the … Continue reading Brexit, Immigration And £100

Migration Watch distort UCL research

Sam Ashworth-Hayes, journalist at InFacts, highlights how a recent report by Migration Watch misrepresents research findings from UCL academics on the fiscal effects of immigration to the UK by EEA citizens. Given the focus the Leave campaign is putting on immigration, it is unsurprising that a report from Migration Watch purporting to show that immigrants from the European Economic Area* (EEA) are a drain on … Continue reading Migration Watch distort UCL research

Migration, the lightning rod of the EU referendum

Uta Staiger, Deputy Director of the UCL European Institute, argues that 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. Migration has not been out of the news in months. Net migration into Britain has never been higher, despite the prime minister’s promises to reduce … Continue reading Migration, the lightning rod of the EU referendum

Migration, border security and the EU referendum

The Leave campaign argues Brexit would give Britain back its control over immigration. Even if that were true, the current situation suggests control best comes through cooperation, says Conservative MP Damian Green. This piece is part of the UCL European Institute’s commissioning partnership with openDemocracy. Migration is one of the most emotive topics in the debate on Britain’s membership of the European Union. For those who favour … Continue reading Migration, border security and the EU referendum