Puffer Fish and Bargaining Chips: Why hard bargaining harms British interests

When it comes to Brexit, there’s no doubt that UK negotiators have adopted a hard bargaining strategy. Benjamin Martill asks whether this is the best strategy for advancing British interests. This blog is based on the Dahrendorf Forum Working Paper, ‘Cultures of Negotiation: Explaining Britain’s Hard Bargaining in the Brexit Negotiations’. The New Politics of Bargaining All eyes in British politics are on the negotiations … Continue reading Puffer Fish and Bargaining Chips: Why hard bargaining harms British interests

Post-Brexit, would Whitehall be able to rise to the challenge of negotiating the best possible deal?

Much will be expected of the civil service if Britain votes to leave the EU. Every Whitehall department and diplomats in Brussels will be embroiled in complex negotiations to thrash out a series of new relationships. Without additional resources and expertise, the UK’s ability to obtain the best possible deal may be hampered, writes Nicholas Wright, Teaching Fellow in EU Politics at UCL. Following a … Continue reading Post-Brexit, would Whitehall be able to rise to the challenge of negotiating the best possible deal?

Will a UK welfare reform ease the UK’s EU negotiation?

Emmanuel Mourlon-Druol, Lord Kelvin Adam Smith Fellow at the University of Glasgow’s Adam Smith Business School, examines the contentious EU freedom of movement rules, how they impact on the British welfare state, and UK government plans for reform. This post was first published by Bruegel. In a speech on 22 June 2015, UK Prime Minister David Cameron pointed at a number of possible changes that could be made … Continue reading Will a UK welfare reform ease the UK’s EU negotiation?

The Upcoming Negotiations on (a Few Aspects of) the Terms of Britain’s EU Membership

As David Cameron begins negotiations for EU reform in earnest, Neill Nugent, Emeritus Professor of Politics at Manchester Metropolitan University, examines the challenges in identifying the measures that will be acceptable for the remaining 27 EU member states, whilst still delivering the changes Cameron has promised the British electorate. The referendum promised for 2016/17 on UK membership of the European Union is, like its 1975 predecessor on UK membership of the European Community, a … Continue reading The Upcoming Negotiations on (a Few Aspects of) the Terms of Britain’s EU Membership