Disruptive relations with the EU and institutional resilience in the UK and Switzerland

Professor Tatiana Fumasoli, Director of the UCL Centre for Higher Education Studies at the Institute of Education and Lucy Shackleton, Head of Public Policy & Partnerships at UCL European Institute explore levels of resilience in the UK and Swiss higher education systems, in the face of ongoing uncertainties regarding association to Horizon Europe. The UK and Swiss higher education systems share characteristics: strong academic performance, … Continue reading Disruptive relations with the EU and institutional resilience in the UK and Switzerland

Who did Twitter users blame for Brexit?

Much of the acrimonious debate on Brexit of the past few years played out on Twitter. But the sheer volume of Tweets on the subject, and the oft-cited ‘echo chamber’ phenomenon make it difficult to gauge what this conversation looked like. What kind of messages were prominent on Twitter? Which side of the Brexit debate was strongest? How did this change over time? How were Theresa May and Boris Johnson judged in their tenure as prime minister? Continue reading Who did Twitter users blame for Brexit?

Looking Back at the EU Future Relationship Act

Jeff King is Professor of Law at UCL Faculty of Laws, and a Legal Adviser to the House of Lords Select Committee on the Constitution. In this long read, he explores the constitutional implications of the quick passage of the European Union (Future Relationship) Act. This piece is an expansion of a Twitter thread posted on 30 December, 2020 in reaction to the bill’s passage. Continue reading Looking Back at the EU Future Relationship Act

Influencing the European Green Deal and Industrial Strategy: Leaders and Laggards among Small EU States

David Gow, Editor of Sceptical.scot, assesses the strategies which smaller EU member states use to influence EU industrial and green strategy. Focusing on success stories like Finland and Denmark, he outlines important lessons for Scotland. Continue reading Influencing the European Green Deal and Industrial Strategy: Leaders and Laggards among Small EU States