Brexit: can regulatory autonomy and level playing field be reconciled?

In light of the recently published EU negotiating directives, Prof. Piet Eeckhout, Dean of UCL Laws and Academic Director of the UCL European Institute, argues that the EU’s demand for UK alignment with EU standards could prove problematic, as the EU itself expects the right to regulate and change its standards over time. Should the UK not be afforded this right? There is a tension … Continue reading Brexit: can regulatory autonomy and level playing field be reconciled?

Small States in the Modern World: Opportunities and Vulnerabilities

Michael Keating, Professor of Scottish Politics at the University of Aberdeen, discusses the factors which make a small state successful, noting that such states have a stake in rules-based international regimes, but have pursued highly divergent social and economic models. This blog is part of our project on ‘Small States in the EU’ with the Scottish Centre on European Relations.  At one time, it was … Continue reading Small States in the Modern World: Opportunities and Vulnerabilities

Boris Johnson as a model of rational choice? Understanding the PM’s Brexit strategy

Filipa Figueira, Teaching Fellow at UCL SSEES, assesses Boris Johnson’s decisions as PM. She notes that his behaviour is perfectly understandable, and perhaps even predictable, if we adopt a rational choice perspective. As such, he is a useful case study for those seeking to study such behavioural models. Boris Johnson’s recent election victory may have upset many, but on the bright side it could be … Continue reading Boris Johnson as a model of rational choice? Understanding the PM’s Brexit strategy

Brexit and the Paradoxes of European Security

Benjamin Martill, Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at the University of Edinburgh, begins by outlining the limitations of EU security and defence cooperation. He then explains that cooperation post-Brexit will be difficult, as the EU will set a high bar for UK participation in its security initiatives, and both sides have an incentive to show they can function without the other. Brexit has created … Continue reading Brexit and the Paradoxes of European Security

Smaller States’ Strategies and Influencing in the EU: Lessons and Choices for Scotland

In this long-read, Kirsty Hughes, Director of the Scottish Centre of European Relations, discusses which strategies, tactics and alliances the Scottish Government should pursue, in order to develop its European strategy and build networks and influence post-Brexit.  This blog is part of our project on ‘Small States in the EU’ with the Scottish Centre on European Relations.  The question of how much power and influence … Continue reading Smaller States’ Strategies and Influencing in the EU: Lessons and Choices for Scotland