UK foreign policy in the Biden era: an opportunity for the UK to re-establish itself post-Brexit as a credible international partner

Dr. Nicholas Wright explains why the UK is in for a ‘foreign policy reckoning’ with the incoming Biden administration in the US. Continue reading UK foreign policy in the Biden era: an opportunity for the UK to re-establish itself post-Brexit as a credible international partner

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. Continue reading Brexit and the Paradoxes of European Security

Opportunity Cost: Why Brexit is not quite the security and defence moment Brussels has been banking on

Benjamin Martill, Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at the University of Edinburgh, argues that although many in Brussels view Brexit as a golden opportuntity for EU security and defence, and several initiatives have been pushed forward, the reality is more complicated. Continue reading Opportunity Cost: Why Brexit is not quite the security and defence moment Brussels has been banking on

No Brexit Generation Game For The Welfare State

Brexit, it is claimed, has widened an intergenerational divide. Baby boomers voted for Brexit, while millennials remained silent. This argument remains although youth turnout in the Brexit referendum was, in fact, relatively close to the UK national average. Focusing on a generational divide suits a simplistic oppositional narrative that has pervaded many Brexit debates, yet as Matthew Donoghue and Mikko Kuisma argue in a recent paper in the Social Europe/FES Brexit Paper series, such a complex issue cannot be reduced to these simple narratives. The future of the UK welfare state in the context of Brexit depends more on wider structural issues related to British political economy, rather than the intergenerational dimensions within it. Continue reading No Brexit Generation Game For The Welfare State