Brave New World – first reflections on Brexit

The UK has stepped back from Europe and stepped back from the world. Kirsty Hughes explains how in the process, the UK has done deep damage to itself, the EU and the wider world. The shockwaves from England and Wales’ Brexit vote will reverberate and grow for months and years to come. In the first few hours since the vote, there have been calls for … Continue reading Brave New World – first reflections on Brexit

Support for Brexit is no longer a minority viewpoint on the British left

In recent years, Euroscepticism has frequently been associated with the right of the political spectrum in the UK, but a number of figures on the left have also voiced their support for the country leaving the EU. Imke Henkel writes that while criticism of the EU’s handling of the Eurozone and migration crises is understandable, such problems should be used as the basis for stronger … Continue reading Support for Brexit is no longer a minority viewpoint on the British left

The Left needs a Better Conversation on National Sovereignty

As many parts of Europe continue to suffer from the Eurozone crisis and austerity, and as populist and far-right political parties continue to gain in importance, voices of the left across Europe are reclaiming the concept of national sovereignty. Renaud Thillaye, Deputy Director of Policy Network, examines these arguments, and suggests that the member states might be able to achieve freedom, and the capacity to act in … Continue reading The Left needs a Better Conversation on National Sovereignty

Britain’s EU referendum: the pre-referendum campaign, so far

The debate on European issues in the UK has certainly gained momentum since the outcome of the 7 May general election made it a racing certainty that there would be an ‘in/out’ referendum before the end of 2017, most likely on a date still to be determined in 2016. David Hannay, member of the House of Lords and former Ambassador to the EU, reviews the … Continue reading Britain’s EU referendum: the pre-referendum campaign, so far