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

Brexit negotiations: what does Europe want?

Finally, Article 50 has been triggered. But what drives and limits negotiators on the other side of the table? Overlook the priorities and red lines of the remaining member states, and the complex institutional set up of the Union, at your peril, writes UCL European Institute Executive Director, Uta Staiger. Theresa May, the British prime minister, has triggered Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty. That … Continue reading Brexit negotiations: what does Europe want?

Whose dossier is dodgy? Four major errors in Vote Leave’s response

Earlier this week, the UK Government published ‘The process from withdrawing from the European Union’, which aimed to set out what would happen in the case of Brexit. Vote Leave, a cross-party organisation campaigning for Britain to leave the EU, has published a response to this document. In this post, Piet Eeckhout, Professor of EU Law at UCL, highlights four major errors in Vote Leave’s … Continue reading Whose dossier is dodgy? Four major errors in Vote Leave’s response

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?

Early Steps on the Long Road to the Brexit Referendum

Swee Leng Harris and Justine Stefanelli, Research Fellows in Law at the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law, take a look at the diverging attitudes within the Conservative Party towards EU membership and reform, and how some of these are directly at odds with those of party leader and Prime Minister, David Cameron. How might this lack of internal agreement impact on the Conservative Party both domestically in the referendum campaign, … Continue reading Early Steps on the Long Road to the Brexit Referendum