The cultural factors behind Britain’s ill-suited Brexit negotiation strategy While the UK is weaker than the EU on key metrics of bargaining power, the British approach to the Brexit negotiations has been characterised by hard bargaining. Benjamin Martill, Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at the University of Edinburgh, writes that a number of cultural factors have influenced the UK’s decision to adopt such a sub‐optimal strategy, … Continue reading Hard bargaining dies hard
Sir Stephen Wall, Political Expert, Historian, and Former Ambassador, highlights how the tale of British hostility towards Europe had existed before the referendum to leave the European Union. He notes how Britain’s sense of national identity has been in conflict with its political and economic need for partnership with continental Europe. Continue reading Reluctant European
Simon Usherwood, Professor in Politics at the University of Surrey and Former Deputy Director of UK in a Changing Europe, explains why ‘treating others how you wish to be treated’ has proved a challenge for the UK during the Brexit negotiations. Continue reading The Golden Rule of Brexit
Dr Alexandra Bulat, Young Europeans Network Manager at the3million examines the voting rights of EU citizens. She highlights the barriers to their political participation and provides several recommendations for improving their representation in the UK. Continue reading The invisible minority: where are EU citizens’ voices in UK politics?
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. Continue reading Boris Johnson as a model of rational choice? Understanding the PM’s Brexit strategy