Worth asking: Is there an antisemitic tinge to the attacks on Speaker John Bercow?

Michael Berkowitz, Historian at UCL, questions whether the toxicity of the Brexit debate has not gone one step too far when it comes to the Speaker of the House John Bercow. With antisemitism resurging strongly in the politics in Europe, it is a question worth asking and a crucial problem to tackle.  On 18 March 2019, Speaker of the House John Bercow caused a sensation by disallowing … Continue reading Worth asking: Is there an antisemitic tinge to the attacks on Speaker John Bercow?

Its about Sovereignty, stupid – which is why we need a long extension

Michael Grubb discusses three realities about Brexit that need to be recognised in order to move the process forward. There should be time for a wider debate about what sovereignty means which only a long extension can offer.  So, some 33 tortuous months after the Brexit Referendum, the third rejection of May’s deal means that Parliament now has 10 days to propose a way forward. … Continue reading Its about Sovereignty, stupid – which is why we need a long extension

Doris, cleaner to the chattering classes, and the Brexit deadline

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Doris cleaner to the chattering classes

A UCL European Institute series of cartoons by Ros Asquith featuring Doris, a cleaning lady that witnesses the divides of a society shaken by Brexit. This series will be composed of a monthly cartoon shedding light on a particular issue around the British society and Brexit from July 2018 till the departure of the UK from the EU in March 2019.

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How long an extension to Article 50 does the UK need?

Despite last-minute additions, Theresa May’s Brexit deal has again been heavily defeated in the Commons. Hence, MPs will need to consider an extension of Article 50. Meg Russell and Alan Renwick argue that for any practical purposes – including renegotiating a deal, or holding a referendum or citizens’ assembly to break the Brexit impasse – the extension previously proposed by the Prime Minister is too … Continue reading How long an extension to Article 50 does the UK need?

A second Brexit referendum: Democracy as discovery

In this last post in a series of 4 for the Political Quarterly, Albert Weale explores how the result of a second referendum would be considered. Now that the options are clearly on the table for the electorate, a confirmatory vote would make sense for this “once in a generation” choice. I began this series of blogs by noting the fogginess of the UK’s constitutional … Continue reading A second Brexit referendum: Democracy as discovery