How soft security matters in the referendum debate

People fear the extreme and demand their governments be tough on security, but in truth our safety comes largely through control of the mundane. Rita Hordósy, Post-Doctoral Researcher at the University of Sheffield, and Matt Wood, Lecturer in Politics at the University of Sheffield, argue that the EU excels at this. This piece is part of the UCL European Institute’s commissioning partnership with openDemocracy. Both the Remain … Continue reading How soft security matters in the referendum debate

Fear Trumps Fact

The Brussels attacks have been used by both sides of the Brexit debate to claim that the UK is either more or less secure as a result of EU membership. Richard Whitman, Professor of Politics and Senior Fellow at The UK in a Changing Europe , argues that rhetoric has played a greater role for both sides than evidence-based claims. The Brussels airport and Metro bombings were … Continue reading Fear Trumps Fact

Why Britain will choose the safer option and Vote Leave

Matthew Elliott, Chief Executive of Vote Leave, argues that the need for ‘one size fits all’ regulations to cover all of Europe makes it impossible for the EU to pursue the best interests of all its members. This piece is part of the UCL European Institute’s first guest editor week on openDemocracy.  In less than four months’ time, the British people will make the most historic political decision of … Continue reading Why Britain will choose the safer option and Vote Leave