Does Eastern Europe have lessons for Brexit Britain?

Seán Hanley, Senior Lecturer in Comparative Central and East European Politics at UCL, examines lessons learned from historical political change in Central and East Europe, and asks whether any parallels can be drawn with post-Brexit Britain. In the aftermath of the EU referendum a number of Central and South East Europeanists wrote blogs reflecting on possible parallels between Brexit and break-ups of multinational socialist states … Continue reading Does Eastern Europe have lessons for Brexit Britain?

Exit plan: how Scotland and Northern Ireland can remain in the EU

Public discussions about how the UK is to exit from the European Union have been too simplified, and have failed to come up with any solution that recognises that only England and Wales in fact voted to leave. Brendan O’Leary, Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania, outlines a way forward where those nations wanting to remain in the EU might be able … Continue reading Exit plan: how Scotland and Northern Ireland can remain in the EU

Brexit: The mother of all uncertainties

In the aftermath of last week’s EU referendum, the only thing we can be certain of is uncertainty, writes Professor Paul Ekins, Director of the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources, as he outlines two absolutely contrasting scenarios. So the British people have voted by a margin of around 4%, a little more than 1 million votes, to leave the European Union (EU). Where this will lead lies somewhere … Continue reading Brexit: The mother of all uncertainties

Six paradoxes of the Brexit debate

The ‘Brexit’ debate has taken off in the UK in the ten days since David Cameron got his new deal at February’s European Council summit, with daily media coverage and social media from both sides swinging into gear. How the debate, and the polls, will evolve over the coming four months is unclear but, Kirsty Hughes explains, so far various paradoxes are emerging. 1. Mainly … Continue reading Six paradoxes of the Brexit debate

Scotland and Brexit: A path to independence or crisis?

The likely impact of Brexit on the relationship between Scotland and the rest of the UK has made all the headlines but, says Kirsty Hughes, that is just the most obvious of the constitutional difficulties posed by a vote to leave. The EU referendum could be held as early as June – if the vote is for Brexit, a UK-wide political crisis is likely. Recent … Continue reading Scotland and Brexit: A path to independence or crisis?