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

A second Brexit referendum: The myth of popular sovereignty

In this second post in a series of 4 for the Political Quarterly, Albert Weale explores what it could possibly mean to say that the people are sovereign. As the sovereignty of the people can never exceed that given to them by the constitution and Parliament cannot bind its successors, he invites us to consider Brexit as a changing process rather than a one-off binding event.  … Continue reading A second Brexit referendum: The myth of popular sovereignty

The rise of euroscepticism in the United Kingdom or the failure of Europeanism

The European Union has severely undermined perceptions of sovereignty and it will fail unless EU citizens regain their voice in the policy process, argues Sophie Heine. Might fully-fledged federalist project do just that? This piece is part of the UCL European Institute’s commissioning partnership with openDemocracy on ‘Brexit Divisions’. Many observers have pointed to the unexpected consequences of David Cameron’s decision to submit British membership … Continue reading The rise of euroscepticism in the United Kingdom or the failure of Europeanism

Undecided on the EU referendum? These are the three questions to ask yourself

If there is one thing people can agree on as they prepare to vote on the UK’s EU membership: comprehensive, comprehensible and trustworthy information is in short supply. Every day, the quality of the debate sinks to a new low – yet the stakes are as high as ever, writes Uta Staiger, Executive Director of the UCL European Institute. How, then, are you supposed to … Continue reading Undecided on the EU referendum? These are the three questions to ask yourself

The Left needs a Better Conversation on National Sovereignty

As many parts of Europe continue to suffer from the Eurozone crisis and austerity, and as populist and far-right political parties continue to gain in importance, voices of the left across Europe are reclaiming the concept of national sovereignty. Renaud Thillaye, Deputy Director of Policy Network, examines these arguments, and suggests that the member states might be able to achieve freedom, and the capacity to act in … Continue reading The Left needs a Better Conversation on National Sovereignty