Why a landslide victory might actually be a bad thing for Theresa May

If Theresa May is hoping an increased Commons majority will aid the Brexit negotiations, she is likely to be disappointed, argues Benjamin Martill, Research Associate at the UCL European Institute.  Theresa May’s decision to call a snap election at a time when her party is riding high in the polls has been widely seen as an opportunity for her to dramatically increase her majority in … Continue reading Why a landslide victory might actually be a bad thing for Theresa May

Now that Article 50 has been triggered, reality will start to bite

Following the triggering of Article 50, the honeymoon period is over for Theresa May. Oliver Patel, Research Coordinator at the UCL European Institute, outlines the main challenges which the UK faces in the upcoming negotiations. He argues that securing a deal within the two period will be hard enough. Securing a deal which pleases everyone – or anyone at all – will be virtually impossible. Theresa … Continue reading Now that Article 50 has been triggered, reality will start to bite

Brexit negotiations: what does Europe want?

Finally, Article 50 has been triggered. But what drives and limits negotiators on the other side of the table? Overlook the priorities and red lines of the remaining member states, and the complex institutional set up of the Union, at your peril, writes UCL European Institute Executive Director, Uta Staiger. Theresa May, the British prime minister, has triggered Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty. That … Continue reading Brexit negotiations: what does Europe want?

Canada-Dry: Where next for UK-EU Brexit talks?

Amid talk of a UK-EU trade deal, many seem to have forgotten that the divorce talks need to happen first. Kirsty Hughes, Senior Fellow at Friends of Europe, explains that both processes are unlikely to run as smoothly as some might like to believe. She notes that Theresa May faces a range of complex challenges in the Brexit negotiations which her speech failed to mention.  … Continue reading Canada-Dry: Where next for UK-EU Brexit talks?

Britain has lost a role, and failed to find an empire

Responding to Theresa May’s long-awaited Brexit speech on Tuesday 17th January, Benjamin Martill, Research Associate at the UCL European Institute, argues that the speech must be understood as an aspiration, rather than a roadmap, since its realisation requires the consent of other parties and the removal of important contradictions. In her long-awaited ‘Brexit speech’, Theresa May set out a comprehensive vision for the future of Britain … Continue reading Britain has lost a role, and failed to find an empire