The heart of the matter: passion, politics and the EU referendum

Both Leave and Remain have appealed to voters’ hearts and guts  – to the extent that reason itself has become suspicious. Emotions will rule the day on 23 June. But at what cost? This piece by Uta Staiger, Executive Director of the UCL European Institute, is part of our commissioning partnership with openDemocracy on ‘Brexit Divisions’. Politics today is suffused with emotion. There is anger … Continue reading The heart of the matter: passion, politics and the EU referendum

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

Migration, the lightning rod of the EU referendum

Uta Staiger, Deputy Director of the UCL European Institute, argues that the EU-Turkey deal should have no role in the Brexit debate, yet it brings the crucial question of the European Union and migration into focus at an inopportune time. Migration has not been out of the news in months. Net migration into Britain has never been higher, despite the prime minister’s promises to reduce … Continue reading Migration, the lightning rod of the EU referendum

Brexit Divisions II: the mother of all migration debates

Migration will play a central role in the June EU referendum. The UCL European Institute’s Uta Staiger and Claudia Sternberg explore which arguments, facts, and strategies the campaigns will deploy to swing the vote in their favour. This article gives an overview of our second guest editor week on the topic on openDemocracy. Migration has emerged as perhaps the most prominent – and certainly challenging … Continue reading Brexit Divisions II: the mother of all migration debates

The high stakes of the EU referendum

Four weeks ago, the UCL European Institute launched the Brexit Divisions project – comprising two guest edited weeks with openDemocracy and two public debates – to explore the strategies and stakes of the upcoming EU referendum. Looking back, Uta Staiger, Deputy Director of the UCL European Institute, explains what we’ve learned. There’s a referendum coming. And as the director of British Future Sunder Katwala has … Continue reading The high stakes of the EU referendum