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Brexit and the logics of ableism

Dan Goodley

Interdependence is central to the lives of disabled people – yet an ideology of ableism, reflected in the Brexit vote, runs counter to this Since June and the fall-out from the EU referendum result many of us on the left of British politics (and the related media) have struggled to make sense of the decision to leave the EU. Trawling … Continue reading

26 October 2016 by
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The CBI, British business and employment rights after Brexit

Scott Lavery

Brexit undermines the CBI’s EU engagement strategy. British business now faces a dilemma about how to influence social and employment policy In the run-up to the EU referendum, both the trade unions and the Labour leadership warned that Brexit could lead to an attack on a range of employment rights underpinned by EU legislation.  This argument was generally made with … Continue reading

4 October 2016 by
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‘Brexit means Brexit’ must not mean ‘keep calm and carry on’

The UK needs a long-term project of nation-building, not continuation with the neoliberal policy settings of the last 40 years. The Brexit vote demonstrated what a strikingly divided country Britain is.  Leave versus Remain voters tended to be divided along the lines of young versus old, educated versus less educated, and affluent versus poor.  Voting patterns indicated divisions between the … Continue reading

31 August 2016 by
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Brexit Britain and the political economy of undemocracy: Part II – the left

Craig Berry

While the right acts decisively to restore the established order, the Corbyn experiment eschews both democracy and state power, and thus Labour’s best hope of transforming capitalism. Labour’s current predicament is one of many dimensions.  It is also not simply Labour’s dilemma, insofar as the turmoil engulfing the party is symptomatic of that which now characterises the basic notion of … Continue reading

17 August 2016 by
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Brexit Britain and the political economy of undemocracy: Part I – the right

Craig Berry

The aftermath of economic crisis, followed by Brexit, has seen the dismantling of democratic norms in Britain. The right benefits, while the left stands by. Another Conservative Prime Minister, another Downing Street speech drenched in one nation mythology.  Many will doubt Theresa May’s sincerity when she talks about equality and inclusion, but to conclude that she is being duplicitous would … Continue reading

10 August 2016 by
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‘Who dun Brexit’: ‘globalisation’ or global neoliberalism?

Tony Payne

These two phenomena need to be distinguished in order to expose some of the conceptual camouflage being thrown up about the cause of Brexit We are now already a month into the great Brexit debate in Britain. It’s been extraordinarily interesting, even for people depressed by its initiation.  The good news is that it has been substantially more sophisticated in … Continue reading

27 July 2016 by
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Return to the Commonwealth? UK-Africa trade after Brexit

Peg Murray-Evans

Calls for a post-Brexit return to the Commonwealth ignore the existing privileged EU-Africa trade relationship as well as the UK’s now diminished trade influence In a speech to the Institute of Chartered Engineers in February, David Davis MP – now Secretary of State for Exiting the EU – told the audience: ‘The only Commonwealth country to enjoy a free trade … Continue reading

21 July 2016 by
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It’s Independence Day – or is it? Brexit and Scottish independence

Despite a post-Brexit consensus about the UK breaking up – might the chances of Scottish independence now be reduced? After the UK’s referendum decision, on 23 June 2016, to leave the EU, we face considerable uncertainties. What will be the economic effects of Brexit?  We can’t be sure.  What sort of deal will the UK be able to negotiate with … Continue reading

15 July 2016 by
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After Brexit where next for UK employment rights?

Jason Heyes

The new Conservative government could rewrite employment rights, what happens now will depend on whether pragmatism or ideology prevails The potential consequences of Brexit for UK employment rights was a prominent issue in the debate that preceded the referendum.  Many employment entitlements are underpinned by European directives that establish a basic floor of rights for all EU and EEA member … Continue reading

14 July 2016 by
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Breaking up is hard to do

Professor Andrew Gamble

Early pointers to what the future may hold for post-Brexit Britain The consequences of the Brexit vote will take many years to be fully understood, and there are likely to be many twists and surprises on the way.  But here are a few pointers to what the future may hold. The Conservatives will unite Events since the Referendum result have … Continue reading

4 July 2016 by
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Taking control? The trade policy consequences of Brexit

Gabriel Siles-Brugge

The only thing uniting the contradictory strands of the trade policy discourse for Brexit was the refrain of ‘taking control’. But in the post-Brexit landscape that will prove more difficult to achieve. During the EU referendum campaign, the official Vote Leave campaign claimed (echoed by the alternative Leave.EU campaign) that Brexit would allow Britain to ‘take back control of [its] … Continue reading

30 June 2016 by
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Britain and Brexit: the earthquake and its aftershocks

Simon Bulmer

Six key issues reveal the early impact of the Brexit earthquake, but this is uncharted territory and more aftershocks will follow Whether you regard the referendum result with delight or dismay, what is already clear is that it has created an earthquake in British politics, with the tremors extending to mainland Europe as well. This outcome is the biggest challenge … Continue reading

29 June 2016 by
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From Brexit reflex to Brexistential crisis

Colin Hay

How did we get here – and where, exactly, is here? Just a little over five months ago I ‘predicted’, in the Cassandra-esque manner to which I am sometimes accustomed, Brexit, the breakup of Britain and a second global financial crisis. I very much hoped – as I made clear at the time – that my prophecy, like so many … Continue reading

28 June 2016 by
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Brexit = austerity squared

Craig Berry

The UK’s withdrawal from the European Union is a product, ironically, of the political elite’s longstanding aversion to democratic self-rule The UK has voted to leave the European Union; well, technically. In practice, the 17.5 million people voting for Brexit will have been voting for many different things, not all of which are relevant to the EU or the UK’s … Continue reading

28 June 2016 by
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Brexit and the left: heading deeper into the void?

Owen Parker

The support in traditional Labour party heartlands for leaving the EU should serve as a wake up call for the British and European left The decision of a sizeable number of working class Britons to vote to leave the EU on 23rd June was a significant factor in the outcome of the EU referendum. According to polling data 60+% of … Continue reading

27 June 2016 by
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Tactics without strategy: Brexit and the politics of conceit

The political and economic forces unleashed by the referendum result now pose profound challenges for Leave politicians and the Labour Party With two million Conservative voters seemingly ‘undecided’ last week and Labour voters preponderantly pro-Remain but susceptible to no-shows at the ballot booth, it was tempting to presume before the vote that an event of this magnitude might be decided … Continue reading

27 June 2016 by
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EU referendum result – reaction from SPERI researchers

Scott Lavery and Owen Parker, co-leaders of SPERI’s European Capitalism and the Future of the European Union research programme, have responded to today’s EU referendum result. Scott Lavery:The ‘Leave’ victory was delivered by larger than expected turnouts and victory margins in generally poorer areas of England and Wales. In particular, working class communities in the North East and East of … Continue reading

24 June 2016 by
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Repost: Brexistential Crisis – what would Cassandra say?

Colin Hay

In January Colin Hay, SPERI’s co-director, predicted that Britain would vote to leave the European Union in 2016. Today as that prediction (in the manner of Cassandra) comes to pass we’re reposting Colin’s article which goes on to make two further predictions about the break-up of Britain and a second financial crisis. Prediction is a dark art – a terrain … Continue reading

24 June 2016 by
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