The risks of simple majority referendums: learning from Quebec

Britain voted to leave the EU in a simple majority referendum. Gordon Bannerman (University of Guelph-Humber) argues that it would have done better to follow Canada’s example. After Quebec narrowly voted to avoid separation in 1995, the country revisited its approach to referendums. Indeed, not all UK referendums have involved a simple majority. Canada has … Read moreThe risks of simple majority referendums: learning from Quebec

Despicable migrants? UK’s treatment of foreign criminals will only harden after Brexit

An increasing number of EU nationals who have committed crimes find themselves being deported. In the context of the UK’s tortured departure from the EU, the deportation of foreign criminals has become a touchstone of British notions of the public good, writes Nevena Nancheva (Kingston University London). She argues that the UK has effectively curtailed the rights … Read moreDespicable migrants? UK’s treatment of foreign criminals will only harden after Brexit

Cutting Air Passenger Duty can give us the flying start to our post Brexit future

If there is one tax cut that would show in totemic fashion that post Brexit Britain is truly ‘Open for Business’, it would be to cut Air Passenger Duty (APD). Since its introduction in 1994 by then Chancellor Ken Clarke, APD has increased by 680% for long haul flights and 160% for short haul at the same time that … Read moreCutting Air Passenger Duty can give us the flying start to our post Brexit future

Why the new EU leader is good news for Brexit

The blonde haired, blue-eyed German (now former) Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen is set to be the new head of the EU’s technocratic institution – the European Commission. She is a departure from the EU norm in many ways. She is becoming Commission President without having been a lead candidate for a European political … Read moreWhy the new EU leader is good news for Brexit

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