Populism and energy: Britishness, Europeanness, and responses to energy infrastructures

Susana Batel (University Institute of Lisbon) and Patrick Devine-Wright (University of Exeter) explore public beliefs about energy issues among differing identities in the UK, and explain how feelings of belonging to different imaginary communities appear to impact socio-political events such as Brexit. The deployment of renewable energy technologies and associated infrastructures has been very controversial … Read morePopulism and energy: Britishness, Europeanness, and responses to energy infrastructures

Brexit: Theresa May seeks to quell support for fresh referendum after senior minister says MPs could be handed power

Prime minister to tell Commons another public vote would cause ‘irreparable damage’ as her allies are forced to deny they are planning one Original source: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/theresa-may-liam-fox-brexit-referendum-deal-mps-parliament-final-say-peoples-vote-tony-blair-a8685916.html

A plea to the PM from a Leave-supporting businessperson: Stop the scare stories and embrace a Sovereign Brexit

What follows is an open letter to the Prime Minister written by a businessperson who backed Leave at the referendum but who for professional reasons is currently unable to enter the political fray. Dear Prime Minister, I have watched with a sense of appalled inevitability your recent unsuccessful visit to Brussels, characterised as it was … Read moreA plea to the PM from a Leave-supporting businessperson: Stop the scare stories and embrace a Sovereign Brexit

Britons aren’t xenophobic about language learning – and we should stop saying we are

What does Brexit have to do with language learning – if anything? Ursula Lanvers (University of York) analysed the claim that Britons’ reluctance to learn foreign languages is fundamentally xenophobic, and found no evidence for it. Rather, people thinking ‘English is enough’ is a more likely explanation for our poor language learning record. Journalism that … Read moreBritons aren’t xenophobic about language learning – and we should stop saying we are

There’s no more certainty with Brexit than there would have been if we’d voted to stay in the EU

Promoting her EU Withdrawal Deal to the people of Britain, to her Government and to Parliament, Theresa May’s central argument has hinged on the supposed virtue of ‘certainty’. I ask myself: for whom and for what purpose is Theresa May’s so-called certainty – and how can something so intangible be a virtue? The Government’s own … Read moreThere’s no more certainty with Brexit than there would have been if we’d voted to stay in the EU

Theresa May’s explanation of why she is postponing the vote on her Brexit deal

Below is the text of the statement Theresa May has just delivered to the House of Commons, setting out her intention to postpone tomorrow’s vote on her Brexit deal We have now had three days of debate on the Withdrawal Agreement setting out the terms of our departure from the EU and the Political Declaration … Read moreTheresa May’s explanation of why she is postponing the vote on her Brexit deal

Pigs in blankets shortage – how Brexit is threatening to ruin Christmas lunch

Following my blog about labour shortages in the agricultural industry, the government has now announced that it will be launching a “seasonal workers” visa pilot scheme.  The aim of this visa is to enable fruit and vegetable farmers to employ non-EU workers for seasonal work, for up to 6 months at a time.  But has … Read morePigs in blankets shortage – how Brexit is threatening to ruin Christmas lunch

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