‘Women and children first!’ The 1975 referendum and the female vote

Polling before the 1975 referendum found that women were more sceptical than men about membership of the European Community. In his book Yes to Europe! The 1975 Referendum and Seventies Britain, Robert Saunders (Queen Mary University of London) explains how Britain in Europe’s campaign went about targeting women. A referendum on the Common Market might … Read more‘Women and children first!’ The 1975 referendum and the female vote

In the age of Brexit, remember the role of the nation state and how British soft power projects influence

So far, Brexit has provoked plenty of soul-searching about Britain’s place in the world, but little clarity about the United Kingdom’s long-term strategic direction. The United Kingdom faces a number of potentially major foreign policy dilemmas on the horizon, posed by changes in the global balance of power, for which we are insufficiently prepared. They … Read moreIn the age of Brexit, remember the role of the nation state and how British soft power projects influence

Feeling vulnerable and unwelcome: the impact of Brexit on EU nationals

Brexit has left EU nationals feeling vulnerable and sometimes unwelcome in the UK. Sara Benedi Lahuerta and Ingi Iusmen (University of Southampton) carried out research among Polish nationals in Southampton, who explained how an increasingly hostile climate has affected them. Recent evidence shows that anti-immigration and xenophobic attitudes in the UK reached a peak during the … Read moreFeeling vulnerable and unwelcome: the impact of Brexit on EU nationals

The solutions to the Northern Ireland border question are out there

In April, Prosperity UK, the politically-independent not-for-profit organisation, launched its Alternative Arrangement Commission, co-chaired by Nicky Morgan and Greg Hands. The cross-party Commission will seek to explore practical and detailed Alternative Arrangements relating to the Irish border, deliverable in a timely fashion and ultimately clear a path for the UK to leave the EU. The … Read moreThe solutions to the Northern Ireland border question are out there

Theresa May’s deal is dead – and Boris Johnson is the only Tory leadership contender saying so

The next Leader of the Conservative Party has an almost Herculean task in seeking to reunify a party which has been riven for many years by disputes over Europe and, most fundamentally since 2016, by whether or not to approve Theresa May’s so-called Withdrawal Agreement. Looking at the six remaining leadership contenders, three of them … Read moreTheresa May’s deal is dead – and Boris Johnson is the only Tory leadership contender saying so

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