Is the support of Brexit-backing voters in ex-industrial towns key to the Tories winning the election?

The Brexit Party’s announcement that it will not stand in the 317 seats the Conservatives won at the 2017 General Election is a notable development – but not quite the game-changer some make it out to be. The risk remains of a “pro-Leave split” allowing Labour to cling on to Brexit-leaning seats such as Halifax … Read moreIs the support of Brexit-backing voters in ex-industrial towns key to the Tories winning the election?

If Boris Johnson secures a majority, the transition period will not be extended beyond next year

Boris Johnson’s on-the-record announcement last weekend that he will negotiate a SuperCanada-style Free Trade Agreement (FTA) – and that there will be no extension to the transition period after the end of 2020 – should give reassurance to all Brexit supporters that he is on a path to deliver a Brexit which gives us back … Read moreIf Boris Johnson secures a majority, the transition period will not be extended beyond next year

Europe is undergoing a democratic recession

All forms of democracy require renewal and adaptability; envisioning renewal requires an understanding of the complexity of the problem. Europe is undergoing a democratic recession which is at the heart of over a decade of multiple complex crises, Brexit being the latest in a string of setbacks, writes Rosa Balfour (German Marshall Fund). By ‘democratic recession’ … Read moreEurope is undergoing a democratic recession

The European Court of Justice’s pernicious role in the Withdrawal Agreement

In amongst all the various shocking Articles in the Withdrawal Agreement (WA) lie four Articles which in of themselves require that that agreement is never ratified. They are Articles 86, 87, 89 and 184. Each requires its own attention in order to appreciate their pernicious nature and that of their combined effect. Article 86 authorises … Read moreThe European Court of Justice’s pernicious role in the Withdrawal Agreement

Boris Johnson’s Brexit offer will take us to the desired destination – with a basic UK-EU trade deal in the interim

Boris Johnson’s Brexit agreement is the best option for Brexit currently available and one which deserves enthusiastic backing from the electorate next month. While there are more negotiations to be done and many months of effective EU membership ahead to endure, the end point will be precisely where we wanted to be all along – … Read moreBoris Johnson’s Brexit offer will take us to the desired destination – with a basic UK-EU trade deal in the interim

We need to talk about A/B testing: Brexit, attack ads and the election campaign

With the general election a month away, how are the parties targeting voters on Facebook with messages about Brexit? Tristan Hotham (University of Bath) explains how A/B testing is being used to identify the most effective campaign themes. Political parties using Facebook ads have a powerful capacity to hone their messages. Unlike in the past … Read moreWe need to talk about A/B testing: Brexit, attack ads and the election campaign

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