What hope is there for societies undergoing democratic downgrades?

Since the 2008 financial crisis, European democracies have lurched decisively in a damaging direction. Democratic citizens have found themselves with less and less of a say in how their societies are being run, all while more and more severe measures have been enacted in their name, writes Benjamin Abrams (UCL SSEES). There have been a … Read moreWhat hope is there for societies undergoing democratic downgrades?

What the 2019 Labour manifesto says about Brexit

Labour’s General Election 2019 manifesto has been published today, and its Brexit section is titled, “The Final Say on Brexit”. The key line of the manifesto on Brexit is that Labour will deliver a second referendum: “Labour will give the people the final say on Brexit. Within three months of coming to power, a Labour … Read moreWhat the 2019 Labour manifesto says about Brexit

A post-Brexit customs union with the EU would be the worst of all worlds

Of all the Brexit outcomes advocated by MPs, few have been more persistent – and persistently wrong – than the idea that we ought to remain in the/a customs union with the EU after we leave. Support for a customs union was official Labour Party policy for a while, but I am yet to hear … Read moreA post-Brexit customs union with the EU would be the worst of all worlds

Few populist radical right parties want to leave the EU anymore

The EU is a major concern for the European far right, which considers it a threat to national sovereignty – a remote bureaucracy in which “nationalist” forces have no voice. However, today, few relevant populist radical right parties still want to leave the EU, writes Cas Mudde (University of Georgia) in his latest book, The Far Right … Read moreFew populist radical right parties want to leave the EU anymore

What the 2019 Liberal Democrat manifesto says about Brexit

The giveaway clue is the title of the document issued today – Stop Brexit: Build a Brighter Future. The introduction to the manifesto then summarises the party’s position thus: “We are unashamedly fighting to stay in the European Union, and we are the strongest party of Remain. We believe that our best future as a … Read moreWhat the 2019 Liberal Democrat manifesto says about Brexit

Three hard questions (and an easy one) for Labour about their Brexit policy

In the current general election campaign, Brexit is a key issue. Labour’s Brexit policy appears to be as follows: Negotiate a new ‘sensible’ deal with the EU within three months of being elected; Hold a ‘final say’ (i.e. second) referendum within six months of being elected, with ‘Remain’ and the new deal on the ballot … Read moreThree hard questions (and an easy one) for Labour about their Brexit policy

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