Book Review: The Language of Brexit by Steve Buckledee

In The Language of Brexit: How Britain Talked its Way Out of the European Union, Steve Buckledee analyses and compares the linguistic features of both sides of the UK ‘Brexit’ debate, placing these discursive techniques in wider social and historical context. Combining an accessible writing style and thoughtful analyses, the book will help open up and advance the … Read moreBook Review: The Language of Brexit by Steve Buckledee

We can do without Chinese whispers on the impact of Brexit

There was a time when few could even name the Governor of the Bank of England, let alone recognise him from off the telly. Those were the good old days when discretion was the byword and the authority of the position was such that the mere raising of the Governor’s eyebrows was enough to send a signal. … Read moreWe can do without Chinese whispers on the impact of Brexit

Brexit tweets suggest nationalism and austerity – rather than populism – motivated voters

What do tweets posted in the run-up to the EU referendum reveal about the motivations for the vote? Marco Bastos and Dan Mercea (City, University of London) found that nationalist and economic concerns dominated people’s concerns, but populist sentiments were less apparent. As the referendum got closer, there was an upsurge in globalist tweets. The … Read moreBrexit tweets suggest nationalism and austerity – rather than populism – motivated voters

European Research Group publishes guide to keeping the Irish border invisible post-Brexit

The European Research Group has just published its proposals for ensuring the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland can remain invisible after Brexit, while remaining faithful to delivering for the entire UK a clean break from the European Union. The paper, The Border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland post-Brexit, reminds … Read moreEuropean Research Group publishes guide to keeping the Irish border invisible post-Brexit

The EU offered us a Free Trade Agreement with zero tariffs on goods – the Government should grab it

“I propose that we aim for a trade agreement covering all sectors and with zero tariffs on goods” – Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, 16th March 2018 The above sentiments have in the last week been echoed by the EU’s Chief Negotiator, Michel Barnier. Yet the UK Government continues to cling to its … Read moreThe EU offered us a Free Trade Agreement with zero tariffs on goods – the Government should grab it

There is something rotten in the State of the European Union

We Brits often claim that self-deprecating humour is something of a national trait, not really understood by foreigners. But on Wednesday, the EU Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker, indulged in a witty little crack himself. He was about halfway through a rather turgid “State of the European Union” speech when there was a loud interruption from … Read moreThere is something rotten in the State of the European Union

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