British, European or an Anglophone citizen of the world? How Britons identify themselves

What makes a Briton more likely to feel European? Laurie Hanquinet (University of York) analyses a survey carried out in 2012 and finds cultural tastes, social networks and travel in Europe predispose people to identify more closely with Europe. However, Britons who travel widely outside the EU tend to identify strongly with the wider Anglophone world – … Read moreBritish, European or an Anglophone citizen of the world? How Britons identify themselves

So-called ‘progressive Europeans’ are using the Belfast Agreement to derail Brexit

Lord Adonis tweeted that after three days in Northern Ireland he had decided that the DUP wanted a hard border for ‘cultural/political reasons’; but like just about everything else pertaining to Brexit, he is wrong. The DUP haven’t set out to achieve a hard border, but rather a hard border is increasingly inevitable due to … Read moreSo-called ‘progressive Europeans’ are using the Belfast Agreement to derail Brexit

Here are the searching questions the EU27 are failing to ask themselves in the wake of Brexit

As regular readers of this site know, I campaigned to Remain in the EU, but I recognise a democratic decision and that the British people voted by a good margin to leave the European Union. Despite all the controversies around the funding and the information provided during the referendum, I believe the campaign was properly … Read moreHere are the searching questions the EU27 are failing to ask themselves in the wake of Brexit

Which voters have changed their minds about Brexit?

So-called swing voters are often portrayed as being dissatisfied and disengaged from politics. Germ Janmaat (University College London) draws from the conclusions of a research paper on changing preferences on Brexit to challenge that view, and shows that voters who changed their mind on Brexit express considerable interest in politics and believe they are better informed than average. Much research has already … Read moreWhich voters have changed their minds about Brexit?

Labour’s pro-Brexit rebels did their party and the country a favour last week

The attacks by some Labour activists on the four pro-Brexit Labour MPs who defied the Labour whip and voted with the Government against an EU customs union amendment last week – and, by doing so, avoided a defeat of the Government and a possible general election – are misplaced. In fact, their votes rescued Labour … Read moreLabour’s pro-Brexit rebels did their party and the country a favour last week

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