The parochial altruist: why voters are sceptical about immigration

Why are many – even unprejudiced – people sceptical about immigration? Alexander Kustov (Princeton University) shows this scepticism is largely because they think freer immigration will damage their own country. Despite their ethnic biases and other concerns, most voters can support increased immigration if they see that these policies benefit their compatriots in a clear and straightforward way. Why … Read moreThe parochial altruist: why voters are sceptical about immigration

Major constitutional change requires more than mere majorities, it needs overwhelming consensus

The events of recent weeks prove that there is no broad agreement for any version of Brexit. In this post, Charles Turner argues that such major institutional changes require more than mere majorities, they need overwhelming consensus, which is currently nowhere to be found.  ‘Stamina is not a policy’ one Tory MP is reported to have said to Theresa … Read moreMajor constitutional change requires more than mere majorities, it needs overwhelming consensus

Aris Georgopoulos: Revoking Article 50 TEU (C-621/18 Wightman and others): “Iphigenia Must Reach the Altar”

The CJEU’s ruling in C-621/18 Wightman and others clarifying that Member States can unilaterally revoke the withdrawal notification of Article 50 (2) TEU, is bound to have repercussions; in the case of Brexit and beyond. In this piece I present my initial thoughts about the ruling and its possible legal and political implications. I argue … Read moreAris Georgopoulos: Revoking Article 50 TEU (C-621/18 Wightman and others): “Iphigenia Must Reach the Altar”

Populism and energy: Britishness, Europeanness, and responses to energy infrastructures

Susana Batel (University Institute of Lisbon) and Patrick Devine-Wright (University of Exeter) explore public beliefs about energy issues among differing identities in the UK, and explain how feelings of belonging to different imaginary communities appear to impact socio-political events such as Brexit. The deployment of renewable energy technologies and associated infrastructures has been very controversial … Read morePopulism and energy: Britishness, Europeanness, and responses to energy infrastructures

Brexit: Theresa May seeks to quell support for fresh referendum after senior minister says MPs could be handed power

Prime minister to tell Commons another public vote would cause ‘irreparable damage’ as her allies are forced to deny they are planning one Original source: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/theresa-may-liam-fox-brexit-referendum-deal-mps-parliament-final-say-peoples-vote-tony-blair-a8685916.html

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