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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Johnson & Davis claim chemicals industry will be Brexit winners – so where are the firms clamouring to leave?

Part one of a three-part-series: Will Brexit mean a toxic chemicals BREACH?

Revealed: The dark-money Brexit ads flooding social media

Facebook has new transparency rules on political ads. But in the last week pro-Brexit groups have spent tens of thousands pushing ‘no deal’ – without having to explain who pays for them.

Tha Brexit, Tha Owns It

If North of England Labour MPs end up voting through a Tory Brexit, then the resulting decline and despair of the region will be their fault.

Stop calling ‘no-deal’ Brexiteers idiots. They know exactly what they’re doing

This is not bungling, or delusion. It’s part of the Great British Asset striptease. And we need to know who’s bankrolling it.

Rethinking divorce: the rights of UK nationals are at risk

The PM alone made the decision to leave the EU on the basis of the referendum result: Article 50 was invoked before setting out what type of Brexit the country would pursue.

‘They were planning on stealing the election’: Explosive new tapes reveal Cambridge Analytica CEO’s boasts of voter suppression, manipulation and bribery

Previously unknown recording reveals extraordinary ‘black ops’ on three continents – exploiting weaknesses in democracies left wide open by governments and Silicon Valley.

National dialogue: post-Brexit, we need a UK-wide coming together

National dialogues operate outside the permanent institutions of government; moving beyond the Westminster bubble to listen to the communities who feel disconnected from government.

Roll up! Roll up! The great Brexit show is now about to begin!

Get it over with? Whatever happens over the next few months, Brexit has only just started.

Will the new Environment Bill really deliver Gove’s “Green Brexit”?

Next week parliament starts scrutinising draft legislation, but environmental campaigners are sceptical about the government’s “loopholes and vague aspirations”.

#Brexit incierto: Las lecciones que el caos británico va dejando

A menos de 70 días de que se cumpla el plazo para el Brexit, la incertidumbre crece en medio de especulaciones y apuestas sobre el futuro de los británicos en Europa y el mundo. 

The ruling class that drove Brexit

The media loves to blame far right movements and moments on the working class. Our Brexit research tells a very different story.

Brexit’s primitive passions could bring havoc to Ireland – and far beyond

The Good Friday Agreement was a marvel that is now threatened by the ignorant and the nasty among Britain’s ruling elite.

Brexit, democracy and the sacred

There is no way back to anything resembling a united kingdom without some kind of sacrifice.

Lexit: The biggest unicorn of them all

Lexiters who portray the EU as mostly underpinned by Hayekian neoliberalism have got it wrong, writes Paul Walsh.

Salmond, Sturgeon and the end of the SNP's imperial era

Just when Scotland's voice is needed in the Brexit mess, the SNP's famous internal discipline seems to be disintegrating into factionalism.

Brexit – The Uncivil War: The former Chair of Labour Leave responds

As we look for ways through the current Brexit impasse, it’s crucial to understand both the key role played by Labour Eurosceptics in swinging the vote – and that movement’s long history.

Ten reasons I came round to a People's Vote

A second referendum denies democracy, I thought - but arguments on the other side have become overwhelming.

Beyond the Brexit pantomime

Forget the political melodrama. What matters most are the deep weaknesses in our democracy that Brexit has exposed – and which extend across Europe.

Think Anew, Act Anew: a Convention on Brexit and a People's Vote

An emergency, public gathering in London will take place this Friday ahead of the big parliamentary debate on the UK and the EU. Come along!

Revealed: the dirty secrets of the DUP’s ‘dark money’ Brexit donor

MPs call on Richard Cook to “emerge from the shadows” after we uncover his trail of illegal waste, unpaid bills and court documents stretching from India to California.

If the government puts soldiers on the streets in a hard Brexit, we must refuse to obey them

The UK defence secretary has said the army is on stand by in case of a no deal Brexit. But the armed forces have no business on the streets of Britain.

Fresh concerns raised over DUP’s secret Brexit donation

Caroline Lucas MP calls on UK watchdog to ‘re-open investigation’, after new evidence suggests ‘deeply irresponsible’ initial inquiry

We need a People’s Government, not a People’s Vote

A People’s Vote with a Tory Government in occupation would also be a People’s Vote of the right, by the right, and for the right.

The conceptual paradox of trusting in Brexit

What the UK government is asking for is not trust but blind faith – literally like turkeys knowing they will be on the Christmas menu with some choice in the various permutations of vegetable.

Revealed: Arron Banks Brexit campaign's 'secret' meetings with Cambridge Analytica

Leaked emails show Leave.EU misled parliament and UK regulator about meetings with controversial Trump-linked firm – where they discussed targeting British voters. Steve Bannon was included in correspondence.

Brexit and the British constitution: it doesn't work

If Parliament is sovereign and wants to vote, it votes. If someone else (the government) is in a position to “give” it the right to vote, it is not sovereign.

A very English take on Denmark

“Here’s also why Brexit happened. Europe is a mystery. Europeans come from a faraway land. Australia is nearer.”

Remainers must change their tune

For Remainers to win a People's Vote, they need to make a positive case

Brexit Citizens Assembly: rising to the United Kingdom's crisis in democracy

On Brexit, as with every other big issue, the future will be negotiated not imposed.

The Brexit disaster is an existential crisis in the ‘Idea’ of Britain

Brexit – driven by unenlightened, defiantly anti-modern nationalism – could be the most serious constitutional crisis since Great Britain’s inception in 1707.

It's time for the DUP to ditch its Brexit crusade and wake up to Northern Ireland’s real issues

Northern Irish confidence is in short supply as political deadlock continues and the DUP flirt with No Deal and non-existent alternatives.

The dangers of a push-button Brexit

The 2016 vote offered a binary choice of in or out. Any new vote must expand the conversation.

A People's Vote without a referendum

There is an alternative way of "letting the people decide" on an issue where MPs seem incapable of agreeing a coherent policy. The Greeks had a word for it: democracy.

Dark money investigations: what we’ve found out, and why we’re looking

For the past two years openDemocracy has been tracking down the secretive, wealthy donors trying to influence British politics unseen.

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