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International trade implications post-Brexit

The British government will not have enough time to negotiate all the necessary trade issues once it triggers Article 50, so many interim agreements will be needed to preserve UK trade. - free thinking for the world

Brexit and the banks

Several cities are vying to replace London as Europe's financial capital post-Brexit. What will make banks leave, and what will make banks stay?

What will Brexit mean for London’s tech industry and digital entrepreneurs?

Brexit won’t destroy the high-tech startup industry in London, but it could inflict a lot of damage on it.

The challenges of negotiating a post-Brexit FTA with the EU

While an UK-EU free trade agreement (FTA) may seem the best way forward, the scope of a comprehensive agreement along with the time and capacity needed to conclude it makes that a difficult sell. 

International trade implications post-Brexit

The British government will not have enough time to negotiate all the necessary trade issues once it triggers Article 50, so many interim agreements will be needed to preserve UK trade.

Four myths about Brexit and financial services

UK-based finance firms will need far more than just ‘passporting’ rights to keep up their operations in the EU after Brexit, and the government will likely want something in return.

Brexit: Ireland stands to lose most

Brexit is especially dangerous for the UK-Irish relationship. Government and business need to work together during the negotiations or both economies will suffer.

The dominance of Brexonomics

Fundamental political questions about the character and outlook of a post-Brexit Britain need to be answered before we worry about the specificities of economic sectors and trade relationships.

The business of Brexit: how companies make decisions in uncertain political times

Business has mixed feelings over Brexit, and a relatively small number of factors can explain why.

The economy after Brexit: encouragingly resilient or still a case of ‘wait and see’?

The British economy has not suffered the dire consequences projected prior to the referendum. Were the pessimists wrong, is it a delayed reaction, or are there other forces at work?

Introducing this week's theme: UK business and trade after Brexit

The economy will be centre stage when Brexit negotiations begin in 2017. All week we’re looking at the possible consequences of different types of Brexit on specific sectors and the economy as a whole.

The heart of the matter: passion, politics and the EU referendum

Both Leave and Remain have appealed to voters’ guts to the extent that reason itself has become suspicious. Emotions will rule the day on 23 June, but at what cost?

The price of solidarity: is Brexit worth it?

A misunderstanding of history and of historical time has put European solidarity on the chopping block. Think carefully before allowing the axe to swing.

The rise of euroscepticism in the United Kingdom or the failure of Europeanism

The European Union has severely undermined perceptions of sovereignty and it will fail unless EU citizens regain their voice in the policy process. Might a fully-fledged federalist project do that?

A short handbook of Brexit fallacies

The Brexit debate is full of facts, figures, and fallacies. We look at 18 different fallacies to see where the logic breaks down in statements that often seem ‘right’ at first glance.

Not seen, not heard: the implications of Brexit for children

Exiting the European Union has the potential to severely, negatively impact children living in Britain today, yet so far Brexit has remained a discussion between and about adults.

Brexit referendum folly

The consequences of the Brexit referendum are bad for both Europe and Britain, regardless of the result.

Migration, the lightning rod of the EU referendum

The EU-Turkey deal should have no role in the Brexit debate, yet it brings the crucial question of the European Union and migration into focus at an inopportune time.

The high stakes of the EU referendum

Four weeks ago we launched the Brexit Divisions project to explore the strategies and stakes of the upcoming EU referendum. Looking back, this is what we’ve learned.

Brexit Divisions II: the mother of all migration debates

Migration will play a central role in the June EU referendum. Which arguments, facts, and strategies will the campaigns deploy to swing the vote in their favour?

Losing citizenship and democratic authority in Europe

The EU will continue to be perceived as authoritarian until it reforms its relationship with national citizenship and political community.

EU referendum: the view of a UCL clinician-scientist

Scientific advance relies on creativity, cooperation, and financing. To leave the EU would diminish all three, dimming the light of British science in the world and threatening the UK's future economy.

Some thoughts on the psycho-geography of Europe’s free movement

Eastern European migration takes place in a very different context than it once did. What drives people to leave, and what drives them back again?

How soft security matters in the referendum debate

People fear the extreme and demand their governments be tough on security, but in truth our safety comes largely through control of the mundane. The EU excels at this.

Honeypot Britain: do EU nationals come to the UK for benefits?

The image of the benefits-scrounging migrant is potent, but there is no evidence that this is widespread. Migrants come to work and make lives, not to get a free ride.

Unsettling times for a settled population? Polish perspectives on Brexit

Poles have lived, worked, and settled in the UK for 12 years now. It's no longer so easy for them to pick up and leave.

Migration: it’s why the British people will vote for Brexit

Uncontrolled EU migration costs Britain financially and increases the strain on public services, resulting in a lower quality of life for many Britons and a less generous nation.

Who will offer a winning vision of immigration after the referendum?

Brexit campaigners have yet to offer credible visions on immigration that address voters concerns while also acknowledging certain realities. Whichever side does so will greatly improve their chances in June.

Migration, border security and the EU referendum

The Leave campaign argues Brexit would give Britain back its control over immigration. Even if that were true, the current situation suggests control best comes through cooperation.

Britain benefits from free movement

Voters often confuse internal and external EU migration, mistakenly assuming that a Brexit would better prevent non-EU nationals from 'sneaking in'. It won't.

There’s no love for the EU or immigration, but voters must ask ‘what are the alternatives?’

Free movement is part and parcel of continued access to European markets. Is it worth sacrificing the latter to reduce the former?

A confident UK has nothing to fear from free movement of labour

Migration brings net gains to the UK, and to hamper it would likely be as bad for British nationals as it would be for EU migrants.

EU freedom of movement and Brexit

EU migration could be the make or break issue of the Brexit campaigns. Both sides understand this, but how will they approach the topic?

Brexit from the French perspective

This challenge for ‘in’ campaigners is to answer the demands of citizens without offering Eurosceptics an opportunity to frame the debate.

Defence on the Brexit frontline

The UK has shown little interest of late in enhancing military cooperation with Europe, preferring to work through NATO instead. Would a vote for Brexit change that?

You never know with referendums! A view from Denmark

The Danes have had eight EU referendums to date. A veteran campaigner and former Danish MP relates her experience of these and explains the mechanics of influencing a referendum vote.

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