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Francesc Badia i Dalmases is Editor and Director of democraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice


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Should we stay or should we go?


On Brexit, there’s no doubt that UK negotiators have adopted a hard bargaining strategy

But is this the best strategy for advancing British interests? Here is the argument based on the findings of a recent Dahrendorf Forum working paper.

Labour won’t support Brexit, their critics are ignoring all the clues

Corbyn’s strategy is to let the Tories fail on their own terms before plunging in the knife. And Remainers should support him.

The High Court case which could reveal the DUP's secret Brexit donors

The Good Law Project is taking the Electoral Commission to court to find out who was behind a huge donation that paid for Leave campaigning.

‘Second’ bank account: MPs demand probe into Rees-Mogg’s Brexit group

Cross-party demands for an urgent investigation into the financial affairs of the European Research Group follow openDemocracy’s investigation.

Parliament watchdog probes Rees-Mogg’s hard Brexit lobby group over “other sources of funding”

EXCLUSIVE: Emails released by UK parliamentary standards watchdog reveal a ‘second’ bank account held by the powerful ERG group of Tory MPs, as they pressure May to abandon Chequers.

Liam Fox spends tens of millions on firms warning of Brexit dangers

The international trade secretary says even a no-deal Brexit would be good for British business. But his department has spent huge sums with companies that warn of Brexit dysfunction, chaos and disruption.

Moral courage, leadership, and Brexit

Since when is blindly following “the will of the people”, wherever it may lead, the definition of leadership?

Trapped on Brexit Island

How did we get here, and how do we escape? Transforming education would be a start.

Ex-Brexit minister Steve Baker remained in charge of secretive Tory ultra faction

Under the ministerial code, Baker was supposed to cut his ties with the European Research Group when he joined the government in 2017. But newly released emails show that as Brexit minister, he offered them private briefings on critical government policy.

Brexit disaster narrative: whose interest does it serve?

Underestimating one’s opponent and denying the possibility of the worst is not a sound political strategy.

Brexit is a consequence of low upward mobility

In the Brexit referendum, UK citizens were pleading through their vote – and non-vote – for a fair shot at the future.

Why Brexit threatens activism

Theresa May’s Brexit not only reduces democratic and judicial oversight of future decisions – it could restrict UK activists’ ability to protest bad decisions, free from interference and intrusive surveillance.

The DUP’s Facebook ads for Brexit targeted voters outside Northern Ireland

Information released by Facebook shows the DUP said Brexit would be “better for our borders”.

Boris Johnson’s resignation letter is the halitosis of a rotting body politic

The UK is in the midst of a multi-layered political and constitutional breakdown.

‘Global Britain’? Don’t believe the Brexiteers’ hype

The idea Britons voted to leave the EU in order to become ‘more global’ is mere propaganda from politicians who have mainstreamed far right attitudes to immigration.

The many Brexits of Bristol

Bristol strongly supported Remain but not all of its component parts did. Ward-level data reveals who voted for what, why, and thus how we might move forward as a community.

What will Brexit mean for the future of European student mobility?

The UK government's stance on immigration will likely cost British students their access to Erasmus+. How will UK universities keep their students thinking globally post-Brexit?

How can we resist post-Brexit racism?

What does one do when they feel their home turning against them?

Automatic transformation of EU citizenship rights is the way forward

The British Home Office has created a bureaucratic nightmare for EU citizens applying for permanent residency. Might there be a better way forward?

Bristol, Brexit and the creative challenge

Bristol’s creative industries give the city a strong starting point for taking the city global post-Brexit. But it will need support to succeed.

Brexit and unemployment: where bureaucracy becomes brutal

Receiving jobseeker’s allowance isn’t enough for EEA nationals to prove they are looking for work. But if that’s not sufficient, what is?

Brexit, Bristol and business

Business was never unified on its stance towards Brexit, and very few assessments have studied how it will affect local economies.Might Bristol be the place to start?

Making sense of Brexit: foreigners in defence of foreigners’ rights

There are a reported three million EU citizens and more than five million non-EU citizenships in Britain. Why aren’t they organising ahead of the election?

Neighbourhood responses to Brexit challenges

“Taking back control”, they said. If that means being active citizens and active listeners, there may be hope.

#BristolBrexit: a city responds to Brexit

Uncertainty is plaguing the transition to a post-Brexit Britain. Cities can, and must, address it head on in ways that work best for them.

5 reasons Brexit is hazardous to our health

The post-Brexit deals now being negotiated are likely to leave Britons in poorer health and with a severely damaged or even privatised NHS.

Centrists must embrace anti-elitism or face extinction.

Instead of aping chauvinism, centrists must respond imaginatively to the anti-political sentiment behind Brexit and the rise of far right parties.

Football: this is what being European looks like

What’s the most Europeanised institution in British society? The answer is easy if you think about it.

An open letter to Yanis Varoufakis from the movements - and his reply

"Dear Yanis, a couple of weeks ago, you issued an invitation for the founding of a Pan-European movement against austerity. Since then, I’ve been thinking to respond to you about this in an open letter."

Mr Cameron, the renegotiation and evidence-based policy making

The outcome of the British government’s attempt to renegotiate the UK’s terms of membership of the EU and the referendum that will follow is highly uncertain, but does reveal quite a lot about David Cameron.

The EU Common Fisheries Policy has helped, not harmed, UK fisheries

With an In/Out referendum on the horizon, we take a look at one of the EU's most maligned and misunderstood policies.

Cameron’s renegotiation speech and intra-EU migration: how the web reacted

Using natural language processing (NLP) techniques, we have analysed reactions to Cameron’s speech on Twitter, focusing in particular on the sensitive issue of intra-EU migration.

3 scenarios for the outcome of the UK’s EU referendum

It is quite possible that England will vote differently to all three other constituent parts of the UK. And certain that the politics won’t end with the result.

Brexit could help the EU reshape itself

The EU's democratic deficit has never been more obvious. A Brexit could shake things up for the better.

It's impossible to predict the defining narratives of the Brexit campaign

Who will be seen as being on the public's side, the Ins or the Outs?

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