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Looking at Lexit: mission statement

Should Labour fight Brexit, or embrace it? Julian Sayarer and Xavier Buxton introduce a new project on openDemocracy, exploring the possibilities and limitations of “Lexit”.

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Why does the UK Data Protection Bill exempt the ‘risk profiling’ industry?

Anyone trying to open a bank account or send money overseas must undergo extensive risk assessment by private data-brokers, which amass non-credible data and falsely blacklist the wrong people on a speculative basis.

How did Arron Banks afford Brexit?

The self-styled ‘bad boy’ who bankrolled the Leave campaign appears to have exaggerated his wealth. So how did he pay for his Brexit spree?

If the hard Brexiteers have nothing to hide, they've nothing to fear

Molly Scott Cato MEP explains why she has teamed up with the Good Law Project to force the government to lift the veil of secrecy on its Brexit impact reports - through action in the high court, if neccessary.

‘Substantial’ fine linked to DUP’s secret Brexit donors

Former minister demands answers on £6,000 fine, questioning legality of DUP’s mystery source of Brexit cash

Who bankrolled Brexit?

The United Kingdom has transparency laws which should give citizens a full and immediate answer to this question. And yet, we still don’t have one.

The irony of Brexit as the EU lurches right

As major European governments embrace new forms of xenophobic neoliberalism, Britons want the xenophobic neoliberal Theresa May out.

‘Green Brexit’? Not with this dirty Brexit brigade, Mr Gove

The Brexit campaign included investors, brokers and businessmen with a financial interest in tearing up European Union regulations protecting the environment, an investigation by openDemocracy shows.

‘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.

Borders, open borders, or no borders?

If freedom of movement is a human right, is Brexit good or bad? A Q&A.

EU Freedom of Movement - A gateway drug

Commissioning letter: Freedom of movement is flawed, but a good starting point in the campaign for fair and open borders. Looking at Lexit co-editor Julian Sayarer makes a case for defending free movement.

EU Freedom of Movement: Is it really worth fighting for?

Commissioning letter: EU’s “freedom of movement” policy is grossly unfair, and violently discriminatory. It also threatens trade union rights. Looking at Lexit co-editor Xavier Buxton asks if a new, fairer, better regulated system is needed.

Free Movement Plus: a third way on the Brexit/migration debate

On Brexit and migration, there is an alternative to such a lurch backwards. We call it free movement+ where the plus refers to a new deal on workers’ rights.

Britain must accept ambiguity to survive Brexit

Theresa May and Brexiteers both insist on a damaging binary view of the UK and Europe.

Lexit: defeatism dressed as ambition

Lexiters are deluded: Brexit is a right-wing project. The future of the UK left is with the European left, in the international struggle. This piece, introducing our “Looking at Lexit” series, is paired with a “Lexit” argument by Xavier Buxton.

Lexit: looking forwards, not backwards

The EU is riddled with neoliberalism. Brexit has shattered the status quo, and presents an opportunity to the UK left. This piece, introducing our “Looking at Lexit” series, is paired with a “Lemain” argument by Julian Sayarer.

Looking at Lexit: mission statement

Should Labour fight Brexit, or embrace it? Julian Sayarer and Xavier Buxton introduce a new project on openDemocracy, exploring the possibilities and limitations of “Lexit”.

Brexit means…progressive alliances, or ‘corporate absolutism’?

The ‘Leave’ vote, however manipulated by the media, was not just a rejection of Brussels technocracy but of the political status quo at Westminster. It’s time to rewrite the constitutional and political rules from scratch.

The progressive priority: a social democratic Britain

The belief that the health of the British economy depends on trade policies with Europe or anywhere else comes directly from neoliberal ideology, that “openness”, globalization of trade and capital flows, bring prosperity.

Brexit makes labour exploitation more likely in the UK

Negotiations on a future Brexit deal have barely gotten started, yet EU workers across the UK are already finding themselves more vulnerable in the workplace.

No Bregrets: does Brexit hold hope for progressives after all?

Most UK progressives voted Remain, but the referendum result has brought about the welcome collapse of the Tory majority. Could Brexit under Labour provide a forward-looking social democracy?

Food, the UK and Brexit: an even messier reprise of Corn Laws politics?

We see Liam Fox warming up a US-UK trade deal, while Michael Gove assures consumers that animal welfare and food quality standards are safe in his hands. This doesn’t add up.

Single market maze contains clues to complex Brexit puzzle

While political debate over Brexit sidestepped the complexities of the single market, domestic volatility makes replicating trading arrangements much more difficult.

Why the UK’s hung parliament is an opportunity for constructive Europeans

The reality is that after this election any UK government will be a weak one: no matter whether the cabinet is led by Theresa May or Jeremy Corbyn. There are opportunities here.

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?

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.

Restoring the Franco-German leadership of the EU

Britain for one is quite unprepared for the ultimate project of the new French president: the restoration of Franco-German leadership in Europe.

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.

If you're not yet radical, you haven't been paying attention

Raoul Martinez spoke this weekend at 'Brexit and the Political Crash', The Convention in London: “Beyond Brexit, Labour are offering one of the most progressive manifestos in living memory.” Keynote speech.

Brexit: a reinvigorated politics

Michael Gove spoke this week-end at 'Brexit and the Political Crash', The Convention in London: “For me, it was primarily about making sure that whoever exercises power over you, is someone that you can throw out.” Keynote speech.

Brexit: the British élitist revolution

Nick Clegg speaking at 'Brexit and the Political Crash', The Convention in London: “It is a curiously British élitist revolution and we need to understand what it is.” Keynote speech.

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