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In the EU referendum campaign in the UK, those in favour of remaining (Britain Stronger in Europe) issue warnings of the dire consequences of leaving, primarily economic. A number of economic forecasts are used as evidence[1]. The Brexit people (Vote Leave) assert that staying is a risk and a better world is available outside, a… » read more

  Posted by Peter Bye

I recently received a brochure from Vote Leave[i]. It says that it presents ‘5 positive reasons to Vote Leave and take back control’. How do these claims stand up? Number one is called ‘Our money, our priorities’. The brochure claims that ‘we send over £350 million to the EU every week’, or an annual figure… » read more

  Posted by Peter Bye

In my previous piece (2nd February) I said that immigration was close to the top of Britons’ concerns, according to an Economist/Ipsos MORI poll[1]. Security, identified in the poll as ‘Defence/foreign affairs/terrorism’, was regarded as the most important issue, although it was only just ahead of immigration. However, as I suggested, the various concerns are… » read more

  Posted by Peter Bye

European Council meetings are deliciously unpredictable – especially, like today’s, when constitutional matters are raised. There are new faces around the table (including the new Latvian prime minister, Maris Kucinskis, who only took office last week) who are largely unknown and, as far as one can tell, largely unknowing about the EU’s constitutional problems. Several… » read more

  Posted by Andrew Duff - On Governing Europe

David Cameron is threatened by the forces of populism, domestically if not internationally. This makes Cameron’s position excessively interesting. He himself is perhaps the last person one might describe as a “man of the people” and yet he surrounds himself with populists at the very time the populists have come baying for the blood of… » read more

  Posted by C Shannon

Guest blog post by Dr Gulay Icoz, PhD in International Relations, Royal Holloway, University of London. It has now been two months since Prime Minister David Cameron sent a letter to European Council president Donald Tusk, setting out the areas he is seeking to reform the UK’s membership of the European Union (EU). On 17… » read more

  Posted by The Guest Blog

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