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To Blink Or Not To Blink? UK-EU Negotiation Options

Professor Amelia Hadfield, Director of the Centre for Britain and Europe, Department of Politics, University of Surrey The engines are ticking over, the course is clear, the rules have been read out, and the race into Phase 2 of the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union is upon us. Phase 1 moved us through the […]


All the Councils of Europe

Right after the Brexit referendum one of the popular Internet searches was ‘What is the EU?’[1]. The European political landscape is complex, and the political institutions might seem difficult to navigate. A perfect example is the three different ‘councils’ of Europe: the European Council, the Council of the European Union and the Council of Europe. […]


Identity on the Rails

In their book ‘Understanding National Identity’ [1] Professors David McCrone and Frank Bechhofer explain that national identity can be best understood as the connecting ‘hinge’ between the system we exist within and our individual reactions to that system. Whilst the hinge does not determine our action it can in certain circumstances be the pivot around […]


Uneasy Englishness?

In 2011 I travelled to the French alps with some fellow Brits. We began talking on the bus and this inevitably led to questions of where everyone was from. I said I was British and came from Southampton, at which point the remaining travellers revealed their own hometowns and national identities. In all; four were […]


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