Politics @ Surrey

The blog of the Department of Politics at the University of Surrey

The Brexit Cold War

Change is coming to Brexit. At the end of next week, the UK will leave the European Union, having now completed the passage of the Withdrawal Agreement Bill through the Lords: EU ratification is a given. But there is another, broader change coming too. The constellation of politicians, commentators and journalists who were brought together […]


Settling in for transition

Transition remains the Cinderella of Brexit: unnoticed by the ugly sisters of Withdrawal and the New Relationship, but actually rather important. This might have been understandable during the chaos of the past year, when most political efforts were being diverted into securing UK ratification of the Withdrawal Agreement, but it seems much less so now, […]


New Year’s Long Read: Trust, Loaned Votes and Post Mortems: A Two-Part Review of the 2019 UK General Election

Part II : Labour Retrospective – How to Lose an Election[1] From a short-term perspective, Labour’s key problems since the 2016 Referendum have been its leadership, and its approach to Brexit; its general election campaign added another one: an indefensibly over-blown election manifesto. By the time polling day rolled around, Corbyn had left his potential […]


The Ethics of Drone Strikes in the Middle East

General Soleimani: lawful target or shaky ground? The killing of the Iranian General Qasem Soleimani via a US drone strike at Baghdad Airport on 3 January 2020 has rightly caught the world’s attention. Some commentators, such as the current UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions, Agnes Callamard, have pointed out the controversial […]


What ever happened to euroscepticism?

This post was originally part of the “UK Election Analysis 2019” project, run by Dan Jackson, Einar Thorsen, Darren Lilleker and Nathalie Weidhase at Bournemouth. One of the defining features of British politics in recent decades has been the critical discussion of European integration. And this election was called because of a major issue about […]


New Year’s Long Read: Trust, Loaned Votes and Post Mortems: A Two-Part Review of the 2019 UK General Election

Part 1: Go Big or Go Home By the time St Ives had declared as the final seat in the December 2019 UK General Election, the post-mortem into Labour’s fourth consecutive loss had begun. Jeremy Corbyn had already announced in the early hours of the morning of 13th December that he would indeed stand down […]


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