Politics @ Surrey

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

The political and reputational costs of ‘no deal’

Today, UK in a Changing Europe publishes its report on “The Cost of No Deal“, to which I’ve contributed. Here I consider some of the wider ramifications. There is one than one way that the Article 50 process might fail to reach an agreement and it is useful to consider each of these in turn, […]


The ballad of Jean-Claude and Yoko: understanding euroscepticism

Last week, I snuck in an extra posting, as part of my reflections on a workshop I attended at Sussex on Brexit and euroscepticism. As I mentioned in passing, there were other ideas that floated around my head that day, including this one. One of the more persistent ideas that I have tried to communicate […]


‘Freedom to Roam’

Earlier this month, after a negotiation lasting several years between the European Commission and the telecommunications companies, mobile phone roaming charges were abolished within the EU. This means that we can now all use our mobile devices anywhere within the Union exactly as we do at home: a great new ‘freedom to roam’. Happily for […]


How transferable is the EU referendum and the Brexit experience?

I’ve spent the day down at Sussex, talking euroscepticism and Brexit with a highly-informed group of colleagues. As our debate ranged over a wide terrain (see my live-ish tweeting here), several questions kept recurring, first and foremost of which was whether the UK was a special case, or a potential model of Eurosceptic activists to […]


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