Politics @ Surrey

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

Three messages from the Withdrawal Agreement

Yesterday’s publication of the provisional final text of the Withdrawal Agreement (and associated Political Declaration) marks a crucial point in the process of Brexit, opening the door to an approval and ratification process and the first major step in establishing a new basis for UK-EU relations. Weighing in at nearly 600 pages of text, it’s […]

Selling the Withdrawal Agreement

In one of those “politics as cock-up not conspiracy” moments, this week saw the (aggressive) leaking of a document purporting to be the government’s plans for selling the Withdrawal Agreement. I say aggressive, since the leaker pushed it out to several media outlets at once, so really wanted it out there, spelling mistakes and all. […]

Article 50 infographics – updated to October

It progress-update time and it’s a mixed picture this month. On the one hand, there has been no formal progress: last week’s European Council failed to move things on and May’s domestic situation continues to cause endless woe. On the other, it’s evident that negotiations have dealt with a lot of the remaining Article 50 […]

Negotiating Brexit: The view from the EU

Today sees our second event in our ESRC project “Negotiating Brexit“, with a long list of speakers from across the EU. To summarise much of this, I’m sharing an update of of our previous infographic, highlighting who’s involved and what they’re prioritising in the Article 50 negotiations. PDF version here: A50 MS positions Oct 18 You […]

The pros and cons of a longer transition

So, no breakthrough, but also no collapse. Not the most ringing endorsement for yesterday’s European Council discussion on Article 50, but given the possible alternatives, certainly not the worst it could have been. Still the focus remains on the backstop for Ireland. Usefully, we might remember that this backstop has become an issue for two, […]

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