Politics @ Surrey

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

Air Strikes on Syria: Illegal but Legitimate?

The Syrian air strikes show that legality is only one consideration for states contemplating the use of force, but that it nevertheless remains important.[1] It is unsurprising, in the wake of the air strikes carried out by the US, UK, and France on 14 April 2018 against the Syrian Government’s chemical weapons facilities, that questions […]


Article 50 infographics – updated to March

A bit early, to avoid it getting lost in the rush to the Easter weekend. The past month has seen movement on the draft Withdrawal Agreement, and the second version literally highlights the progress made. The infographics reflect that with some further reductions in barriers to reaching an agreed outcome in October. However, substantial barriers […]


Spring: the season of fig-leaves

So, for all the worrying, it looks like tomorrow’s Art.50 European Council will be a procession. The draft Withdrawal Agreement is 75% green, transition agreements are all in place and the events in Salisbury have reminded everyone that there are good external reasons to get on with each other. Of course, it’s not nearly that […]


Sailing the transition ocean

This piece was originally published in the Huffington Post For a lot of people, the mention of Brexit is enough to trigger a response of “still?!?” 21 months since the EU referendum, we’re still a year away from actually leaving the EU. But at least then, we’re done, right? Wrong. While a lot of attention […]


Scenarios for the 22-23 March 2018 European Council

After last week’s scenario-planning for October‘s meeting of the European Council, I’ve now done the same for the up-coming March meeting. It’s a bit vaguer than October, largely because there’s more time to play with. However, it’s also clear that any blockage will have substantial knock-on effects, and if negotiators want to leave themselves any leeway […]


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