Politics @ Surrey

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

The impact of UK MEPs on the European Parliament

This is my contribution to the latest UK in a Changing Europe report on “The European Elections and Brexit“, but with some added visualisation, because, well, why not? One of the paradoxes of extending the Article 50 deadline has been that more attention has been paid to the consequences of British MEPs being absent from […]

Three lessons for Brexit for the Huawei affair

Yesterday’s sacking of Gavin Williamson, following an investigation into the leaking of a decision of the National Security Council on the use of Huawei components in the UK’s 5G network, was a big shock, both for its speed and its timing (don’t forget to vote today BTW). There’s nothing to be gained at this stage […]

Boycotts, opportunity costs and the European elections

One of the drivers – apart from the need to be seen to getting on with it – for Theresa May to submit the UK’s notification to withdraw from the EU on 29 March 2017 was to ensure that the UK had left before the next European elections, due 23 May 2019. Fast-forward a bit […]

Are Children’s Rights History?

The former Save the Children UK chief executive, Sir Mike Aaronson, reflects on the history and legacy of the organisation. In advance of the conference at LSE on Politics, Humanitarianism, and Children’s Rights, which explores the relationship between these three constructs, he asks whether we, as today’s children’s rights advocates, have the courage of our […]

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