Politics @ Surrey

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

Brussels, not Birmingham

I’ll be frank with you: I’ve never done a full party conference. Some fringe activities, yes, but not the whole shebang. Indeed, the nearest I’ve got is the pile of DVDs of an early 2000s UKIP conference, back when I worked more on euroscepticism (and when UKIP sold DVDs of their conference). This is all […]


Article 50 infographics – updated to September

Life moves pretty fast, and we’re back to our regular monthly update on progress in Article 50. Maybe life moves too fast, because essentially there isn’t any progress to report, once again. September certainly saw a lot of activity, in terms of meetings and discussion, but the underlying negotiations haven’t appreciable moved on, certainly around […]


The framing of a second referendum

Away from Salzburg and its repeat performance of ‘how we don’t really understand each other‘, the question that I’m getting asked a lot is whether there can be a second referendum. This is an interesting one, because it’s often asked of me by people who’d like to see the end of Brexit and a return […]


The challenges of transition

Today, I’m speaking at a “UK in a changing Europe” event on transition. You’ll find a nice report there, but here’s a taster of some of my comments:   Transition serves a number of functions. Firstly, it provides a legal underpinning to EU-UK relationship until a new legal document can be brought in to operationalise […]


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