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Another day, another deadline

Today’s a special day, for several reasons. Most importantly, it’s the launch of our new Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence in the Centre for Britain and Europe, with many excellent speakers (and me). You can follow the discussion on Twitter on #SurreyBritainEurope and by following our account. But it’s also important as the deadline for talks on the Future Relationship. Except […]

Talking Brexit

As part of the ESRC’s Festival of Social Science, we held a roundtable discussion on Brexit on Wednesday 11 November. I was joined by my colleagues Simona Guerra and Holger Breinlich to present on some headline findings from research and to try and answer the questions from our lovely audience. You can listen to our panel below, […]

Gaps to a new deal

The eerie quiet of negotiators, um, negotiating means we’ve seen very little of the Future Relationship process of late: everyone’s too busy trying to work up texts and compromises to brief outsiders. Which makes it a good time to consider an aspect of the ratification problem that’s not been much seen so far: what happens […]

UK Development Ambitions: the Impact of the 2020 FCO-DFID Merger

Authored by Professor Amelia Hadfield, Head of the Department of Politics, and Chair in European and International Affairs at the University of Surrey, and Chris Logie, a Law with International Relations graduate.  The following blog appeared on 28 October on the Political Studies Association blog page: https://www.psa.ac.uk/psa/news/uk-development-ambitions-impact-2020-fco-dfid-merger Scene-Setting Since the establishment in 1997 of a […]

It’s all just words

Lots of people have lots of problems with the Maastricht Treaty, and I’m not one to change that. Instead I’ll throw another issue onto the pile: its lopsidedness. If you’ve read the text – and really, you should have – you’ll notice that there’s a huge difference between the sections relating to the first pillar […]

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