Politics @ Surrey

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

Is there a case for not extending transition?

As much as people talk about Brexit at all right now, much of what you hear is the cry that an extension of the Withdrawal Agreement’s transition period must happen. I’ve not seen a single industry representative, negotiation expert or academic say anything different for the past month, and I’m not about to go against […]

Quantity has a quality of its own

In lieu of a read-through of the leaked Commission draft, or a consideration of an extension to transition, I’m thinking today about scale. Mainly because it’s really hard to concentrate on things during a lockdown. Indeed, I’ve been more struck by the recalcitrant attitude of some acquaintances towards coronavirus than by my occasional trips to […]

Fade to meh

Maybe it’s the coronavirus, maybe it’s the floods, maybe it’s the excitement around the Prime Minister’s engagement/child-to-be, but we seem to have largely given up talking about Brexit any more. Sure, there’s debate if you want it, tucked away in the Westminster/Brussels bubble and deep in the inside sections of the paper, but it’s a […]

Low trust makes negotiating Brexit harder

This post originally appeared on the UK in a Changing Europe website. The publication of the EU’s mandate for the coming round of negotiations with the UK is a good point to consider the impact of the politics of Brexit. One of the more persistent – and unnecessary – features of the process to date has been […]

Using Simulations to Teach International Relations

A separatist movement takes over an American-owned gas plant in an authoritarian Middle Eastern state. Pro-democracy activists take to the streets to protest a President’s decision to remove term limits. Nationalist fishermen attempt to evade Chinese warships to plant the Filipino flag on Scarborough Shoal. The UN Special Representative convenes a conference to negotiate a […]

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