Politics @ Surrey

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

Brexit: What have we learnt so far?

Last week’s election appears to be bringing the first phase of Brexit towards a close. The resounding majority won by the Conservatives sets the door wide open for the ratification of the Withdrawal Agreement Bill, which in turn will result in the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union on 31 January 2020, some four-and-a-half years […]


The (not so) strange death of European policy, part III

In the past couple of weeks, I’ve written about the relative absence of European policy from the parties’ manifestoes in the General Election (here and here). Today, I’m going to continue the theme, but flipping it around, to ask whether there’s much expression of euroscepticism. This has come up a few times of late in […]


The (not so) strange death of European policy, part II UPDATED

UPDATE: This post now has some corrections on figures and some addition commentary below (29/11/2019) Last week I wrote about the absence of European policy in the LibDem’s manifesto and what this told us about the state of things. This week I’ve tried to be rather more systematic about it all, so I’ve been coding […]


The (not so) strange death of European policy, part I

It’s manifesto time, which means the efforts to divine more about parties’ positions on things gets underway. At the best of times, this is a tiresome task, which is why I’m always grateful to those who spend the time coding the texts. Of course, this is not the best of times in British politics, so […]


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