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Why leave at all?

Ever since the Referendum of June 2016, the Brexit ship has been taking on water. Everybody knows the key pledge - a Brexit government would shift £350m a week, supposedly saved from membership costs, into the NHS every year, was an invention.

Brexit widens UK skills gap


Uncertainty over the future status of EU nationals in the UK, and the possibility of the end of free movement of workers between the UK and EU countries post-Brexit is exacerbating more long-standing concerns about skills shortages in certain sectors of the UK economy.

From free movers to settled immigrants

The publication of the Brexit government’s plans for EU national

EU citizens’ rights: The ‘fair and serious’ offer that wasn’t

Yesterday Theresa May presented European leaders in Brussels with the general principles of what she regards a “fair and serious” offer on EU citizens’ rights. 

Can a hard Brexit be averted?

The unfolding events are very difficult to read, and any reading is likely to be out of date even before it is written. This is where I think we are currently.

Ireland’s Soft Brexit

While there is so much speculation as to what kind of Brexit deal will be agreed between the European Union and Great Britain, one thing is for sure: that Ireland will want a deal that is as close to the status quo as possible. In order to achieve that kind of deal, Ireland needs to get tough with the EU and show that they are more than just a “flyover” state when it comes to the final agreement.

A letter from Lesvos, one year on

One year on, and what a dramatic year at that. I am writing this as I reflect upon my visit to Lesvos, Greece in March as a student on the second-year human geography field class with the University of Sheffield.

The Brexit election: but what about Brexit?

Theresa May framed the calling of the general election in terms of Brexit, but what is truly remarkable is in how little it is actually being discussed.

The Brexit election will not make Brexit easier for Mrs. May

Announcing her decision to call for a general election in June, the Prime Minister claimed that “every vote for the Conservatives will make me stronger when I negotiate for Britain with … the European Union.”  Although she did not say so, Mrs. May reportedly also believes that an increased Parliamentary majority after the election will strengthen her hand in dealing with internal dissent on the European issue within her own party. Mrs. May’s hopes are likely to be disappointed in both cases.
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