Brexit and the Liberal Elephant Trap (Global Policy)

Given the success of populist politicians across Europe, some pro-Europeans have openly wondered whether they should adopt the same tactics as populist parties to make the case for European integration. Michael Cottakis argues that this would be a mistake. To reverse the trend, pro-Europeans must quit dabbling in populism and instead play to their strengths by promoting dialogue and substantive policy reform.

https://www.globalpolicyjournal.com/blog/12/02/2020/brexit-and-liberal-elephant-trap

Michael Cottakis is Director of the 89 Initiative, a pan-European think tank based at the London School of Economics.

Getting Brexit Started: prospects for a new EU-UK partnership into the 2020s (LSE Ideas)

The withdrawal of the United Kingdom (UK) from the European Union (EU) on January 31 was a seminal moment in post-war history, and one that presents challenges and opportunities for both key parties. Yet far from being a single, isolated event, the departure derives from a much broader process of well over a dozen negotiations (a catch-all term used here for formal diplomatic discussions and wider debates about Brexit) between and within the UK and EU about their futures.

With so many Brexit negotiations still underway, this paper underlines that the final form of the UK’s departure from the EU is not yet set in stone. Even with a withdrawal deal now ratified, there are multiple scenarios still possible: from a disorderly exit this year, through to the outside prospect of the transition being extended and a deep, comprehensive deal being concluded later in the 2020s. The stakes in play therefore remain huge and historic as both sides seek a new constructive partnership that can hopefully bring significant benefits for both at a time of global geopolitical turbulence.

http://www.lse.ac.uk/ideas/publications/reports/getting-brexit-started

With Brexit ‘done’, it’s Time to Overhaul Our Tax System (Global Policy)

Corporate tax dodging disproportionately affects women and girls. That’s why we’re calling for a feminist tax system, now!

https://www.globalpolicyjournal.com/blog/04/02/2020/brexit-done-its-time-overhaul-our-tax-system

By Caroline Othim, Marie Antonelle Joubert and Roosje Saalbrink

Brexit Is Here: The EU and UK Must Brace for the Consequences (CFR)

When the United Kingdom (UK) voted to leave the European Union (EU), few expected that the ensuing negotiations would take over three years and trigger two general elections. Disagreement over the extent of and timeline for the UK’s separation from the bloc continued through the end of 2019. Only after the UK Conservative Party’s landslide victory in December did the path forward become clear. While the UK will formally leave the EU on January 31, 2020, it now enters a transition period during which it will remain in the EU’s customs union and single market until their future relationship is hashed out. Still, the Friday exit undoubtedly marks a new chapter in the Brexit saga.

https://councilofcouncils.cfr.org/global-memos/brexit-here-eu-and-uk-must-brace-consequences?_ga=2.95270046.385425422.1580456259-1821171862.1576741675

Brexit potentially game changing for regional partnerships (Global Times)

The UK’s departure from the European Union (EU) was approved overwhelmingly by the EU Parliament on Wednesday. The vote was 621 to 49 in favor of the Brexit deal. Britain’s official departure will be at 11 pm London time on Friday.

https://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1178034.shtml

Brexit in a Historical Context: Pursuing a Global Vision at the Expense of Domestic Harmony? (Chatham House)

The panel discusses how the notion, and rhetoric, of ‘Global Britain’ fares against different readings of Britain’s international history.

Speakers

Dr Priyamvada Gopal, Reader in Anglophone and Related Literature, University of Cambridge

Professor David Reynolds, Professor of International History, University of Cambridge

Dr Helene von Bismarck, Historian and Writer

Chair: Dr Robert Saunders, Reader in Modern British History, Queen Mary University of London

Britain’s Brexit election is its most volatile in memory – and 3 other superlatives about the snap poll (WEF)

Britain’s minority Conservative government has given up trying to get its Brexit deal through parliament and has called a snap election for 12 December. Here’s why it will be an election like no other.

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2019/11/brexit-uk-election-unpredictable-coldest-greenest-digital/