Sunday, April 23, 2017

CPAC's Perspective with Alison Smith

I appeared on CPAC's Perspective with Alison Smith to discuss the UK election. I'm on 09:25-16:50 and at 29:00 I became... an outtake. I think my reaction sums up the mood of the country.…/perspective-with-al…/episodes/50431682/

An English Foreign Policy: Little England or Little Britain?

A post for St George's Day considering what an English foreign policy might look like if the UK breaks up. Thanks to the LSE's British Politics and Policy blog for hosting.

Saturday, April 01, 2017

What are the positive to Britain finally triggering Article 50?

My attempt to see something positive about Brexit, albeit with some caveats that I'll be writing about in the near future. Video c/o the LSE. 

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Written evidence to the 'The indispensable ally? US, NATO and UK Defence relations inquiry' of the Commons Defence select committee.

Evidence submitted with Nick Kitchen to the House of Commons Defence Select Committee's inquiry into the US, NATO and UK defence relationship.

In the submission we explore the UK's strategic options which include: 
  1. 'Switzerland with nukes'
  2. A 'pivot' away from Europe
  3. An EU-UK 'special relationship'
  4. A 'global European balancer'
  5. 'Adrift and lost at sea'
As we point out, each option must be assessed against two markers. First, whether they will allow the UK to respond to the strategic risks that Britain and its allies are likely to face in the near future. Second, the way in which the interests of allies in NATO – not least the United States – as well as the EU, may condition their reaction to each option. British decision makers cannot take for granted the way in which allies will react to the path the UK chooses to take.

Submission here. Full details of the inquiry here.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Friday, March 24, 2017

European Young Leaders, Lisbon, March 2017

Last week I spoke on a panel about Brexit at the European Young Leaders gathering in Lisbon. Joining me on the panel were Owen Jones and Denis MacShane. Pictures here, c/o Friends of Europe.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Lisbon LSE Alumni talk

Below are a few pictures of my talk last Thursday to the LSE Alumni group in Lisbon. Thanks to Emanuel (British Council) and Robert (LSE Alumni group) for setting this up and providing the pictures.

The Political Economy of Brexit

I have a chapter in the soon to be published 'The Political Economy of Brexit' edited by David Bailey and Leslie Budd. Further details of the book can be found on the Agenda website:

Thursday, March 09, 2017

The 14 Brexit Negotiations, Report from LSE IDEAS

The process of Brexit goes far beyond invoking Article 50. In this Strategic Update, Andrew Hammond and Tim Oliver identify some 14 Brexit negotiations underway - both formal diplomatic discussions and wider debates between and within the UK and EU.

How will these range of negotiations bring the EU centre stage, and do they point towards a 'hard exit' for the UK?