Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Book Review: Brexit: Why Britain Voted to Leave the European Union

My review of the new book on Brexit by Harold Clarke, Matthew Goodwin and Paul Whiteley. It's the best attempt so far to answer the question of why Britain voted for Leave.

Full review here:

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Globalization, domestic politics, and transatlantic relations

A joint-authored article with Brian Burgoon and Peter Trubowitz looking at the state of transatlantic relations. 

Abstract: For two decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall, globalization functioned as a unifying force in the West. In the absence of a common security threat, the United States and Europe found common ground in a neoliberal agenda calling for the freer movements of capital, goods, services, and peoples across national boundaries. Today, support for that neoliberal agenda has been rapidly weakening across the West. Drawing on a variety of quantitative measures, we show that Western support for globalization has declined, both at the level of national policy and at the level of party politics. We argue that this erosion of domestic support for globalization is closely linked to the rise of populist parties in Europe and the USA. We consider the implications of this shift in the West’s domestic politics for the future of transatlantic cooperation and leadership.

Full article here:

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Never mind the Brexit? Britain, Europe, the world and Brexit

My latest on Brexit, published in International Politics

Abstract: Britain’s vote to withdraw from the EU came as an unexpected shock to many in the UK, the rest of the EU and around the world. The UK and the remaining EU now face a fraught and potentially lengthy period of negotiations to settle Brexit. How might this change Europe? And how might it change the rest of the world’s views of Europe? This article looks at how Brexit could shape worldviews of Europe. It does so firstly by looking at the international and European roles Britain sees for itself and how the rest of Europe views those roles. The article then turns to views of both the UK and the EU from the USA, Russia and China. It argues that neither the UK nor the EU should overlook how external perceptions of Europe, the UK and Brexit matter because they will determine the strategic context in which the Brexit negotiations unfold.

Full article here: 

We need to talk about the London question

In this post for the UCL Constitution unit's blog I consider how London is talked about in UK politics, how we can assess claims that London has become too powerful and distinct from the rest of the UK, and how London’s place in the UK can be managed. I suggest that there are three broad approaches that can be taken to the ‘London question’: the status quo, separating the UK and/or England from London and devolved government for London. 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The Crisis of the European Union: Challenges, Analyses, Solutions

I have a chapter in the soon to be published book 'The crisis of the European Union: Challenges, Analyses, Solutions' edited by Andreas Grimmel. My chapter is entitled 'A Europe of Dropouts? Brexit and the question of European solidarity'. 

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.