Category Archives: Brexit

The Brexit divorce bill explained

Dr Christopher Huggins – SPIRE The amount of money the UK pays into the European Union became a crucial point of debate during the EU referendum campaign, ahead of the country’s vote to leave. The defining image of the time … Continue reading

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Yesterday’s by-elections weren’t all about Brexit

Dr Christopher Huggins Teaching Fellow in European Politics Conventional wisdom is that opposition parties perform well and gain ground in by-elections while governing parties don’t. In Stoke Central (which featured two SPIRE alumni as candidates – Jack Brereton (Conservative) and … Continue reading

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Article 50 vote shows Brexit is about politics, not Britain’s future

Helen Parr Senior Lecturer in International Relations The vote in the House of Commons on whether the British government can trigger Article 50 has been revealing. It showed just how much the current Brexit debate is cast not by the … Continue reading

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Brexit, Article 50 and the Supreme Court ruling: how the government made its own life more difficult

Dr Christopher Huggins Teaching Fellow in European Politics   Yesterday the Supreme Court delivered its judgement on the government’s appeal in the Article 50 case in what was billed as one of the most significant constitutional law cases in generations. … Continue reading

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So, what IS on Nigel Farage’s desk?

A complete guide to a Keele University SPIRE trip to Brussels By Eleanor Fisher 18 students, two lecturers, one SPIRE trip to Brussels to learn about the EU institutions…Right after the UK voted to leave the EU. What could possibly … Continue reading

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Speech: Why Britain should remain in EU

The following is a speech delivered by Dr Helen Parr, Senior Lecturer in International Relations in SPIRE, during the Keele Student Union Debating Society debate on the EU Referendum, held at Keele University on 7 March 2016   For me, … Continue reading

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A contingent, conservative vote against the status quo

Dr Helen Parr Senior Lecturer in International Relations – SPIRE Thursday 7 July 2016 This is an irreversible crisis of political making. It did not have to happen like this, and that it has is the result of political misjudgements, … Continue reading

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