News and Commentary - EU Referendum

How has Brexit affected exchange rates?

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Professor of Macroeconomics John Fender examines Brexit's role in the decline of the pound and where it will likely go from here.
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Tuesday 4th April 2017

Triggering Article 50: the task that lies ahead

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On March 29, the Prime Minister will trigger Article 50, starting the official Brexit process. As a result, unless all parties agree to an extension, the UK will officially leave the European Union on 29 March 2019
Date:
Thursday 23rd March 2017

The impact of Brexit on patient mobility

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Professor Jean McHale gave evidence at the House of Commons Health Select Committee.
Date:
Tuesday 28th February 2017

Of the State of the (European) Union and of Trade Deals

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Report on the Institute of European Law Annual Lecture 2017, which was delivered by Eleanor Sharpston QC, Advocate General at the Court of Justice of the European Union.
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Tuesday 21st February 2017

Trading Together Declaration

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Birmingham academic Luca Rubini is among the signatories of the declaration TRADING TOGETHER - For Strong and Democratically Legitimized EU International Agreements.
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Friday 27th January 2017

Law School Gathers to Discuss Miller and Brexit

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Following the Divisional Court decision in the case of Miller (finding that Parliament must authorise the triggering of Article 50), almost 100 students, staff members, and members of the public gathered at Birmingham Law School to discuss the case and its implications.
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Friday 9th December 2016

Brexpats: How will Brexit Impact Older British Citizens in Spain?

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Written by Dr Kelly Hall. Yesterday's High Court ruling over Brexit has led to further uncertainty around when and if the UK can start the process of leaving the EU. While much has been said about the effects of this uncertainty on European immigrants living in the UK, little consideration has been given to its impact on more than a million British citizens living in other EU countries.
Date:
Wednesday 9th November 2016

EU Referendum debated in POLSIS Special Seminar

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This year's POLSIS Seminar series kicked off with a distinguished panel discussing the 23 June referendum on EU membership and its consequences for the United Kingdom and the European Union.
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Wednesday 12th October 2016

'Once Bitten Twice Shy' say Lib Dems on possibility of Future Coalition

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An academic study published at the University of Birmingham today finds strong support among Liberal Democrat MPs and activists for their role in the Coalition Government. However, being in office for the first time was a 'bitter-sweet' experience and the party is divided about whether to repeat the experience, after paying a high political price at the 2015 General Election.
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Monday 19th September 2016

Podcast: Is the UK more secure inside or outside the European Union?

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The Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security at the University of Birmingham hosted an event on 02 June 2016 to discuss how the results of the referendum vote on 23 June 2016 could impact on UK and international security.
Date:
Wednesday 31st August 2016

How reliant is Britain on EU migrant workers?

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Catherine Harris in the Conversation: EU workers in the UK are highly employed and concentrated in a few key areas of the economy – posing problems if they are no longer welcome post-Brexit.
Date:
Tuesday 9th August 2016

What did Europe mean to William Shakespeare?

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Shortly after the news of the referendum result, I heard some English politicians being interviewed on BBC radio. One of them remarked with apparent satisfaction that membership of the European Union had now been rejected by a majority of 'our countrymen.' Another, a woman, observed that the entire referendum campaign had been a very masculine affair, and pointed to her adversary's telling use of the word 'countrymen.' 'I'm sorry,' he replied, 'I have been reading the works of our national poet, and it must have affected my vocabulary.'
Date:
Thursday 28th July 2016

How will Brexit affect the UK's relationship with China?

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Four weeks after the UK's decision to leave the European Union, much commentary has focused on how Brexit will affect other world economies and UK trade relations. One of the more important areas of this discussion is the UK's future relationship with China.
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Thursday 21st July 2016

EU referendum: a contest between economics and emotion

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Tereza Capelos comments on an article in the Financial Times. Tereza sees the campaign in dispiriting terms, with fear as its dominant emotion. The Remain campaign has used warnings of post-Brexit property market collapses and budget holes to prevent voters from straying from the status quo.
Date:
Monday 11th July 2016

NATO fights to hold western alliance together

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Written by Professor Mark Webber. The second organisational pillar of the European order isn't as threatened as the EU – but there's trouble ahead.
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Friday 8th July 2016

Chilcot condemns Blair's behaviour, but declines to accuse him of lying

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Written by Professor Scott Lucas. The Iraq Inquiry has found that the case for invading Iraq was far from watertight and made without proper care. Deception, however, is another matter.
Date:
Friday 8th July 2016

Chilcot scolds Britain's intelligence community for its role in the Iraq War

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Written by Dr Jamie Gaskarth. Intelligence on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction was a core part of the case for war. The Chilcot Report has examined how it came to be so distorted.
Date:
Friday 8th July 2016

Referendum Reactions

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Thursday 23 June 2016 saw the nation vote on one of the biggest decisions this country has ever had to make. A referendum was called on whether the United Kingdom should remain in the European Union or vote to leave. Voters turned out in their millions to have their say, and now after a long night of counting, we have decided to leave the EU, our academic experts give their reaction and analysis of where we go from here.
Date:
Tuesday 28th June 2016

Brexit: global reaction to Britain's vote to leave the EU

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Rolling reaction from the US, Russia, France, Poland, Greece, Australia and Belgium to the UK's decision. Contributions from Professor Scott Lucas and Dr Isabelle Hertner.
Date:
Monday 27th June 2016

Germany's reaction to Brexit: a catastrophe but we'll cope

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Written by Dr Isabelle Hertner. Angela Merkel has called for Europe to stand together in the face of Brexit.
Date:
Monday 27th June 2016
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