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What future is there for the EU? A Swiss perspective

Serge Fornerod from the Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches explores from a Swiss perspective whether the EU has a long term future.

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Peers debate Brexit Bill

During the Second Reading of the European Union (Notification for Withdrawal) Bill the Bishop of Southwark told other Peers that while he had significant concerns about the effects of Brexit and about the coherence of Government’s negotiating strategy it would be preferable not to weigh down the Bill with additional provisions. He sets out his view that where there is a choice on offer between Government assurances and the passing of amendments to this Brexit Bill, the more sensible course would be to bank the former and avoid the latter.

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What global role should Britain aspire to?

Ben Ryan and Nick Spencer from Theos reflect on Britain’s global role in the world following Theresa May’s recent visit to meet the new US President. They make the case that while post-Britain Brexit needs all the friends and good will it can get, there is a risk that in the hasty wooing of President Trump, Britain finds itself edging towards a relationship that ends up being more abusive than the last one.

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An affair of honour

Katrin Hatzinger takes a closer look at Prime Minister Theresa May’s Lancaster House speech and reflects on how it relates to the promises made during the referendum campaign. She suggest that the ideal relationship for Britain to have with the EU would involve doing as little damage as possible to the manifold political, economic and personal relations – not to forget about the fate of those Brits living, working and studying in the EU and vice versa.

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British superiority and insularity exposed by cold reality of Brexit

Has a British sense of insular superiority contributed to a politics of delusion when it comes to negotiating Britain’s exit from the EU. Jonathan Chaplin strips back some of the rhetoric from the government’s negotiating position to find a government in denial as to the challenges that lie ahead.

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Parliament, Article 50 and the case for a second referendum

Nick Newby the Lib Dem Chief Whip in the House of Lords makes the case that at the end of the 3 year A50 negotiations the resulting divorce deal needs to be to put to the people in a further referendum. He sets out that the Lib Dems will seek to include a provision to this effect in the A50 Bill.

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Will the Treaty of Rome’s 60th birthday be its last?

2017 marks the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, one of the two most important treaties in the modern day European Union. Diego Zuluaga, a Research Fellow at the Institute of Economic Affairs, questions whether in the face of ever mounting problems 2017 it might also be its last.

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Brexit and the lost art of political leadership

Tim Cross argues that post-Brexit we need a total revamp of the machinery of government of Government and along with it we need wiser, better prepared leaders with broader experience. only by doing so will Britain be able to reconnect with the prevailing demos.

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Schrodinger’s Brexit

Guy Brandon, the Research Director at the Jubilee Centre, uses Schrodinger’s cat thought experiment to make the case that the very act of the UK leaving the EU fundamentally changes the nature of the EU. It raises questions about the form in which it will continue to exist, or perhaps even whether it can survive over the long term

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From Brexit to Nexit?

Rev. Joost Röselaers, a minister of the Dutch Church in London, looks at whether Brexit could also see a Nexit in Holland. This situation can be avoided if the EU rediscovers her raison d’être and the things that unite its citizens.

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