Brexit hastened Honda’s departure from Swindon, but it would have happened in any case

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In September 2018, Ian Howells, Honda’s highest-ranking UK executive, said that Honda’s Swindon factory would remain operational post-Brexit. However, this commitment was short lived with Honda confirming on February 19th that the plant will close in 2021. Speaking to BBC Radio 5Live last year he said: “The UK forms part of our global network of… Continue Reading ➤

Gilets Jaunes: More Than Esprit Français

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The endurance and energy of the ‘Gilets Jaunes’ (yellow jackets) movement has been a surprise even in a country familiar with street protests. The demonstrations have continued for the fifth week in a row, or ‘Act Five’ as it has been called. With a turnout of around 66,000 on Saturday 16th December, the numbers were… Continue Reading ➤

Brexit – May’s deal, no deal, or a second referendum? Three perspectives from the Globalist.

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As the date when we leave the EU draws near, three major positions on how we should handle Brexit have emerged. One is to take the withdrawal agreement Theresa May has hammered out with the EU. Another is to walk away from the negotiating table altogether, and leave the EU without any deal. The third… Continue Reading ➤

We were promised Brexit would leave us better off – Theresa May’s deal shows we were lied to.

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In the 19th century, a web of disputes concerning the relations of two duchies along the border of Denmark and the German Confederation, Schleswig and Holstein, came to epitomise the exhausting complexity of the European political landscape in that era. Lord Palmerston, perhaps Britain’s most famous Foreign Secretary, famously remarked: ‘Only three people have ever… Continue Reading ➤

What does ‘success’ mean in UK economic policy? A report on the panel discussion organised by the Bennett Institute for Public Policy.

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The Bennett Institute for Public Policy launched in 2018, as a research body attached to the University of Cambridge. The institute seeks to combine current research in technology, natural sciences and engineering with politics and social research in order to engage in global public policy debates. Chair: Professor Diane Coyle Panellists: Dr Patrick Diamond (Senior… Continue Reading ➤

The Fall of the ‘European Iron Lady’

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The regional election in Hessen, held at the end of October, saw the seemingly impossible – the beginning of the end of Angela Merkel. Following her party’s poor performance, she made a two-fold announcement. On the one hand, she would not be running for re-election at her annual party congress in December, where the Christian-Democrats… Continue Reading ➤

Transcontinental Turkey: Where is it heading?

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Relations between Turkey and the West are undeniably fraught. The post-war paradigm of relations has shifted. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s increasingly authoritarian rule has brought him into conflict with Western leaders, the debacle of Pastor Brunson indicating a new crisis point with the US, and the jailing of journalists bringing complaints from Germany. These shifting… Continue Reading ➤

Will Brexit leave Europe’s defences depleted in the face of an increasingly aggressive Russia?

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Brexit is just one of the many destabilising influences that face an increasingly precarious system of European cooperation. In fact, the haste with which the EU wishes to reach an agreement with Britain is largely driven by the need for Europeans to concentrate on more existential threats. Issues such as rising discontent over the migrant… Continue Reading ➤

Interview: Andrea Coomber

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Andrea Coomber, director of JUSTICE, the UK all-party law reform and human rights organisation, talks judicial reform and human rights with Ellie Olcott and former editor-in-chief of the Globalist, Margot Speed. This interview was conducted in spring 2017. Margot: We’d like to talk to you both about JUSTICE and your work there, but also about human… Continue Reading ➤

Interview: Sir Jeremy Greenstock

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Sir Jeremy Greenstock is one of Britain’s most distinguished diplomats. He has spent much of his career occupied with the Middle East and US/Western European relations.  His diplomatic career culminated as the UK Special Envoy for Iraq from September 2003 to March 2004 following five years between 1998 and 2003 as the UK Permanent Representative… Continue Reading ➤