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What now for pro-Europeans in the Labour Party?

PWB Co-director Seb Dance writes: Brexit is a tragedy for the UK. It removes us from a key western alliance and the world’s largest trading bloc. It restricts the rights and life chances of millions of British citizens. It makes our country poorer. It massively increases the chances of a break-up of the UK. And […]

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A Green and Just economic recovery from Covid

Planning for the post-Corona economy requires vision to make the right investments for a Green and Just future. For PWB, Emily Stewart warns against the locking-in of inequalities and high-carbon industry, and the need to think green for the future. Those following news of the British economy will know that gloomy economic times loom on […]

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Turning Britain Outward Again

Labour can offer a vision of an outward looking internationalist Britain by rejecting the Conservatives assaults on Foreign Aid. Ahead of the Labour Party Conference discussion on ‘maintaining independent aid as a policy objective’; PWB explores the history and benefits of the UKs Foreign Aid schemes, and asks how Labour can position itself as the […]

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De-alignment with EU climate and environmental rules: the risks to British industry

With the UK set to override elements of the Withdrawal Agreement, PWB takes a look at the negative impacts on British Business of the lesser discussed, but no less important, de-alignment of climate and environment regulations, writes Emily Stewart. With the UK signalling that it is ready to legislate to override elements of the Withdrawal […]

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Japan, UK trade, and the supreme irrelevance of Stilton

While the deadline to strike a quick and easy deal with Japan slips away due to a disagreement over Stilton, PWB explores how this seemingly small issue could undermine the entire deal, write Emily Stewart and John Howarth. The Trade Secretary, Liz Truss, has been courting the world’s governments seeking the trade deals that will […]

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Beirut – a test for international aid

The catastrophic blast in Beirut presents a massive challenge to the international community at an unprecedented time of crisis and a test to the UK’s willingness and ability to contribute and integrate effectively post-Brexit. The extent of the blast, whatever detail may lie behind its origin, has done indiscriminate damage way beyond any reasonable expectation […]

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Populism after covid

A PWB Seminar Politics Without Borders will be hosting a seminar in September 2020 which will consider the stage of populism around European states and beyond. Following the first eight months of the covid-19 crisis the US elections will be a landmark event in a unique context. What might it represent and how does democracy […]

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Response to UK Labour’s consultation on Green Recovery

Labour’s National Policy Forum published a consultation paper on a Green Recovery to follow the covid-19 crisis which closed on 20 July 2020. Climate policy is a key area of work for Politics Without Borders. Our brief response argues that, rather than re-inventing the wheel, Labour should seek to integrate the United Nations Sustainable Development […]

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Grabbing the Future Back from Nationalists

Mike Buckley, Seb Dance and John Howarth. How has Brexit impacted on the UK’s COVID-19 response and why is the UK’s future relationship with the European Union now more important than ever? The UK has the highest number of COVID-19 deaths in Europe and – after the US – in the world. While the Government […]

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Time to invest in strengthening the EU’s capacity

Pro-Europeans need to go on the offensive and ensure Euroscepticism doesn’t gain any ground during the current crisis, argue Seb Dance, John Howarth and Mike Buckley. Anyone who’s agonised over a jigsaw during the lockdown, or attempted a particularly complicated Lego structure will appreciate the adage that it is far easier to destroy than it […]