UK Referendum

Brexit Isn't And Shouldn't Be A Fait Accompli. Here's Why

Lee Williscroft-Ferris | Posted 24.10.2016 | UK Politics
Lee Williscroft-Ferris

"The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter." Winston Churchill's words couldn't be more diametrically...

Press And Government Fanning The Hate Crime Flames In The Wake Of Brexit Vote

David Mooney | Posted 12.10.2016 | UK Politics
David Mooney

Picture the scene. You're sitting in the hot-seat on Who Wants To be A Millionaire? and Chris Tarrant had just snatched a cheque away from you. On it ...

The BBC Failed Its Viewers With Its Brexit Coverage, Says John Simpson

The Huffington Post | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 02.10.2016 | UK

The BBC failed its viewers in its coverage of the EU referendum, according to the corporation’s world affairs editor John Simpson. Speaking to Huffi...

Brexit Is No Blank Cheque For Eurosceptics

Benjamin Butterworth | Posted 07.09.2016 | UK Politics
Benjamin Butterworth

If those of us backed remain don't make our arguments clearly and forcefully through the impending negotiations, we risk writing a blank cheque for the eurosceptics. During the referendum, the Leave camp were at pains to tell us they didn't know to set out specifics of a post-Brexit Britain, because this wasn't a manifesto. They won the EU vote - now they must be held to account on the ideas put forward.

It's Time To Rethink How We Do Referendums In The UK

William Brett | Posted 05.09.2016 | UK Politics
William Brett

Given the increasing frequency of the use of referendums in the UK, it is more important than ever that we look at the EU vote and ask how do we make sure the mistakes that were made during the EU campaign are never repeated again? We've laid down the foundations in terms of how we start to answer that question. Let's hope they're built on.

Today's Scottish Independence March Was 'Biggest Since The Referendum'

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 30.07.2016 | UK

Up to 7,000 people marched through the streets of Glasgow on Saturday calling for Scottish independence from the UK - as a new survey suggested there ...

Good Thing, Bad Thing: Lessons from a Crazy Month in Women's Leadership

Neela Bettridge | Posted 25.07.2016 | UK
Neela Bettridge

It's been quite a month for women in leadership. The referendum has revealed all kinds of rifts -- within political parties, in regional and generatio...

The Divorce Referendum: Brexit and Relationships

Graham Russell | Posted 12.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Graham Russell

As a relationship and leadership coach this feels like the equivalent of asking a whole bunch of people you don't know to vote as to whether you should stay married or not. There is no trial separation. Their result is final. You might be going through a rocky patch but that's no reason to give up or abdicate responsibility.

The Brexit Referendum - Joke Letter From 1,054 Barristers

Dr Michael Arnheim | Posted 12.07.2016 | UK Politics
Dr Michael Arnheim

The result of the Brexit referendum on EU membership has no binding force in law. This was the main point made in an open letter to David Cameron signed by 1054 barristers on 9 July 2016. This is undoubtedly correct. But the rest of the letter, and especially the part that proposes "a way forward", reads like a joke.

The Rules of the Game

John Watson | Posted 08.07.2016 | UK Politics
John Watson

The tactics of the dispute within Labour and the Brexit negotiations. It may be the great speeches which become recorded as history but, in truth, po...

Brexit: The Case for Illegitimacy

Gerard Delanty | Posted 07.07.2016 | UK Politics
Gerard Delanty

In the face of a grave economic crisis and what now has all the signs of a crisis of governability, it is vital that parliament debates and votes on the outcome of the referendum on the grounds that its unanticipated consequences being detrimental to the national interest.

Give Bojo a Second Shot - Wimbledon Season Is an Opportunity for Boris Johnson to Play Tennis and Have Another Revelation

Ania Poullain-Majchrzak | Posted 07.07.2016 | UK
Ania Poullain-Majchrzak

According to his sister Rachel Johnson and her article in the Daily Mail, Boris Johnson decided about his stand on Brexit over a tennis game. Rachel d...

Neo-Nazi Stickers Distress Cardiff Residents

Ciara Cohen-Ennis | Posted 06.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Ciara Cohen-Ennis

I, personally, am the descendant of Jewish Polish immigrants who escaped the Nazis in the Second World War. To see Neo-Nazi propaganda in my hometown of Cardiff is devastating.

There Is Life After Brexit

Dr Ion Jinga | Posted 05.07.2016 | UK
Dr Ion Jinga

The result of the UK referendum on the European Union membership came as a shock to Europe and the World. As someone who lived for twelve years in Bru...

Charlotte Church 'Shocked' By Abuse After Calling Nigel Farage 'Piece Of Sh*t'

The Huffington Post | Christopher York | Posted 05.07.2016 | UK

Charlotte Church has said she is "shocked" by "horrifying" abuse she has received after tweeting about Nigel Farage in the wake of his resignation as ...

Brexit Has Revealed Britain's Racist Underbelly

Matty Edwards | Posted 04.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Matty Edwards

As I went to France in the aftermath of Brexit, I've never felt so proud to be European. As French people expressed how sad they were that Britain had voted to leave, we desperately tried to make it clear that we had voted to remain along with the vast majority of young people.

Life In Sunderland, Post-Referendum

Sarah Millington | Posted 01.07.2016 | UK Politics
Sarah Millington

What we need now is a politician brave enough to address the poisonous malaise. During the Leave campaign, we were fed lies and propaganda. This week, we had Boris Johnson thumbing his nose at us with the "punchline" that he wouldn't stand in the leadership race. It will take a lot to get us out of this mess, but let's hope that now, finally, there'll be a candidate who can put self-aggrandisement aside, admit that we're living in a fractured society, and start tackling this.

Brexit Bigotry

Ryan Whatling | Posted 01.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Ryan Whatling

I am not a bigot, nor racist, or uneducated, and I hope this sort of rhetoric fades away after the initial shock of the outcome of the referendum, and I hope that my fellow students do not become intolerant to those views which do not match their own.

Brexit Highlights How Broken British Democracy Really Is

Andrew Keith Walker | Posted 30.06.2016 | UK Politics
Andrew Keith Walker

The arcane nature of British democracy has, over the last 60 years, delivered one electoral minority after another into the corridors of power. It's led to a situation where no matter how many of us vote, we get a result that rewards people who wouldn't win in any other situation where the principle of "we'll do what the majority of people want" applies.

Post Brexit Racism: Here's How You Can Report Hate Crimes

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 30.06.2016 | UK

A shocking spike in hate crimes across Britain has been recorded since the public voted to leave the European Union last week. The National Police Chi...

Article 50 - Our Final Weapon

Resham Kotecha | Posted 28.06.2016 | UK Politics
Resham Kotecha

We have a real opportunity to reform the EU and to ensure that democracy works to serve the people it is meant to, so long as we are courageous enough to face our uncertain future. Article 50 is the final weapon in our battle to reform the EU - and one I hope we never have to use.

To the Young People of Great Britain: I Hereby Tender My Resignation

Caitlin Doherty | Posted 28.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Caitlin Doherty

In the last week, a proportion of the young people of Great Britain have demonstrated an intense arrogance and apathy, and have scapegoated the consequences of those actions on to those who are relatively blameless - whose fault was to voice their opinion that was different from ours. I hope that you understand that this is an ideology with which I no longer wish to be associated and that you can respect the difficult decision of my departure. Kind regards.....

The Great Irony of the United Kingdom - A Referendum Special

Harry Crawford | Posted 28.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Harry Crawford

Strange that today, of all days, the rain stopped. Clear blue skies, sunshine, and a glimmer of hope. Such a shame, then, that I woke up, like the rest of the country, to the news: we have left the EU. Frankly, I'm terrified.

Petitions and the Curse of Crowdsplaining

Gabriel Webber | Posted 28.06.2016 | UK Politics
Gabriel Webber

Petitions are one of the worst forms of 'crowdsplaining' and they really annoy me. I don't know whether they're so irksome because they're utterly useless, or because if they actually worked they'd be so detrimental to reasoned democracy.

A Minority in the Majority

Maliha Reza | Posted 28.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Maliha Reza

It was a privilege (as a young person) to exercise my right to vote. I understand that we live in a democracy, and that fact should be appreciated. However, we are allowed to feel dissatisfied with the results.