Why did voters vote to Leave or Remain? @JulieAnneGenter @Income_Equality

There were few difference across the political spectrum as to why voters voted to Remain or Leave. This is according to Lord Ashcroft’s survey on referendum day of over 12,000 voters.

Source: How the United Kingdom voted on Thursday… and why – Lord Ashcroft Polls

Labour and Tory voters voted to leave to regain control over immigration and sovereignty.

Labour and Tory voters who wanted to remain thought the EU and its single market was a good deal not worth putting at risk. It is all about identity politics, not inequality.

Vote Leave voters are a grumpy lot who think things have been getting worse for 30 years:

Leavers see more threats than opportunities to their standard of living from the way the economy and society are changing, by 71% to 29% – more than twice the margin among remainers…

By large majorities, voters who saw multiculturalism, feminism, the Green movement, globalisation and immigration as forces for good voted to remain in the EU; those who saw them as a force for ill voted by even larger majorities to leave.

The UK referendum [What Think Tanks are thinking]

European Parliamentary Research Service Blog

Written by Marcin Grajewski,

On Thursday 23 June, the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union in a referendum, leaving citizens, politicians and investors uncertain about the future of EU-UK relations and about the move’s long-term implications for the country concerned, the European Union as a whole and the wider world.

This note offers links to recent commentaries and reports from major international think tanks on issues raised by the British referendum. More studies on the topic can be found in a previous edition of ‘What think tanks are thinking’ from February 2016.

UK and EU puzzle Sashkin/Shutterstock

The Brexit scenarios: Towards a new UK-EU relationship
Barcelona Centre for International Relations, June 2016

Can Britain join Norway in the EEA?
Centre for European Reform, June 2016

Die Kosten eines EUAustritts
Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, June 2018

Brexit referendum: Majority of EU citizens wants the United Kingdom to stay
Bertelsmann, June 2016

LSE Commission…

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What @jeremycorbyn @NZGreens and too many libertarians share on national security

Source: Michael Walzer (2002), Dissent Magazine, Can There Be a Decent Left?

Smash Mouth – I’m A Believer

World, high income, middle income and low income country fertility rates since 1950


Source: United Nations Population Division Department of Economic and Social Affairs, World Population Prospects: The 2015 Revision, File FERT/4: Total fertility by major area, region and country, 1950-2100 (children per woman), Estimates, 1950 – 2015 POP/DB/WPP/Rev.2015/FERT/F04

Incomes & lifespans of all countries


Expansion and Decline of European Imperialism: Every Year (1492-2016)

‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’ 40th Anniversary Official Trailer  

Brexit, Competition, and Economic Welfare

Truth on the Market

A key issue raised by the United Kingdom’s (UK) withdrawal from the European Union (EU) – popularly referred to as Brexit – is its implications for competition and economic welfare.  The competition issue is rather complex.  Various potentially significant UK competition policy reforms flowing from Brexit that immediately suggest themselves are briefly summarized below.  (These are merely examples – further evaluation may point to additional significant competition policy changes that Brexit is likely to inspire.)

First, UK competition policy will no longer be subject to European Commission (EC) competition law strictures, but will be guided instead solely by UK institutions, led by the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).  The CMA is a free market-oriented, well-run agency that incorporates careful economic analysis into its enforcement investigations and industry studies.  It is widely deemed to be one of the world’s best competition and consumer protection enforcers, and has first-rate leadership. …

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How the Fixed-Term Parliaments Act Complicates Brexit

James Bowden's Blog

In the midst of my presentation to the CSPG's seminar on "the implications of fixed-date elections." Photo credit: Nick MacDonald In the midst of my presentation to the CSPG’s seminar on “the implications of fixed-date elections.”
Photo credit: Nick MacDonald


Various British MPs like Jacob Rees-Mogg and journalists like Peter Hitchens have called for an early general election in the wake of Leave’s victory in the Brexit referendum and Prime Minister Cameron’s announcement that he will resign the premiership by October. But as I shall demonstrate below, holding an early general election is no longer a routine matter because the Prime Minister can no longer make and take responsibility for the decision to dissolve parliament because of the Fixed-Term Parliaments Act, 2011, which will therefore only further complicate the fallout of the Brexit Referendum. 

The Executive No Longer Controls Dissolution At All

I shall state from the outset the most radical and significant attribute of the Fixed-Term Parliaments Act, 2011: it has…

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