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Prof. Richard Rose


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Prof Richard Rose, Professor of Politics, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow



What would it take to undo Brexit?

Prof. Richard Rose |

A transition period comes to a close, and the UK will no longer have to follow European Union rules, Richard Rose examines how Brexit could be reversed in whole or part.

Would you buy a used car from one of these men?

Prof. Richard Rose |

The negotiations between the UK government and the European Union make it quite clear that neither Boris Johnson nor Michel Barnier would buy a used car from the other on trust.

The EU’s Democratic Deficit is Structural not Reformable

Prof. Richard Rose |

The European Union’s founders learned about, long before democracy became the touchstone for legitimacy. In the words of Jean Monnet, the behind-the-scenes organiser of the treaties, ‘I thought it wrong to consult the peoples of Europe’ since they had no practical experience of diplomatic negotiations and politics (1978: 367).  European institutions agreed between national governments […]

Which way is Boris Johnson sliding?

Prof. Richard Rose |

The accusation of Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator on Brexit, that the Prime Minister is backsliding on his commitments rests on a false premise: it assumes that Boris Johnson knows his back from his front. In fact, the Prime Minister has slid into a half-circle position that is 180 degrees distant from that of […]

Britain’s Zen approach to dealing with Brussels

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The government’s approach to building a post-Brexit trade policy appears based on Zen philosophy rather than economics. In economics textbooks, trade is a two-handed exchange between two people, an exporter and an importer, and one of these is foreign.

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