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Simon Usherwood is Professor of Politics and International Studies, Open University. He regular posts on various aspects of EU-UK relations post-Brexit.

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Pausing, stalling or stuck? Thinking about the next steps of the EU-UK relationship

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We’re at a bit of a junction in EU-UK relations right now. Having bumped back from the questions of good faith with February’s Windsor Framework, the two sides got to work on the next obvious target: Horizon membership. Seven months later – and with enough discretion that I could record a podcast saying it wasn’t […]

Goodwin’s ’10 reasons why Britain will not rejoin the EU’: some thoughts

Simon Usherwood |

The sight of more heavy rain outside the window tells me it’s high summer. This means all the important people have gone on holiday to somewhere sunnier, leaving us hoi polloi to discuss politics. As a result, I’m at my desk when Matt Goodwin’s latest Substack post arrives, heralded as a contribution to ‘silly season’. The […]

“Leaving the ECHR” and other confusions

Simon Usherwood |

A mild detour for me before the summer holidays kick in: the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). Part of the wider logic of ‘taking back control’ was the need to unshackle the UK from other constraints on its freedom to do as it will, in order to address situations it faces. Just as leaving […]

What could the review of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement actually be like?

Simon Usherwood |

This is an extended version of a blog originally posted with UK in a Changing Europe by Simon Usherwood and David Moloney. The conclusion of the Windsor Framework has rightly been taken as a moment for UK-EU relations to reset. As part of that, belated notice has fallen on the review clause of the Trade […]

What might Labour do on UK-EU relations?

Simon Usherwood |

Maybe it’s the sense of the passing of the seasons and the proximity of the next British general election, but recently I’ve been asked a lot about whether a Labour government would make a bold move on EU relations. Mujtaba Rahman has obviously also been finding this, with his report today about various member states […]

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