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Generation Brexit gives young people a voice in the Brexit process. It asks 16-35 year olds from across the UK & Europe what they want from Brexit. The results will be sent to Parliaments in Westminster and Brussels.

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Take a look at our latest survey. We want to hear from YOU what kind of Brexit you want to see, if any at all. TAKE OUR SURVEY HERE

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The LSE has found that a majority of young people in the UK want to keep the right to freedom of movement and maintain trade links with Europe after Brexit. Studying in Europe and taking advantage of European education programmes are also priorities. Many young people want the UK to remain an open and inclusive member of the global community of nations and have a strong relationship with the EU. As the Brexit negotiations embark on their final phase, we would like to know what you think! WHAT SHOULD THE FUTURE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE UNITED KINGDOM & THE EUROPEAN UNION LOOK LIKE?

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Welcome to the Twelve Days of Brexit challenge! Over the next twelve days exciting Xmas-themed ideas will be uploaded here which will allow you to engage with the topic of Brexit from different and sometimes unexpected perspectives. Stay tuned for the Twelve Days of Brexit!

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The Irish border question is becoming more important by the day. The UK seems committed to quitting the customs union which risks a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. That means border controls, delays, and possibly undermining the Peace.... The Prime Minister is scrambling to get a deal.  What kind of deal should there be?

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The amount Britain may have to pay if it wants to get a good Brexit deal are becoming clearer by the day. The latest sum to be discussed is 50 billion EUROS (£44 billion). The Prime Minister has been accused of selling the UK out over the deal. Is the 50 billion Euro deal saving or sinking the UK? Tell us what you think here. PRIZE:  If you write a really great comment in the idea box within 5 days after this FLASHPOINT is issued, you will be in contention to win a £25 Amazon voucher.  

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During the Brexit vote both sides of the argument espoused empirically unsubstantiated claims. The Remain campaign warned of impending economic meltdown right after the vote to exit the EU – that did not happen. The Leave campaign notoriously promised that Brexit would enable the UK to restore the sovereignty of the Parliament. It now turns out that government minters will be able to amend repatriated EU legislation as they wish. Boris Johnson famously promised to ‘take control’ over the £350 million a week we ‘send to Brussels’ (UK’s contributions to the EU budget). We knew then that the net sum was actually around £156 million. We now know that the UK will end up paying into EU’s coffers long after it exits. Was the proliferation of these threats and promises a hallmark of a post-truth society? • What role did social media platforms play in proliferating these unsubstantiated claims? • Have people really had enough of experts, as Michael Gove had claimed? • Was #ProjectFear an example of misinformation or disinformation? Guide to the Brexit vote

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The EU referendum campaign was arguably a suspension of the normal proceedings of liberal democracy in the United Kingdom. Countless analyses have proclaimed the Brexit vote to be an expression of a majoritarian and anti-pluralist democratic process, hence a populist one. For others, the vote mobilised the highest percentage of votes in recent decades and was thus an undiluted expression of popular will. Furthermore, the vote can be seen to have given voice to the disenfranchised and the forgotten and as such may have restored the people’s trust in democracy. Can we thus classify the Brexit vote as a populist development? • Where the causes of the Brexit vote primarily economic, and/or political, and/or social? • What ideology stood behind the Leave campaign, how was its message delivered? • What precedent does the Brexit vote set for British liberal democracy and with what implications? Guide to the Brexit vote

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Wales follows a Brexit pattern visible across the UK. As a former coal mining community, the region suffered more than most from the de-industrialisation of the 1970s and 1980s. The rapid dismantlement of the coal industry, which had supported the region for decades was not offset with measures such as fiscal redistribution, re-education, or public investment. In a serviced-based economy, Wales has been unable to compete. The result has been unemployment, brain drain, and meagre growth. These factors coupled with a fear of immigrants underpin Wales’s Brexit vote. But what of the negotiations? • What are the main Welsh priorities? Should Wales be given more of a voice at the negotiating table? • How will the powers that be fill the financial hole left by Wales’s withdrawal from EU structural funding programmes? • Beyond Brexit, how can the Welsh economy be revitalised?   Storify

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The Brexit vote was an exercise in plebiscitary democracy; a direct appeal to the British people to state their voice on the UK’s continued membership to the European Union. However, the second most Googled question in the UK, after the vote took place on 23 June 2016 was 'What is the EU?' What does this tell us, if anything, about the how fit citizens are to ‘rule’ ? Long before the vote, studies have shown that much of the British public was ill-informed about the workings of the EU and the Referendum campaign did little to fill this gap in information. Contentious social issues were discussed at length, such as immigration, the NHS, and welfare, which arguably often had little to do with the UK’s membership in the EU. Both the Leave and the Remain campaigns were focused on portraying what life outside of the EU would look like, in practice having little to no ability to make such predictions. In light of the above, was turning to the wisdom of the people the right choice? What were the pros and cons of the Brexit referendum? Did the UK public know what they were voting for? Where they given the chance to be appropriately informed? Is the Brexit Vote legitimate? Should the UK public vote directly on such big issues from now on? Guide to the Brexit vote

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Following years of religion-fuelled conflict followed by painstaking periods of reconciliation, the Good Friday Agreement (1998) ended border controls between the UK and Ireland. Yet, Brexit has raised critical questions about the future relationship between the two countries, with the Northern Irish question beginning once more to simmer under the surface. Central to this is the issue of a UK-Ireland Hard Border, and how to avoid it. The maintenance of open borders with Ireland seems inconsistent with the primary aims of Brexit. Therein lies the conundrum. Political will exists to do a deal on both sides, keeping the border open. But what do the Irish and Northern Irish themselves think of this? • How should the border question be resolved? • If a hard border is instated, should Northern Ireland be able to hold a referendum on union with Ireland? Visual Guide

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Scotland’s membership in the EU first came up as an issue for us in the 2014 Independence Referendum, when we looked at it from the perspective of whether we could continue to be a member as a new, independent state. After we voted No to an Independent Scotland the issue was not discussed very much, until the 24th of June 2016 when we discovered that the UK had voted to Leave. Scotland voted to remain by 62% to 38% and all council areas backed Remain. Is Scotland being dragged out of the EU against it’s wishes, or should Scotland respect the outcome of the EU referendum as we have voted to be part of the UK. Should there be a second Independence Referendum? Do we trust that Westminster will continue to support areas, such as the Highlands and Islands that have benefitted from EU funding? Visual Guide

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While the UK voted narrowly to leave the EU in June 2016, stats demonstrate just how divided the vote was. By almost 60%-40%, Londoners of all ages backed Remain. The percentage of London Remainers among the youth was even higher - a colossal 76%. For a city that relies heavily on its financial and insurance services, transnationals, and thus a considerable degree of immigration from within the EU, Brexit is viewed as a major blow by many. Others, however small in number, see it as an opportunity. So, what of London in the Brexit negotiations? How can London endure as a premier global city after Brexit? How can London continue to attract the best talent from the EU? Should the UK pursue a separate arrangement between London and the EU? If so, what? Visual Guide

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Στις 23 Ιουνίου, 2016, το Ηνωμένο Βασίλειο αποφάσισε να βγει από την Ευρωπαϊκή Ένωση. Αν και οι δεσμοί που έχουν δημιουργηθεί τις προηγούμενες δεκαετίες δεν πρόκειται να κοπούν ξαφνικά, η απόφαση αυτή αναμένεται να φέρει μια σειρά σημαντικών αλλαγών, τόσο για το Η.Β., όσο και για τα επιμέρους μέλη-κράτη της Ε.Ε. Μεταξύ άλλων, η απόφαση αυτή επηρεάζει και τις ζωές των χιλιάδων Ελλήνων που ζουν, εργάζονται και φοιτούν στο Ηνωμένο Βασίλειο. Πώς ακριβώς όμως τους επηρεάζει; Τί θα συμβεί με το δικαίωμα στην ελεύθερη μετακίνηση, την πρόσβαση στην αγορά εργασίας, ή το ύψος των διδάκτρων για τους πολίτες της Ε.Ε.; Η πλατφόρμα του Generation Brexit τώρα δίνει την ευκαιρία στους νέους Έλληνες να εκφράσουν τις ανησυχίες και τους προβληματισμούς τους, αλλά και να προτείνουν λύσεις στα θέματα που τους απασχολούν. Αποτελώντας ένα δίαυλο επικοινωνίας και μια ανοικτή και προσβάσιμη δεξαμενή σκέψης, ο τελικός σκοπός του Generation Brexit είναι οι φωνές των Ελλήνων πολιτών να ακουστούν σε επίπεδο του ευρωκοινοβουλίου.  1. Πώς θα επηρεαστεί η ελεύθερη μετακίνηση Ελλήνων πολιτών από και προς το Ηνωμένο Βασίλειο; 2. Θα έχουν οι Έλληνες πολίτες δικαίωμα πρόσβασης στην αγορά εργασίας του Η.Β. μετά το Μάρτιο του 2018; 3. Ποια θα είναι η νέα ρύθμιση για τα δίδακτρα που θα πληρώνουν οι φοιτητές από χώρες της Ε.Ε. στα Βρετανικά πανεπιστήμια; Η πρωτοβουλία αυτή πραγματοποιήθηκε με την υποστήριξη του Hellenic Observatory του London School of Economics. Ευχαριστούμε θερμά τα άτομα που μας έχουν βοηθήσει να κτίσουμε αυτή την ενότητα.

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La France et le Royaume Uni, après une longue histoire de conflits ont su développer des relations fortes sur les plans économique, culturel et politique. Au sein de l’Union Européenne les deux pays sont des géants militaires. Sur le plan économique, le leadership de Macron semble placer la France comme première concurrente face à une Angleterre affaiblie par les risques du Brexit. Finalement, la question des citoyens français en forte présence notamment à Londres nécessite des garanties quant à leur futur. Question 1: Le Brexit pourrait-il présenter des opportunités économiques pour la France? Question 2: A l'épreuve du Brexit, une alliance militaire entre la France et le Royaume-Uni est-elle envisageable ? Question 3: Qu’adviendra t-il de tous les Français expatriés au Royaume Uni? Les jeunes auront-ils toujours l'opportunité d'y partir apprendre l’anglais ou développer leur carrière?

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España es uno de los países de la Unión Europea en los que la decisión del Reino Unido de abandonar la Unión ha causado una mayor estupefacción y preocupación. Esta reacción resulta comprensible habida cuenta de los fuertes vínculos en diferentes niveles entre España y el Reino Unido. España es el hogar de algo más de más de 300.000 ciudadanos británicos y el destino de unos 18 millones en el último año y algo más del 3% de las exportaciones británicas. El Reino Unido recibe el 7% de las exportaciones españolas, cuenta con unos 125.000 residentes permanentes españoles y un número difícil de aproximar de estudiantes procedentes de España. La membresía de ambos Estados en la Unión Europea ha permitido, además de estrechar los vínculos económicos, mejorar la relación política en cuestiones como la controversia sobre el estatus de Gibraltar y promover el intercambio y acercamiento cultural. La salida del Reino Unido de Gran Bretaña e Irlanda del Norte de la Unión Europea prevista para marzo de 2019 abre muchos interrogantes sobre el futuro de la relación entre los dos países. 1. ¿Cómo afectará el Brexit a la economía española y qué tipo de acuerdo favorecería el crecimiento y el empleo en España? 2. ¿Cómo afectará el Brexit a las relaciones políticas entre España y el Reino Unido en temas como la libre circulación de personas o el estatus de Gibraltar? 3. La salida del Reino Unido de la Unión Europea puede llevar a que el país abandone el programa Erasmus en el futuro. ¿Cómo cree que afectaría esta decisión a España?

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La Brexit, la cui data ufficiale è prevista per marzo 2019, desta molte preoccupazioni per gli oltre 600 mila cittadini italiani che vivono, lavorano o studiano nel paese, usufruendo di vantaggi e diritti che potrebbero perdere nel marzo 2019. Oltre alla sorte incerta di questi cittadini italiani, la Brexit presenta numerose incognite per l’Italia e gli italiani, sia dal punto di vista economico-sociale che da quello politico-educativo. In particolar modo, l’uscita della Gran Bretagna dal mercato unico potrà avere ripercussioni sulla vita di molti italiani, in particolare i giovani. Settori della società che beneficiano direttamente o indirettamente della presenza britannica nel mercato unico potrebbero essere danneggiati significativamente: dall’ import ed export di beni, l’industria turistico-alberghiera fino al mondo universitario che, soprattutto attraverso il progetto Erasmus, consente ai giovani italiani di studiare in atenei britannici e viceversa. Domanda 1: Secondo te, in quale modo l’economia italiana può difendersi dai potenziali effetti negativi della Brexit? Domanda 2: Secondo te, quali alternative politico-istituzionali alla libertà di circolazione possono essere create? Quali sono davvero necessarie? Domanda 3: Con l’uscita dell’Unione Europea, la Gran Bretagna potrebbe abbandonare anche il programma Erasmus. Secondo te, quali misure dovrebbero essere messe in atto per consentire agli studenti italiani di studiare nel Regno Unito e viceversa, dopo la Brexit?

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Die Beziehungen zwischen Deutschland und Großbritannien werden zumeist insbesondere als Wirtschaftsbeziehungen gesehen. So warnten Deutsche Wirtschaftsverbände wiederholt vor einer zu harten Haltung der EU gegenüber Großbritanniens aus Angst vor einer Schwächung der Deutsch-Britischen Wirtschaftsbeziehungen. Europapolitisch teilten beide Länder eine wirtschaftlich-pragmatische, auf Sparpolitik pochende Sichtweise auf EU und EU Erweiterung. Oft wird dabei jedoch vergessen, dass der Brexit nicht nur Auswirkungen auf wirtschaftliche und europapolitische Beziehungen sondern auch auf den kulturellen Austausch zwischen Deutschland und Großbritannien zum Beispiel in Form von Schüleraustauschen oder Studienaufenthalten haben könnte. Zudem hat der Brexit direkte Auswirkungen auf die vielen in London lebenden Deutschen Staatsbürger. Frage 1: Ist der Brexit eher als positiv oder negativ für die deutsche Wirtschaft zu bewerten (deutsche Exporte, Autoinsdustrie, Frankfurt als Finanzzentrum)? Frage 2: Wird die deutsche Europapolitik durch den Brexit gestärkt oder geschwächt? Frage 3: Welche Auswirkungen wird der Brexit auf den kulturellen Austausch zwischen beiden Ländern haben? Was passiert mit Schüleraustauschen, Studienaufenthalten und Universitäts- und Schulpartnerschaften? Was kann der Brexit für die deutschen Staatsbürger bedeuten die in London leben und arbeiten?

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Brexit niewątpliwie znacząco wpłynie na Unię Europejską, w tym Polskę. Nasz kraj jest mocno związany z Wielką Brytanią poprzez ponadmilionową Polonię, europejski budżet czy wspólne programy edukacyjne, kulturowe i społeczne. Strategia negocjacyjna obrana przez Londyn będzie mieć znaczący wpływ na to czy Polska naprawdę będzie ‘największym przegranym Brexitu’. Warto więc rozważyć czego naprawdę powinniśmy oczekiwać od obecnie trwających rozmów. 1. Czy i w jaki sposób brytyjski rząd powinien rozpoznać wkład Polonii w rozwój Zjednoczonego Królestwa? Czy obecnie działające w Wielkiej Brytanii firmy, a także przebywający na Wyspach Polacy powinni liczyć na jakiekolwiek przywileje i od czego powinny one zależeć? 2. Czy Polska dyplomacja powinna dążyć do uzyskania jak najmocniejszej pozycji w ‘nowej’ Unii Europejskiej czy raczej zabiegać o silne relacje z Wielką Brytanią? Jak powinna kształtować się relacja Warszawa-Londyn i czy powinna ona być zależna jedynie od europejskich negocjatorów? 3. Czy Polonia powinna przyjąć bardziej ‘brytyjską’ tożsamość, a może podkreślać swoje korzenie kulturowe? Jaka powinna być rola brytyjskiego rządu w zagwarantowaniu praw polskiej mniejszości ? 4. Jakie widzisz perspektywy rozwoju swojej kariery w Wielkiej Brytanii w obliczu Brexitu?

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