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The UK leaving the EU will, eventually, radically change the political landscape, but the climate won’t sit by waiting for the Brexit-negotiations to finish. Today, August 2, marks ' Earth Overshoot Day ', which means that we’ve now used more resources than our planet can renew during a year. This day takes place almost five days earlier every year, but it's hardly something to celebrate, since it means that the resources used for the rest of 2017 are unsustainable . The UK has...

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Almost 60% of UK businesses say leaving the EU hasn't changed their investment plans. On the other hand, among the 357 businesses that were asked by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), 40% said Brexit had already changed things for the worse. The recent meeting between Brexit advisors, ministers and businesses is a sign that this finally is taken seriously, and we can only hope close cooperation will continue during the negotiations. However, there are great differences between...

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The UK has so far refused to accept that the European Court of Justice should have any power in Britain after leaving the EU. Although this has been important for the UK government, the latest news claim European judges could have influence during the negotiation talks. So far, it’s unclear if this will continue after 2019, as part of a transition period, but this definitely sounds like a softer approach than the one that was presented in January. Good sign? What do you think of this?

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Brexit isn't only ruining relationships in this country, it's also causing trouble out there on the European continent. The EU is seen as a force of peace – it even got the Nobel Prize in 2012 – and as it grew from 6 to 28 members, there have been friendly times in the EU-family. But since Britain’s vote in the referendum blocked the door for new members, Balkan countries now fear for their memberships and have been more unstable than usual: demonstrations in Serbia, attacks on the...

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Costlier Marmite and Weetabix, and Toblerone with valleys of air replacing mountains of chocolate – Brexit has already arrived at your local grocery store.   With more versions of Brexit than there are experts on the topic, and buzzwords like ‘soft' & ‘hard’, flying both left and right, the year since the referendum has been quite a ride. The UK will probably be forced out of the EU customs union when leaving the EU, which will create costly border barriers to trade. Unless there's...

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Many fear that Brexit could end the British creative industry as we know it. It could mean leaving the EU-funding program called Creative Europe , which has benefitted almost 10 per cent of British art and culture projects –  over £ 10 million in 2014. And no replacement has yet been announced. In addition, the future of the tax relief program for the creative industries, intellectual property rights or income based on resale and licensing, is thrown into question. The creative...

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To maintain their world-leading universities the UK should participate in the Horizon2020 Programme (EU Research and Innovation Programme) and the European Research Council (ERC).  Erasmus+ has allowed UK students and staff to visit EU universities, and vice versa, and is important for the future is, but access to other parts of the Horizon2020 should also be mentioned. The UK is the country participating on most Horizon2020 projects and only Germany has received more funding....

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Tollak Bowitz

London, United Kingdom

Joined this community on Jun 23, 2017

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Bio Norwegian EU-Politics student at LSE with background from social anthropology, and a strong human rights commitment. Too invested in European politics.

What age category are you in?
25-30

What gender do you identify as?
Male

What nationality are you? (you may list more than one)
Norwegian

Which town or city do you live in?
London

Highest level of education
Master's Degree

Other qualifications
None

Employment status
Student

Attitude towards Brexit
Bad

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