Ned Watkinson, one of the winners of our Jean Monnet Chair’s ‘Blog on Europe Competition‘, responds to Eleanor Harding and Tom Witherow who singled out his blog post in their Daily Mail […]
Our student John Smith argues that the EU could replace the United States as the world’s military superpower, but it must start to cooperate more closely in areas that were […]
As one of its last activities in the 2014-17 cycle, the Jean Monnet Chair of Professor Amelia Hadfield ran a blog competition for full-time first year undergraduate students in politics. […]
Christian Turner is undergraduate coordinator at the Centre for European Studies (CEFEUS) at Canterbury Christ Church University. At the time of writing, Donald J. Trump has been president of the […]
Professor Jan Burns Head of Eligibility for the International Federation for sport for para-athletes with an intellectual disabilities (www.INAS.org) reflects back on key moments from Rio I often have an […]
Professor Jan Burns Head of Eligibility for the International Federation for sport for para-athletes with an intellectual disabilities (www.INAS.org) reflects back on key moments from Rio As I watched the […]
Guest blogger: Dr Ben Worthy, Lecturer in Politics, Birkbeck College, University of London The UK’s EU referendum has turned into a series of threats against Cameron himself. The weekend was […]
A Four-Part Brexit Blog, hosted by CCCU Politics/IR Jean Monnet Chair in European Foreign Affairs, Dr Amelia Hadfield.
Britain has entered the battlefield to save, slay or restructure its membership of the European Union. Key players from all national sectors have taken up their positions on all fronts. But clarifying the motivations of British stakeholders and sectors in terms of their support for, or opposition to European integration requires a little more insight. We need to fully understand the challenges faced, and the opportunities on offer from the EU side, and the way in which British industry perceives and responds. British feelings regarding Europe seem mired in semantic differences rather than cultural commonalities. Britain is with, not of Europe. Europe ‘is my continent, not my country’, suggested John Redwood. This produces a sense of resignation in some, who like Stanley Baldwin, argued that ‘whether we like it or not, we are considerably bound to Europe’. For others, the connection at least affords a singular opportunity for British leadership. ‘We have many times led Europe in the fight for freedom’, said Anthony Eden, ‘it would be an ignoble end to our long history if we tamely accepted to perish by degrees.’
This however, is a fight of a different type. It’s fight to determine the vision, and the viability of the Union, and the location of Britain within the EU. These are exciting, confusing, challenging times. And we need some level-headed analysis to chart our way forward. I’m therefore delighted that the Jean Monnet Chair activities, based here in the Politics/IR team of Canterbury Christ Church University, is able to provide open access to fast-moving, contemporary events of real importance, in a way that promotes the work of emerging European scholars. This four-part blog series offers an overview of the particular fears and hopes, and resultant positioning of different business sectors in the struggle to clarify the consequences for a British exit, or ‘Brexit’. In this first post, we examine those areas that are expected to be most gravely affected by a Brexit: the finance sector.