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The Brexit drama
The British EU membership referendum on 23 June was always expected to be a close run. Still, the result came as a surprise to most observers. Opinion polls had consistently shown the two sides to be close to equal. However, what did not occur towards the end was the expected push in favour of the status quo - similar to the one which appeared in the Scottish referendum in 2014.
17.41 million Brits voted to Leave the EU. 16.14 million voted to Remain. As is conventionally the case with referenda, there was no compromise position on the cards. “Brexit means Brexit,” concluded the incoming Prime Minister, Theresa May.
Yet the very concept of Brexit is also a rhetorical device, adapted to different audiences with separate hymn sheets on their side. Will Britain be leaving the EU’s single market, wholly or in part? Which parts of 43 years of legislation under EU membership are likely to be reversed? What relationships will we see emerge with other countries across the world, on trade as well as in other policy areas? Will there be repercussions for Britain´s role in the UN? In NATO?
These are the kind of overarching reflections on the referendum outcome addressed by contributions to the current issue of British Politics Review.
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10 years after the St. Andrews Agreement
Friday 30 September 2016, 15:00-17:30
”Stort møterom”, Georg Sverdrups hus, University of Oslo
BPS is proud to invite its members and friends to an autumn seminar on Northern Ireland, featuring two exclusively invited speakers.
Lord Hain of Neath
"The St.Andrews Agreement: lessons for conflict resolution"
Dr. Peter McLoughlin
"The State of Northern Ireland today"
Lord Hain of Neath is a British Labour Party politician, who was the MP for Neath between 1991 and 2015, and served in the Cabinets of both Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. Among several Cabinet posts, he was Secretary of State for Northern Ireland from 2005 to 2007. After standing down as an MP at the 2015 general election, he was created a life peer as Baron Hain, of Neath in the County of West Glamorgan.
Peter Mc Loughlin is a Lecturer at Queen’s University Belfast. His main research interests are on Northern Ireland and other divided societies, and he has contributed widely to academic and public debates on the peace process and on contemporary political processes in Northern Ireland.
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ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2016
The tenth (!) Annual General Meeting of the British Politics Society Norway was held on Tuesday 31 May, 16:30-18:00.
Participants were briefed about BPS activities in 2015, and plans for 2016. Other posts on the program included a presentation of the accounts for 2015 and the budget for 2016.
The meeting was led by BPS leader Atle L. Wold.
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Join us in 2016!
Membership in the British Politics Society is open to everyone with an interest in British politics, culture, and society.
BPS membership for one year costs NOK 200,- and gives the following benefits:
Established in June 2006, the overall objective of the BPS is to raise the general interest and knowledge about Britain and British politics in Norway and to maintain a scholarly network for people with an interest in such matters.
The current board consists of four people, all based in the academic community in Oslo.
Send us an e-mail to learn more!
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