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Employment Rights: Preserving and Strengthening Family-Friendly and
Egalitarian Workplace Cultures after Brexit

December 2017, Ania Zbyszewska, University of Warwick

This briefing assesses how employment rights underpinning family-friendly workplaces might be affected by the UK’s exit from the EU. It also makes recommendations for how the UK might preserve and strengthen its commitment to maintaining family-friendly and egalitarian workplaces after Brexit.

Skills Training for Vulnerable Workers: Effects of the Loss of EU Funding after Brexit

December 2017, Peter Dickinson, Daria Luchinskaya and Chris Warhurst

UK spending on initiatives to help unemployed and disadvantaged workers in the labour market is significantly supplemented by EU funding such as the European Social Fund (ESF). Unless the UK government provides replacement funding, this funding source will be withdrawn on the UK's exit from the EU. This briefing outlines the benefits of the ESF in the UK and makes recommendations for what investment in skills training for vulnerable workers should look like after Brexit.

Job Loss and Job Creation - Pitfalls and Opportunities?
Brexit, Foreign Investment and Job Creation

December 2017, Nigel Driffield and Erika Kispeter

This briefing outlines recent policy-orientated research on the impact of Brexit on inward foreign direct investment and employment. It sets out recommendations for a post-Brexit inward investment strategy, with a focus on good-quality job creation.

Regulating EU Migrant Labour: Lessons from the Construction Industry 

December 2017, Guglielmo Meardi and Erika Kispeter, University of Warwick, Anne Green, University of Birmingham

Targeted regulations of migrant labour could reduce labour market uncertainty and job competition between UK and migrant workers after Brexit. This briefing analyses lessons from the construction industries of Canada, Switzerland and Norway to make recommendations for how migrant labour regulations might be implemented in the UK.

Future UK Gas Security: Upstream Security of Supply

October 2017, Professor Mike Bradshaw

This briefing reports the findings of the first UK Gas Security Forum, which brings together a range of stakeholders from government, business, think-tanks and academia to consider the impact of Brexit on the UK gas industry. The aim of the Forum is to inform the Brexit negotiations and the formulation of a Post-Brexit UK Gas Security Strategy.

'EU Migrants': Differences, Inequalities and Distinctions

June 2017, Simone Varriale

Simone considers how EU migrants are perceived in the UK and the extent to which this shapes their identities.

Published in: The Sociological Review

How Brexit border debate could affect human trafficking into UK

March 2017, Katerina Hadjimatheou

Recent government figures estimate that there are between 10,000 and 13,000 victims of modern slavery in the UK today. A large majority of these people are trafficked in from abroad. And, as the government report shows, a significant proportion of this group, perhaps even most of them, are themselves EU citizens. It seems highly likely that the final Brexit settlement will involve some reinstatement of immigration controls between the UK and the EU. So, one important question is how this might affect the flow, identification, and protection of people trafficked into the UK.

Published in: The Conversation

Brexit, Shakespeare, and International Law

March 2017, Gary Watt

King John, Shakespeare's English History Play in which the Papal legate compels France to withdraw from its bilateral pact with England, demonstrates uncanny parallels with the UK's exit from the EU. Gary Watt explores the language and meaning of the play and what light it can shed on the Brexit vote and its aftermath.

Published in: Oxford University Press Blog

The Rule of Law: Brexit and Financial Services

February 2017, John McEldowney

This briefing looks at the primary options for UK and EU relations after Brexit. It is based on a paper by Professor John McEldowney (School of Law, University of Warwick) and Professor Rosa M Lastra (CCLS, Queen Mary University of London) which explains how the rule of law provides an essential framework for the discussion of many aspects of Brexit including the role of Parliament, the importance of the courts and the values of justice and fairness, especially legal certainty.

Published in: The Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law website

Migrant Labour and Agriculture

February 2017, Wyn Grant

This briefing outines the use of seasonal migrant labour in Agriculture and sets out policy recommendations to reduce the negative impact of brexit on the supply of seasonal workers.

Published in: Yorkshire Agriculture Society website

Brexit, bad jobs and the bad jobs trap in the UK

January 2017, Chris Warhurst

Despite all the talk about inter-generational betrayal by the old of the young, the largest ratio to vote leave was amongst low-skilled workers (70%). Their frustration and desire for something to change is understandable. They are in bad jobs, are too often stuck in these jobs and jostle more than others with migrant workers.

Published in: Warwick Social Sciences Blog

Trade deals are difficult to negotiate and Britain lacks the skills for the job

January 2017, Nigel Driffield

Much of the debate around trade deals misses some of the fundamentals of what they actually are and involve.

Published in: The Conversation

Brexit, the Commonwealth, and exclusionary citizenship

8 December 2016, Gurminder Bhambra

This article explores how Brexit could mean that non-British EU citizens lose citizenship rights in the UK, and argues that this is part of a broader pattern that played out in the first half of the twentieth century with regard to people coming to Britain from the Commonwealth.

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Brexit will harm foreign investment to the UK

December 2016, Nigel Driffield

Leaving the European Union will see foreign direct investment into the UK drop dramatically, taking four years to recover and remaining at a reduced level in the long-term.

Published on: WBS website

The fundamental factors behind the Brexit vote

October 2016, Sascha Becker, Thiemo Fetzer and Denis Novy

In the Brexit referendum on 23 June 2016, the British electorate voted to leave the EU. The vote is widely seen as a watershed moment in British history and European integration. This column asks why some areas vote to leave the EU, and others voted to remain.

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Euroscepticism in Old and New Member States: The Role of the Media in the United Kingdom and Croatia

September 2016, Tatiana Coutto, Blanka Matkovic

Media coverage of the European Union is key to understanding the mainstreaming of Euroscepticism in Europe and its impact on democracy in old and new member states.

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Why Britain should heed Japan's Brexit warning

September 2016, Nigel Driffield

Japan’s warning that its companies may move their operations outside of the UK if it fails to negotiate favourable Brexit terms is the first major sign of how leaving the EU could affect foreign investment into Britain.

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After Brexit, nationals could take a lesson in integration from immigrants

August 2016, Katharina Lefringhausen

Katharina Lefringhausen challenges the notion that the more we accept different ways of life in our own neighbourhood, the more our own way of doing things is under existential threat. Her research demonstrates that those British nationals who engage in cultural practices from immigrant communities are no less likely to engage in British cultural practices.

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Viewpoint: Brexit, Class and British 'National' Identity

July 2016, Gurminder Bhambra

In this article, Professor Bhambra explores Brexit and arguments around race and class in the context of Britain's imperial past.

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Is British democracy ready for youth participation?

June 2016, Tatiana Coutto

On 6 June, the official voter registration website received more than 525,000 applications from people wishing to register to vote in the upcoming EU referendum. Emergency legislation had to be adopted to extend the registration period by 48 hours after a massive wave (50,000) of would-be voters tried to apply shortly before the deadline. More than 400,000 people benefited from this extra time to register. A large share of the last-minute applicants were aged between 18 and 34 years old. Some of the individuals in this age range will be voting for the first time in the referendum. While application figures have to be taken with a pinch of salt, this new group of voters may affect the result of the referendum, shaping the relationship between the UK and the EU in the coming decades.

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