Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Sunday, December 11, 2016

'Brexit: A Crash Course' videos now online

The three-part crash course I ran at NYU on Brexit (details here) is now available on YouTube for all to watch. 

The course explores the background to the UK's vote by looking at the history of UK-EU relations, explores more recent developments to explain why the vote happened, before examining what the vote tells us about the UK, the EU and Western politics more broadly, and where Britain and the EU might go next. The classes were delivered as part of NYU's Program in International Relations and were open to anybody interested in the topic. While focused largely on political analysis, some economics, international relations and legal issues are explored. The course assumes some knowledge of EU and UK politics, but brief explanation of both is given where necessary.

Class 1: Britain and the EU
Examines the history of the EU's development, Britain's part in it and Europe's place in British politics. The class covers such questions as: Why was the EU founded? Why did the UK join late? Has the UK been ‘an awkward partner’ or ‘a quiet European’? What have the rest of the EU felt about the UK’s role? How has the EU changed and how much of this has the UK shaped? Why has the issue of Europe been so divisive in British politics?

(Recorded - Thursday, 27 October 2016)

Class 2: The Referendum Campaign, Vote and Outcome

Examines why the referendum was called and why the British people voted to leave the EU. The class covers such questions as: Why was the referendum called? What did David Cameron secure in his renegotiation of the UK’s membership? How did the campaign unfold? What key issues emerged during the campaign? Why did the Leave side win? How did Britain vote? What divisions have been observed?

(Recorded - Wednesday, 2 November 2016)

Class 3: The Future
What will Brexit mean for Britain, the EU and others? The class covers such questions as: What happens now in the Brexit negotiations? What does ‘Brexit means Brexit’ actually mean? What does the vote mean for the UK politically, economically and strategically? What will it mean for the EU and ideas of European integration? What might it mean for the USA, the transatlantic relationship and wider international relations? Where does it leave ideas and theories of European integration/disintegration? How important is Brexit for Britain, the EU and the world?

(Recorded - Tuesday, 8 November 2016)

The whole series can be found by clicking here.

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Next Generation Views of the Transatlantic Relationship

Pictures below of this afternoon's event with Michelle Egan (American University), Phil Bednarczyk (Democrat Staff to the House Foreign Affairs Committee) and Jeff Lightfoot (Jones Group and Atlantic Council) to discuss the Dahrendorf Report 'New Challenges, New Voices: Next Generation Viewpoints on Transatlantic Relations'

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Saturday, December 03, 2016

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Speaking in Berlin, London and Ottawa

I'll be in Berlin, London and Ottawa over the next two weeks. Events detailed below.

Berlin: Dahrendorf Forum Workshop series 'Brexit and Europe', 24-25 November.

London: I'll be chairing the event 'Transatlantic Relations after the Election: Next generation perspectives', Monday 28 November, 6:30-8pm, LSE

Ottawa: I'll be speaking at the University of Ottawa, 'Goodbye Britannia? Brexit and Britain's Approach to International Relations' 12-1:30pm, 1 December, University of Ottawa. 

Ottawa: I'll also be speaking to the LSE's Ottawa alumni group at 6:30pm on 1 December. 

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Transatlantic Relations After the Election: Next Generation Perspectives

On Monday 28 November I'll be chairing the following discussion on the future of transatlantic relations with some of the contributors to a report I edited this summer. 

Details here: http://www.lse.ac.uk/IDEAS/EVENTS/events/2016/16-11-28-transatlantic.aspx 

Monday 28th November, 6.30-8pm, Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE 

A Dictionary of Brexit

The vote by the British people to leave the European Union has given rise to a plethora of new words such as 'Brexit'. 'Brexit' itself is now defined in the Oxford English dictionary as: (noun) A term for the potential departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union.

Below I've listed some of the other words and phrases - some common, some not so common - that have been invented to define what Brexit means. I've begun to link to examples where I can find them. I discussed the Brexicon in a piece for the LSE's Brexit blog

I'll update this page as I find new words or they emerge (and will get around to putting them all into alphabetical order). Please email me with any suggestions, examples and links - timloliver@gmail.com 


101 Brexits
Amazing technicolour dreambrexit
B-Day (the day Brexit is scheduled to happen, 29 March 2019)
BINO (Brexit In Name Only)
Br(EEA)xit (UK exit from the EEA)
Breadxit (Brexit and baking)
Brelete (your account)
Brentry (Britain's joining the EEC in 1973)
Breunion (the Breunion Boys are a boyband committed to winning back the UK)
Brexart (the cultural impact of Brexit)
Brexatom (UK exit from the European Atomic Energy Community - EURATOM)
Brexchosis (Brexit psychosis) 
Brexfit (a workout session designed and run by Gym Box)
Brexican stand-off (stand-off mainly over what the UK owes the EU)
Brexicology (the study of the Brexicon)
Brexicon (the lexicon of Brexit)
Brexiety (Brexit anxiety)
Brexistential crisis which leads to the Brexit Five stages of Grief (also here):
  1. Brenial
  2. Branger
  3. Brargaining
  4. Brepression or debression
  5. Bracceptance or euukceptance.
Brexitey (Brexit anxiety)
Brexit over easy
Brexiteers / Brexiter
'Brexitjuice, Brexitjuice, Brexitjuice'
Brexit Virus (a strain of hepatitis V found in sausages)
Brexlicker (Brexit stamps)
Brexlit (the literature of Brexit)
Brexmas (Have a merry one...)
Brexpats (in Spain, Portugal etc.)
Brexshit (...hitting the fan)
Brexsplit (UK divides in its membership of the EU, with Scotland remaining inside)
BRINO (BRexit In Name Only)
Broxit (Elmar Brok MEP's expenses)
Bruck off
Brump (Brexit and Trump)
The Bye-EU Tapestry (c/o the Sun)
Chateau Brexit (Brexit causes an increase in the price of wine)
Continental Brexit
Creme Brulee Brexit (hard Brexit on the surface but inside it's a soft Brexit)
Elastic Brexit
Elexit (the 2017 UK General Election)
Fifty shades of Brexit (and Article 50 Shades of Brexit)
Hard Brexit
Hard Brexxxit (a political porn parody)
Long Brexit
Neglexit (the opportunity costs of Brexit)
Part Brexit
Prexit (a pretend Brexit and the exit of cash from prime funds in the City)
Prexit (Resignation of Priti Patel MP)
Re-Leavers (Remain voters who have changed their support to Leave)
Remain-ia (also see, Romania) 
Schrödinger's Brexit
Scoxit (Scottish exit from the UK)
Shexit (The Shetland Islands exit from Scotland in the case of a Scoxit)
Slow Brexit (taking Brexit one careful step at a time)
Smexit ('smart Brexit')
Soft Brexit
Therexit (Theresa May's exit from 10 Downing St)
Threxit (the UK's negotiating threats)
Train crash Brexit
Trexit (Theresa May's exit)
UKxit (UK exit from the EU, which is different to Britain's exit which would not include Northern Ireland)
Unprotected Brexit
Wrexit (to wreck Brexit)
Zaxit (the defeat of Zac Goldsmith)

Other EU member states/regions
(Credit for some of these goes to a piece by Quartz)

Austria - Auxit, Outstria, Ousterreich.
Belgium - Beljump, Bailgium.
Bulgaria - Nullgaria.
Croatia - Noatia, Heaveatska.
Cyprus - Byeprus, Nicoseeya.
Czech Republic - Czexit, Czech-out, Czech-off.
Denmark - Dexit, Dumpark, Donemark, Copenhatin'.
Estonia - Egresstonia, Eschewia, Extonia.
Finland - Fin-land, Helsinkhole, Finish.
France - Frexit, Fraurevoir, AdiEU, Oui out, Fruck-off.
Germany - Berlout, Deutschleave, Angeleave Merkel. 
Greece - Grexit.
Hungary - Full, Donegary. 
Ireland - Retireland, Dublout, Byerland, Irexit, Eirexit. 
Italy - Itexit, Italexit, Italight, Outaly, Quitaly.
Latvia - Leavia, Lat-me-out.
Lithuania - Lithawaynia.
Luxembourg - Luxdisembark, Luxgetouttahere. 
Malta - Malternative, Halta, Maltavista.
Netherlands - Nexit, Neverlands, Ditch.
Poland - Noland, Polskedaddle, Withdrarsaw, Pole-vault, Polend.
Portugal - Portugo, Departugal, Abortugal.
Romania - Roamania, Bucharrest, (also see, Remain-ia)
Slovakia - Forsakia, Slovacate. 
Slovenia - Govenia, Sleavenia. 
Spain - Spexit, Españope, Madriddance, Spalida.
Sweden - Swedesert, Sweparture, Swedone, Swexit. 

Calexit (the splitting of California)
Canadexit (people fleeing to Canada to escape Trump or Brexit)
Clexit (withdrawal from climate change agreements)
Kexit (Kurdistan's exit from Iraq)
Rexit (Rex Tillerson's departure from the State Department)
USA American Brexit (i.e. Donald Trump)
Waxit (Western Australia's exit from the Commonwealth of Australia)

Film, TV and Song Versions
(Credit for some of these goes to the wonderful Facebook Group, 'I'm sorry I haven't a clue appreciation society.')

Brexit is as Brexit does
My Big Fat Greek Brexit
No Sleep Till Brexit
Last Exit to Brexit
Seven Brides for Seven Brexits 
Truly, Madly, Brexit
Brexit Actually
Minority Brexit
The Neverending Brexit
I, Brexit
A Brexit Too Far
Brexit Day
I'm Sorry I Haven't a Brexit
The Seven Year Brexit
Crazy Little Thing Called Brexit
House of the Rising Brexit
Gone With the Brexit
Deep Brexit
Now That's What I Call Brexit!
Brexit at Tiffany's
No Brexit No Cry
Show Me The Way to Brexit
A Hard Day's Brexit
The Nightmare Before Brexit
Debbie Does Brexit
The Incredible Brexit
There Once Was an Ugly Brexit
Billion Dollar Brexit
You Got Brexit!
Brexit, Minister
1001 Things to do Before you Brexit
A Tale of Two Brexits (It was the best of Brexit, it was the worst of Brexit...)
Much Ado About Brexit
The Brexit Chronicles 
The Man From Brexit
Full Metal Brexit

00Brexit (see here for a piece discussing Bond, Brexit and Trump)

A View to a Brexit
Brexit and Let Brexit
Brexit Another Day
Brexit Never Dies
Licence to Brexit
The Brexit is Not Enough
You only Brexit twice
Dr Brexit


Brian Bilston's '57 varieties of Brexit'

Updated 19 April 2019.