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Making Sense of Brexit

Wilson, G (2019) Making Sense of Brexit. Revista General de Derecho Publico Comparado, 2019 (25). ISSN 1988-5091

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In June 2016, the UK voted in a referendum by a 52%-48% margin to leave the European Union. Ever since, the process for the UK’s withdrawal from the EU has dominated political debates. It is quite clear that the issue of “Brexit” has divided the UK’s population, parliament, political parties and the government itself. While the UK has yet to leave the EU, it is nonetheless possible to make a number of observations on the factors resulting in the outcome of the 2016 referendum and developments since. This article seeks to place Brexit within its broader context. It attempts to make sense of the 2016 referendum vote and the subsequent withdrawal process by reference to a broader understanding of the UK’s constitutional framework and the longer term history of relations between the UK and EU, as well as considering the possible future implications of Brexit for the UK, the EU and the wider world. Although it remains unclear how the Brexit process will conclude, it is apparent that its effects will be significant and should prompt us to ask various questions pertaining to its causes, the merits of referendums, and the future of politics among other related issues.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Divisions: Law
Publisher: Instituto de Derecho Público
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2019 11:03
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 09:19
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/10816
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