Brexit: ‘Revolt’ against the ‘elites’ or Trojan horse for more deregulation?

Gomez Arana, A. and Rowe, J. and de Ruyter, A. and Semmens-Wheeler, R. (2019) Brexit: ‘Revolt’ against the ‘elites’ or Trojan horse for more deregulation? Brexit: ‘Revolt’ against the ‘elites’ or Trojan horse for more deregulation?. ISSN 1035-3046

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This article explores the UK vote in 2016 to exit the European Union, colloquially known as ‘Brexit’. Brexit has been portrayed as a British backlash against globalisation and a desire for a reassertion of sovereignty by the UK as a nation-state. In this context, a vote to leave the EU (European Union) has been regarded by its protagonists as a vote to ‘take back control’ to ‘make our own laws’ and ‘let in [only] who we want’. We take a particular interest in the stance of key ‘Brexiteers’ in the UK towards regulation; for example of the labour market. The article commences by assessing the notion of Brexit as a means to secure further market liberalisation. This analysis is then followed by an account of migration as a key issue, the withdrawal process and likely future trajectory of Brexit. We argue that in contrast to the expectations of those who voted Leave in 2016, the UK as a mid-sized open economy will be a rule-taker and will either remain in the European regulatory orbit, or otherwise drift into the American one.

Item Type: Article
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17 September 2019Accepted
14 October 2019Published Online
1 December 2019Published
Subjects: CAH15 - social sciences > CAH15-02 - economics > CAH15-02-01 - economics
CAH15 - social sciences > CAH15-03 - politics > CAH15-03-01 - politics
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences > Dept. Criminology and Sociology
Depositing User: Arantza Gomez Arana
Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2019 07:10
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2022 13:37

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