Europe’s united future after Brexit: Brexit has not killed the European Union, rather it has eliminated the largest obstacle to EU consolidation
Political Science and International Affairs
School of Conflict Management, Peacebuilding and Development
Predictions that Brexit will precipitate the disintegration of the European Union (EU) have greatly overstated the prospect of such an event. Britain's centuries-long conflicted relationship with Europe and contemporary survey data – exhibiting marked differences between Britain and the rest of Europe with regard to Euroskepticism – suggest that Brexit is a sui generis event, unique to Britain, and is not a harbinger of things to come. Conversely, by triggering the departure of the EU's biggest obstacle to an ever deeper union, Brexit's most likely effect is to strengthen European integration and foster greater consolidation in the EU.
Global Change, Peace & Security
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
Collins, Stephen D., "Europe’s united future after Brexit: Brexit has not killed the European Union, rather it has eliminated the largest obstacle to EU consolidation" (2017). Faculty Publications. 4120.