Title

Europe’s united future after Brexit: Brexit has not killed the European Union, rather it has eliminated the largest obstacle to EU consolidation

Department

Political Science and International Affairs

Additional Department

School of Conflict Management, Peacebuilding and Development

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

10-11-2017

Abstract

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.

Journal

Global Change, Peace & Security

Journal ISSN

1478-1166

First Page

1

Last Page

6

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

10.1080/14781158.2017.1385597

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