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The Law & Politics of Brexit

Federico Fabbrini


The decision by the people of the United Kingdom (UK) to vote in a referendum on 23 June 2016 to leave the European Union (EU) has produced shock-waves across Europe and the world. While the Treaty on European Union explicitly allows a Member State to withdraw from the Union, no country thus far had ever decided to secede from what is arguably the most successful experiment in regional integration in history. Brexit, therefore, calls into question consolidated assumptions on the finality of the EU, and simultaneously opens new challenges—not only in the institutional fabric of Europe, but also ... More

Keywords: Brexit, law, politics, referendum, United Kingdom, European Union, withdrawal, challenges

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Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198811763
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198811763.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Federico Fabbrini, editor
Professor of Law, School of Law & Government, Dublin City University

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1 Introduction

Federico Fabbrini

Part 1 Brexit: Politics, Process, and Prospects

2 The Political Mantra

Kalypso Nicolaïdis

Part 2 Brexit and Constitutional Change in Regional Perspective

6 Brexit and the Scottish Question

Sionaidh Douglas-Scott

7 Brexit and the Northern Ireland Question

John Doyle and Eileen Connolly

Part 3 Brexit and Constitutional Change in European Perspective

Part 4 Beyond Brexit: Relaunching the EU?

13 Brexit and EU Treaty Reform

Federico Fabbrini

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