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

Gomez Arana, Arantza, Rowe, Jay, de Ruyter, Alex, Semmens-Wheeler, Rebecca and Hill, Kimberley (2019) Brexit: ‘Revolt’ against the ‘elites’ or Trojan horse for more deregulation? The Economic and Labour Relations Review, 30 (4). pp. 498-512. ISSN 1035-3046

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Abstract

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 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, with the 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. JEL Codes: F2, F53, F55, F66, K33.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Brexit, deregulation, European Union, immigration, inequality, market regulation, nationalism, neoliberalism, sovereignty
Subjects: L300 Sociology
L700 Human and Social Geography
L900 Others in Social studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Depositing User: Rachel Branson
Date Deposited: 19 Aug 2020 10:42
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2020 10:45
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/44131

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