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Migration Crisis and “Brexit”

Lookup NU author(s): Emeritus Professor William Outhwaite


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The issue of migration bridges the divide between short-term and long-term explanations of Brexit.Short-term explanations stress the drift toward a referendum in British politics, the opportunistic miscalculation by a playboy prime minister, and the manipulation of the referendum vote by a grotesquely biased press and some of the same conspiratorial forces which secured Trump’s election. Longer-term explanations point to historical differences between the UK and (the rest of) Europe; the fact that the UK escaped defeat and occupation in World War Two; the distinctive legal system shared by England, Wales, and Northern Ireland (though not Scotland); and the UK’s majoritarian political culture. This chapter discusses in a comparative context. the contribution of a migration crisis to the UK’s EU membership and constitutional crisis.

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Author(s): Outhwaite W

Editor(s): Cecilia Menjívar, Marie Ruiz, and Immanuel Ness

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: The Oxford Handbook of Migration Crises

Year: 2019

Pages: 1-19

Print publication date: 01/02/2019

Online publication date: 11/09/2018

Acceptance date: 01/01/2018

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Place Published: New York


DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190856908.013.7

Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

ISBN: 9780190856908