This Time it's Different:Legitimacy and the Limits of Differentiation after Brexit

Glencross, Andrew (2018). This Time it's Different:Legitimacy and the Limits of Differentiation after Brexit. Political Quarterly, 89 (3), pp. 490-496.

Abstract

British political debate since the EU referendum has hinged on what type of Brexit to pursue: hard or soft. Yet, unlike in instances of treaty rejection, the EU made no counter offer to avoid a breakdown in relations that would follow the hardest of exits. This remarkable unity in not discounting the possibility of a hard Brexit demonstrates that UK withdrawal is very distinct from previous wrangles over EU reform. Drawing on the work of Kissinger, this article argues Brexit is a revolutionary act that denies the legitimacy of the EU order. Hence this process does not conform to other episodes of differentiation. When Westminster sought opt-outs, it did not reject the core principles of integration. By not seeking to oppose a hard Brexit, Brussels has forced the UK government to find a new legitimizing principle to govern EU-UK relations, transferring the burden of adjustment to London.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-923X.12525
Divisions: Languages & Social Sciences
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Languages & Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations research group
Languages & Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations
Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Glencross, A. (2018), This Time it's Different: Legitimacy and the Limits of Differentiation after Brexit. The Political Quarterly, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-923X.12525.  This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Hard Brexit,legitimacy,Article 50,Kissinger,referendum,Political Science and International Relations
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Accepted Date: 2018-05-12
Published Online Date: 2018-06-07
Authors: Glencross, Andrew ( 0000-0001-8320-9181)

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