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Origins and Consequences of European Crises: Global Views on Brexit


Edited By Birte Wassenberg and Noriko Suzuki

Almost sixty years after the signature of the Treaty of Rome in 1957 creating the European Community), a Member-State, the United Kingdom, has for the first time in history decided to leave the European Union. The "yes" to leave vote during the British referendum on 26 June 2016 led to the use of Article 50 of the EU Treaty triggering off a long period of negotiations between the UK and the EU, which was overshadowed by a permanent struggle between the options of a "deal" or a "no-deal". The Withdrawal Agreement was finally signed on 24 January 2020 and Brexit actually took place on 31 January 2020 – more than three and a half years after the referendum. It is not surprising that a lot of analyses have been put forward to explain the British electoral result, mainly from the perspective of political sociology. However, there has been less research so far on the deeper roots of Brexit as a historical and political process and its development from the start of the referendum campaign until the end of the negotiations between the UK and the EU, nor on its possible social, economic, legal and (geo)political consequences.

In order to examine the origins and consequences of Brexit, this publication develops two original perspectives. On the one hand, it has taken a pluridisciplinary approach comparing the point of views of sociologists, political scientists, legal experts and historians. On the other hand, it has adopted a global approach by comparing the analyses of Japanese, Canadian, American and European researchers. These "Global Views on Brexit" regroup the contributions to an international Conference on "The Consequences of Brexit" organised on 6-7 December 2018 in Strasbourg, in the framework of the Jean Monnet project on Crises in European Border Regions supported by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union (EU) for the period from 2018-2020.

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Stephanie Barczewski is Carol K. Brown Scholar in the Humanities and Professor of History at Clemson University. She is the author of five books, the most recent of which is Heroic Failure and the British (Yale University Press, 2016). Her current research projects include an exploration of Englishness and the country house and of the invocations of British history in the Brexit campaign.

Frédérique Berrod is Professor of Public Law at Sciences Po at the University of Strasbourg. Frédérique Berrod is teaching EU Law from an institutional and material perspective. She is also teaching EU Energy Law, EU health policy and the EU model of borders in the European integration process. She is invited Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges and invited by the ENA for vocational training sessions. She is the director of a Master 2 Degree on “EU health products” at the Law Faculty of Strasbourg. She is elected at the Conseil d’administration of the University of Strasbourg. Her fields of research are EU Energy Law and health policy. She is currently developing research on borders within the Internal market and cross-border cooperation in the context of EU integration.

Aude Bouveresse is Ph.D. in Law (University of Strasbourg 2007); Referendaire at European Court of Justice (2007–2008); Lecturer at University of Strasbourg (2008–2012), Professor of Public law and European Law, (University of La Réunion and Strasbourg, (since 2013); Director of Research Laboratory of International and EU...

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