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dc.contributor.authorGlencross, Andrew-
dc.description.abstractThis article scrutinizes the merits of holding a referendum over UK membership of the EU. It queries the assumption that direct democracy can somehow resolve the longstanding Europe question in British politics. To do this, the analysis traces the existence of an exceptionalist approach to the EU within Britain, now associated with re-negotiating UK membership in the shadow of a referendum. The article argues that the prospects for a radical reconfiguration of the UK's treaty obligations are slim, thereby increasing the risk of a vote to withdraw. Yet withdrawal would be the opposite of a simple solution to the Europe question. Political and economic interests dictate lengthy politicking over a highly complex post-Brexit settlement revisiting free movement of goods, services, capital, and people. Such negotiations undermine any mooted cathartic benefits of a popular vote, while Eurosceptics will remain dissatisfied in the event of a yes, a result likely to further destabilize the Conservative Party. Consequently, the simplicity and decisiveness that a referendum - particularly one that spurns the EU - promises is merely a mirage as relations with the EU necessarily form part of an enduring British political conversation.en_UK
dc.relationGlencross A (2015) Why a British referendum on EU membership will not solve the Europe Question, International Affairs, 91 (2), pp. 303-317.-
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dc.subjectEuropean Unionen_UK
dc.subjectUnited Kingdomen_UK
dc.titleWhy a British referendum on EU membership will not solve the Europe Questionen_UK
dc.typeJournal Articleen_UK
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dc.citation.jtitleInternational Affairs-
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