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Gender and Queer Perspectives on Brexit

  • Moira Dustin
  • Nuno Ferreira
  • Susan Millns
  • Explores the barely recognised gendered and queer dimensions of Brexit

  • Offers a multidisciplinary, policy-oriented and intersectional analysis of Brexit

  • Considers the possible risks and opportunities for women and queer communities in the UK and in Europe following Brexit


Part of the Gender and Politics book series (GAP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Setting the Context to Gender and Queer Perspectives on Brexit

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Moira Dustin, Nuno Ferreira, Susan Millns
      Pages 3-14
    3. Columba Achilleos-Sarll, Benjamin Martill
      Pages 15-44
    4. Aisha K. Gill, Nazneen Ahmed
      Pages 45-58
  3. The UK and the EU: What Future Ahead?

  4. Voices from UK Countries

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 303-303
    2. Yvonne Galligan
      Pages 363-385
  5. Looking Beyond the UK, Beyond the EU

About this book


This collection examines the opportunities and challenges, rights and wrongs, and prospects and risks of Brexit from the perspectives of gender and sexuality. While much has been written about Brexit from legal, political, social and economic perspectives, there has been little analysis of the effects of Brexit on women and gender/sexual minorities who have historically been marginalised and whose voices have been less audible in political debates – both nationally and at the European level. The collection explores how Brexit might change the equality, human rights and social justice landscape, but from the viewpoint of women and gender/sexual minorities. The contributions gathered in it demonstrate the variety of ways that Brexit will make a difference to the lives of women and individuals marginalised because of gender or sexual identity.


Brexit queer individuals European Union sexual minorities gender minorities toxic masculinity language associated with militarism language associated with deal-making black and minority ethnic (BME) women referendum campaign Brexit implications for women UN Committee on the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD) Civil Protection Orders critical race feminism anti-discrimination Common European Asylum System human rights gender identity gender recognition discrimination policy

Editors and affiliations

  • Moira Dustin
    • 1
  • Nuno Ferreira
    • 2
  • Susan Millns
    • 3
  1. 1.School of LawUniversity of SussexBrightonUK
  2. 2.School of LawUniversity of SussexBrightonUK
  3. 3.School of LawUniversity of SussexBrightonUK

About the editors

Moira Dustin is Research Fellow at the University of Sussex, UK. Her research focusses on gender, equality and refugee studies.

Nuno Ferreira is Professor of Law at the University of Sussex, UK. His research focusses on human rights, European law, children's rights and asylum and refugee law.

Susan Millns is Professor of Law at the University of Sussex, UK, and Visiting Professor at the University of Lille 2 and Université Paris Descartes, France. Her research focusses on European and comparative public law, constitutional law, human rights and feminist legal studies.

Bibliographic information


“Gender and Queer Perspectives on Brexit is a timely contribution to understanding the process and implications of Brexit … . the editors have created an important collection that tells a different story of the possible implications of Brexit. This volume contributes to the burgeoning literature that looks at the gendered process of Brexit and how this is situated within broader political processes in Europe and beyond.” (Toni Haastrup, LSE Review of Books,, October 29, 2019)“Dustin, Ferreira and Millns have pulled together a fascinating collection of works from an impressive range of scholars and activists. The importance of the book is not only that it highlights different perspectives on Brexit, but that these perspectives are coming from outside the usual areas of concern over Brexit.” (Professor Paul James Cardwell, Strathclyde University, UK)

“In the midst of extensive debate on Brexit, this collection broadens the conversation and it truly enriches our understanding. It shines genuinely new light on the potential ramifications for women and sexual and gender minorities. This book provides a sophisticated and reflective analysis of the longer-term consequences that can be expected to flow from Brexit.” (Professor Mark Bell, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland)

“While politicians and the media focus on trade and security, leaving the EU will have serious consequences for different intersectionally marginalised groups in the UK. The ramifications, all too often overlooked, for the most vulnerable in our society are discussed in depth in this thoughtful collection.” (Jean Lambert, Green MEP for London, UK)