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The Unfinished Business of Brexit

  • Andrew Glencross
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in European Union Politics book series (PSEUP)

Abstract

This chapter examines the policy implications of Brexit. The UK faces the conundrum of whether to participate in the single market from outside the EU and how to continue as a single state. Because Scots did not vote to leave the EU, the Scottish government interprets the referendum as a mandate to pursue ways of retaining the benefits of EU membership. Yet reconfiguring relations with the EU is riddled with contradictions between motivation and outcome as something must give in the tug of war between single market participation and free movement of people. A similar dilemma is present in the Scottish nationalist project of quitting the UK, as resolving the outstanding currency question will create new dependencies.

Keywords

Brexit Scottish independence SNP Single market Free movement EEA 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrew Glencross
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  1. 1.Department of Politics and International RelationsAston University of StirlingBirminghamUnited Kingdom

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