The surprise decision expressed by the British people in the referendum held in June 2016 to leave the European Union was remarkable. It also presents a "natural experiment" where the exposure of a society to an extraordinary event allows scholars to observe, in real time in the real world, the interaction of variables.

The Routledge Handbook of the Politics of Brexit takes stock of what we know in the social science community about the Brexit phenomenon so far and looks to make sense of this remarkable process as it unfolds. The book asks simple questions across a range of areas and topics so as to frame the debate into a number of navigable "subdiscussions", providing structure and form to what is an evolving and potentially inchoate topic. As such, it provides a systematic account of the background for, the content of, and the possible implications of Brexit.

The handbook therefore does not examine in detail the minutiae of Brexit as it unfolds on a day-to-day basis but raises its sights to consider both the broad contextual factors that shape and are shaped by Brexit and the deeper sources and implications of the British exit from the European Union. Importantly, as interest in Brexit reaches far beyond the shores of the United Kingdom, so an international team of contributors examines and reveals the global implications and the external face of Brexit.

The Routledge Handbook of the Politics of Brexit will be essential reading and an authoritative reference for scholars, students, researchers and practitioners involved in and actively concerned about research on Brexit, British politics, European Union politics, and comparative politics and international relations.

chapter 1|11 pages


ByPatrick Diamond, Peter Nedergaard, Ben Rosamond

part I|181 pages

Brexit from the inside

chapter 2|12 pages

Brexit and the State of the United Kingdom

ByDaniel Wincott

chapter 3|13 pages

Brexit and the Irish Case

ByMary C. Murphy

chapter 4|9 pages

Brexit and Scotland

ByMichael Keating

chapter 5|17 pages

Brexit and the City of London

The revenge of the ultraliberals?
ByLeila Simona Talani

chapter 6|14 pages

Brexit and the Future Model of British Capitalism

ByAndrew Baker, Scott Lavery

chapter 7|12 pages

Brexit and British Trade Policy

ByJed Odermatt

chapter 8|11 pages

Brexit and Agriculture

ByWyn Grant

chapter 9|15 pages

Brexit and Higher Education and Research

ByAnne Corbett, Claire Gordon

chapter 10|16 pages

Brexit, ‘Immigration’ and Anti-Discrimination

ByAdrian Favell, Roxana Barbulescu

chapter 11|13 pages

Brexit and British Exceptionalism

ByPeter Nedergaard, Maja Friis Henriksen

chapter 12|10 pages

Brexit and English Identity

ByBen Wellings

chapter 13|10 pages

Brexit and the Conservative Party

ByRichard Hayton

chapter 14|12 pages

Brexit and the Labour Party

Euro-caution vs. Euro-fanaticism? The Labour party’s ‘constructive ambiguity’ on Brexit and the European Union
ByPatrick Diamond

chapter 15|15 pages

The (Anti-)Politics of Brexit

ByMatthew Flinders

part II|103 pages

Brexit from the outside

chapter 16|11 pages

Brexit and the Commonwealth

Fantasy meets reality
ByPeg Murray-Evans

chapter 17|15 pages

Brexit and Britain’s Role in the World

ByOliver Daddow

chapter 18|10 pages

Brexit and the EU as an International Actor

ByHenrik Larsen

chapter 19|11 pages

Brexit and European Defence

Why more defence does not equal more integration
ByMikkel Vedby Rasmussen

chapter 20|10 pages

Brexit and EU Financial Regulation

ByLucia Quaglia

chapter 21|12 pages

Brexit and the European Union

Hanging in the balance?
ByMads Dagnis Jensen, Holly Snaith

chapter 22|12 pages

Brexit and Small States in Europe

Hedging, hiding or seeking shelter?
ByAnders Wivel, Baldur Thorhallsson

chapter 23|12 pages

Brexit and the EU’s Affiliated Non-Members

ByJohn Erik Fossum

chapter 24|8 pages

Brexit and the Future of EU Theory

ByChristian Lequesne