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Britain Alone! The Implications and Consequences of United Kingdom Exit from the EU

Edited by Patrick J Birkinshaw, Andrea Biondi


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European Monographs Series Volume 96

The United Kingdom has been a member of the European Union for forty three years. Although EU membership has brought numerous indisputable benefits, anti-EU sentiment, simmering for decades, has now reached the point where an upcoming referendum could quite possibly lead to exit from the Union – an enormously topical issue dubbed ‘Brexit’.

This very timely book addresses the major concerns and uncertainties associated with this looming prospect. Outstanding scholars of British constitutional law and EU law discuss such factors as the impact of EU membership on the UK constitution and the perspectives of the UK’s constituent regions, along with numerous practical issues of economics and administration. Specific topics covered include:

  • the EU and the sovereignty debate;
  • the impact of Brexit in the devolved United Kingdom;
  • options available to the UK;
  • residence rights post-Brexit;
  • debates over the structure of the referendum;
  • existing and potential role of jurisprudence (domestic and EU);
  • environmental law;
  • negotiating treaties;
  • judicial protection;
  • Opt-outs;
  • EU criminal law;
  • labour rights;
  • equal protection;
  • human rights under the Charter of Fundamental Rights; and
  • financial and economic governance.

With Brexit becoming the largest single issue to affect the United Kingdom’s place in the world, this volume is certain to be widely read and referenced in the time before, during, and after the referendum. It will also remain of great value as social, political, and economic events unfold in the post-referendum United Kingdom.

Last Updated 01/27/2016
Update Frequency As Needed
Product Line Kluwer Law International
ISBN 9789041158321
SKU 10058872-0001
Table of Contents




Introduction Patrick Birkinshaw & Andrea Biondi.

Part I Constitutional Issues

CHAPTER 1 Britain Alone Constitutionally: Brexit and Restitutio in Integrum Patrick Birkinshaw & Mike Varney.

CHAPTER 2 A Tale of Two Referendums: Scotland, the UK and Europe Stephen Tierney & Katie Boyle.

CHAPTER 3 ‘Britain Alone’: A View from Northern Ireland Gordon Anthony.

CHAPTER 4 ‘Brexit’ and Welsh Devolution: The Likely Impact Mike Varney.

CHAPTER 5 Responsibility, Voice and Exit: Britain Alone? Paul Craig.

Part II Managing Alone?

CHAPTER 6 Which Options would Be Available for the United Kingdom in the Case of a Withdrawal from the EU? Jean-Claude Piris.

CHAPTER 7 The UK and the World: Environmental Law Ioanna Hadjiyianni.

CHAPTER 8 The EU’S External Relations: A Question of Competence Daniel Denman.

CHAPTER 9 Judicial Protection and the UK’s Opt-Outs: Is Britain Alone in the CJEU? Maria Kendrick.

CHAPTER 10 Criminal Law John R. Spencer.

CHAPTER 11 From EU Citizens to Third-Country Nationals: The Legacy of Polydor Marja-Liisa Öberg.

CHAPTER 12 Britain Alone! The Implications and Consequences of United Kingdom Exit from the European Union: Social Policies Aileen McColgan.

CHAPTER 13 The Death of Social Europe Keith D. Ewing.

CHAPTER 14 The United Kingdom without the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union: Putting Down the Dog That Did Not Bark? Kieron Beal QC.

CHAPTER 15 State Aid Control, Government Spending and the Virtue of Loyalty Andrea Biondi.

CHAPTER 16 Differentiated Integration and the Single Supervisory Mechanism: Which Way Forward for the European Banking Authority? Pierre Schammo.


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