Butler co-edits ‘Brexit’ debate in Journal of European Public Policy – University of Copenhagen

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06 May 2016

Butler co-edits ‘Brexit’ debate in Journal of European Public Policy

At the Faculty of Law’s Centre for Comparative and European Constitutional Studies, PhD Fellow Graham Butler has co-edited a new special debate section in the Journal of European Public Policy.

Along with Mads Dagnis Jensen, Associate Professor, Roskilde University, and Holly Snaith, Assistant Professor, Centre for European Politics, University of Copenhagen, the three editors, Butler, Jensen, and Snaith, have together edited a new collection of articles titled, ‘British Exit from the EU: Legal and Political Implications’. In the Journal of European Public Policy, focusing on both the legal and political science approach to ‘Brexit’, the articles have been published in light of the forthcoming British referendum in June 2016 on whether to remain in, or leave the European Union.

With contributions from Graham Butler, Mads Dagnis Jensen, and Holly Snaith (‘Slow change may pull us apart’: debating a British exit from the European Union), Paul James Cardwell from the University of Sheffield (The “hokey cokey” approach to EU membership: legal options for the UK and EU), Adam Łazowski from the University of Westminster (Unilateral withdrawal from the EU: realistic scenario or a folly?), Daniela Annette Kroll and Dirk Leuffen of the University of Konstanz (Ties that bind, can also strangle: the Brexit threat and the hardships of reforming the EU), Mads Dagnis Jensen and Holly Snaith of Roskilde University and University of Copenhagen (When politics prevails: the political economy of a Brexit), and Tim Oliver of the London School of Economics and Political Science (European and international views of Brexit), the debate between the articles is the outcome of a symposium held at the University of Copenhagen in April 2015, with support from European Research at the University of Copenhagen (EURECO).

Brexit is a scenario that will have implications for the political, legal and economic aspects of both the Member State in question, and the Union itself as a whole. Beyond the immediate case of the forthcoming British referendum in June 2016 on whether to remain or leave the EU, the debate casts analysis upon issues that may arise in future scenarios, such as (re)negotiation of membership or a ‘new settlement’, referendums, the broader implications of a shrinking Union, and challenges for the broadening levels of uncertainty. Each article delivers sharp contributions on different perspectives of a Brexit, and wider issues of differentiated integration in Europe.

For more on Graham Butler’s research, see his profile at the Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen here.