Brexit and British Politics
December 2017, Polity
Brexit has changed everything - from our government, to our economy and principal trading relationship, to the organisation of our state. This watershed moment, which surprised most observers and mobilised previously apathetic sections of the electorate, is already transforming British politics in profound and lasting ways.
In this incisive book, leading analysts of UK and EU politics Geoffrey Evans and Anand Menon step back from the immediacy and hyperbole of the referendum to explain what happened on June 23rd 2016 and why. Brexit, they argue, was the product of both long-term dissatisfaction with the EU and a gradual breakdown in the relationship between parties and voters that spawned detachment, disinterest and disenchantment. Exploring its subsequent impact on the June 2017 General Election, they reveal the extent to which Brexit has shattered the contemporary equilibrium of British politics. These reverberations will continue to be felt for a very long time and could pose a real danger to the health of British democracy if the government fails to deliver on the promises linked to Brexit.
- Figures and Tables
- Preface: That Was a Year, That Was
- Chapter One: The Best of Enemies
- Chapter Two: Broken Politics
- Chapter Three: The Referendum
- Chapter Four: Voting to Leave
- Chapter Five: The Shaping of Things to Come
- Afterword: All Change: Brexit and British Politics
Anand Menon is Professor of European Politics and Foreign Affairs at King’s College London and Director of UK in a Changing Europe.
‘Amidst all the noise, the heat and the rage generated by Brexit here are some much needed facts, insights and analysis on what really led to Brexit and how it is changing our politics forever.’
Nick Robinson, Presenter, Today programme and former Political Editor at the BBC
‘Here is the thinking person's guide to Brexit... all the facts crunched so you don't have to, it is a trusty book to have close at hand in the years (yes, years) ahead. Tireless referees during the referendum, the authors were my valued sounding boards and, if not already, should be yours too.’
Allegra Stratton, National Editor of ITV News
'There is a need for a concise, well-written book that puts matters in perspective and sketches the impact on British politics and society. Brexit and British Politics, by Geoffrey Evans and Anand Menon, fits the bill.'
Tony Barber, Financial Times
'Nobody is better qualified than Geoff Evans and Anand Menon to provide a penetrating analysis of the UK?s truly historic decision to leave the EU. This book is bound to be a must–read for anyone seeking an incisive guide to Brexit and its aftermath."
Tim Bale, Professor of Politics at Queen Mary University of London and author of The Conservative Party from Thatcher to Cameron
"Geoffrey Evans and Anand Menon's authoritative text digs into the rebalancing of political values that lay behind the referendum."