Brexit means exit, but what exactly will we be leaving behind?
Entry into the European Community in 1973 was a momentous event – one which had seismic effects on the politics and constitution of Britain. Brexit, while equally as momentous, has almost wholly been confined to discussions of economic consequence. But what will happen to the constitution? Beyond Brexit looks for the first time at the impact of Brexit and the constitutional consequences of Britain's EU membership, raising the question of just how the United Kingdom is to be preserved.
In this book, Vernon Bogdanor explores the ever-changing relationship between Britain and the European Union from the original concept of European unity to 21st century Euroscepticism, the fundamental problems confronting Britain on its exit from the European Union, and argues that Brexit is the start of new beginnings – heralding a peaceful constitutional moment.
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Table of Contents
1 Britain and Europe: The Poisoned Chalice 1
2 Europe and the Sovereignty of Parliament 51
3 Europe and the Referendum 87
4 Europe and the Collective Responsibility of Ministers 113
5 Europe and the Rights of the Citizen 135
6 Brexit and Devolution: The Future of the United Kingdom 169
7 Brexit: A Constitutional Moment? 257