The Politics and Economics of Brexit
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The Politics and Economics of Brexit

Edited by Annette Bongardt, Leila S. Talani and Francisco Torres

This interdisciplinary book examines Brexit from a political economy perspective, enriched by insights from scholars of political science, history and law. Shedding light on the key motivations for Brexit, this incisive book seeks to better understand what shapes the UK’s political and economic preferences and the fundamental causes and issues that have moulded its stance on the EU.
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Chapter 5: Globally alone: the UKs foreign policy after Brexit

Emidio Diodato and Serena Giusti


The chapter highlights the prospects for the UK’s foreign policy after Brexit. Leaving the EU will have dramatic implications for British foreign policy. The UK will lose all those paybacks deriving from being part of a collective polity such as the EU. While losing its influence in Europe, the UK seems to be trudging through international politics while seeking a global role. Such a new role is based on the revival of old narratives and their roots in the country’s history, including the controversial empire era. Relying on discourse analysis of official speeches on the UK and EU membership, and combining role theory and critical geopolitics, this chapter discusses Global Britain’s role, pointing out its vagueness and limits.

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