Brexit, Post-Truth Politics and the Triumph of a Messy Vision of Democracy over Technocracy

C Joerges (ed), 'Brexit and Academic Citizenship', European University Institute Working Paper Series, No. 2016/20

C Joerges (ed), 'Brexit and Academic Citizenship', IHELG Monograph Series, No. 17-07

The Chinese University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 2016-31

10 Pages Posted: 17 Nov 2016 Last revised: 16 Mar 2017

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Sandra Marco Colino

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) - Faculty of Law; University of Glasgow, Faculty of Law & Financial Studies, School of Law, Students

Date Written: November 14, 2016

Abstract

On 23 June 2016, the people of the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union in a historic referendum. This paper is a reflection on the wider implications of the result, the adequacy of deciding such technical matters through direct democracy means, and the problems related to the disdain of technocracy and expert opinions in the era of post-truth politics. It stresses the need to value democracy by giving it a constructive meaning, and by protecting it from the populism and misinformation that can tarnish it. But the responsibility of the EU, it is argued, should not be ignored. Its institutions must strive towards greater engagement of the wider population in its benefits. In this sense, Brexit could be an opportunity to re-think the direction in which the European project is advancing. The author shares both her own personal experience as a Spaniard who lived and worked in the UK for 12 years, and her professional perspective as an expert on EU law and competition law.

Keywords: Brexit, United Kingdom, European Union, Democracy, Technocracy, Referendum, Antitrust, EU Law, Post-Truth Politics

JEL Classification: D70, K10, D81, N44, L82, K21

Suggested Citation

Marco Colino, Sandra, Brexit, Post-Truth Politics and the Triumph of a Messy Vision of Democracy over Technocracy (November 14, 2016). C Joerges (ed), 'Brexit and Academic Citizenship', European University Institute Working Paper Series, No. 2016/20; C Joerges (ed), 'Brexit and Academic Citizenship', IHELG Monograph Series, No. 17-07; The Chinese University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 2016-31. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2871027

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University of Glasgow, Faculty of Law & Financial Studies, School of Law, Students ( email )

Glasgow, Scotland
United Kingdom

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