The Brexit Referendum and the Crisis of 'Extreme Centrism'

German Law Journal (2016) 17 (s). pp. 131-142

13 Pages Posted: 11 Dec 2017

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Michael A. Wilkinson

London School of Economics - Law Department

Date Written: July 1, 2016

Abstract

The result of the Brexit referendum sends shockwaves through the political fabric of the UK, Europe and beyond. It is the latest instance in a series of anti-systemic shocks to hit the EU, but will almost certainly not be the last, as discontent with the status quo and a disconnected elite continues unabated across the Continent (and is replicated across the Atlantic), and the European Union provides a convenient target for voters to express their anger and resentment. Although the crisis, as any other, opens up opportunity, it is more likely to be seized by right-wing nationalist parties.This, however, can no longer be dismissed as an unfortunate and contingent set of political turning points: it is intimately connected to the current trajectory of the Union itself.

Suggested Citation

Wilkinson, Michael A., The Brexit Referendum and the Crisis of 'Extreme Centrism' (July 1, 2016). German Law Journal (2016) 17 (s). pp. 131-142. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3083419

Michael A. Wilkinson (Contact Author)

London School of Economics - Law Department ( email )

Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE, WC2A 2AE
United Kingdom

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