Brexit and the territorial governance of the United Kingdom

Mullen, T. (2019) Brexit and the territorial governance of the United Kingdom. Contemporary Social Science, 14(2), pp. 276-293. (doi: 10.1080/21582041.2018.1563802)

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Brexit presents a major challenge to the territorial governance of the UK. Despite a major overhaul of territorial governance in 1999 when the current devolution schemes were created, and subsequent changes to those schemes, the territorial governance of the UK has not been stabilised. There remained a series of unresolved issues. Eventually, these issues would have to have been faced, but Brexit has not only forced them onto the agenda, it has done so in fraught political circumstances which make them harder to resolve. Brexit highlights already existing tensions in territorial governance, it also creates a new set of problems for the institutions and processes of territorial governance to deal with, including how to implement the changes that Brexit requires in the context of extensive devolution of power. This article, therefore, sets out the difficulties Brexit poses for territorial governance and considers the prospects for resolving them.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Mullen, Professor Tom
Authors: Mullen, T.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Law
Journal Name:Contemporary Social Science
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN (Online):2158-205X
Published Online:07 January 2019
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2019 Academy of Social Sciences
First Published:First published in Contemporary Social Science 14(2): 276-293
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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