Re-locating Identity Politics in the UK in a Post-Brexit Era

Sertan Akbaba

Abstract


The United Kingdom, starting from its membership date, has been identified as the ‘reluctant European’. From its first days of membership up to the referendum held in 2016, the UK has always been sceptic about the European integration. As a result the Brits have chosen to stay out of the European project in a referendum. However, immediately after the referendum, internal debates on how the regions will react have come to debate in the UK. At this point, the purpose of this study is to analyze how London will settle its relations with its regions (e.g. Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland), and how devolution will shape after Brexit. Retrieving of state power will certainly trigger popular movements (Welsh, Irish, and Scottish) and this pushes the need to question of how identities can be positioned in the UK after Brexit, as this study argues that the issue of identity will become essential in British politics and therefore the future of the UK, as a multinational state requires deep evaluation.

Keywords: Brexit, United Kingdom, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland


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