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Britain's Global Chickens Coming Home to Roost?

The British political establishment has juggled to keep three balls in the air: an internationalised economy, international politics and internal cohesion. Every now and then a political party may drop one and trigger a national crisis. This time around it appears that all the three may have been dropped at the same time. National debt, war, austerity, falling wages and regional disparities were issues central to the leave or remain decisions. They were overtaken by one single issue: immigration.

Brexit is a multifaceted event. It signals deep divisions within the conservative Tory party in the neo-aristocratic democracy that is the United Kingdom (UK) (D’Souza 2016a). This article argues that Britain’s global chickens coming home to roost—four decades of liberalisation–privatisation–globalisation (LPG) reforms begun by Margaret Thatcher—now threaten to unravel the state.

Euroscepticism in Britain

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