Divided they fail: the politics of wedge issues and Brexit

  title={Divided they fail: the politics of wedge issues and Brexit},
  author={Tim Heinkelmann‐Wild and Lisa Kriegmair and Berthold. Rittberger and Bernhard Zangl},
  journal={Journal of European Public Policy},
  pages={723 - 741}
ABSTRACT This paper develops a theory of wedge issue politics in modern democracies. It argues that wedge issues are associated with a politics of intransigence which differs from the politics of concessions that typically comes with non-wedge issues. This theory explains why Prime Minister Theresa May opted for a divisive approach to secure ratification of her Brexit agreement in the House of Commons. Due to the intra-partisan division within the Conservative Party, the government had an… 

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