Taking back control? Brexit and the territorial constitution of the United Kingdom

  title={Taking back control? Brexit and the territorial constitution of the United Kingdom},
  author={Michael Keating},
  journal={Journal of European Public Policy},
  pages={491 - 509}
  • M. Keating
  • Published 25 April 2018
  • Law
  • Journal of European Public Policy
ABSTRACT Brexit aimed to restore sovereignty to the United Kingdom. That rested on an interpretation of the UK as an internally integrated and externally bordered sovereign state. Another interpretation is that the UK is a plurinational union, in which the issue of sovereignty is contested. Devolution in 1999 left this issue in abeyance, while membership of the EU provided an external support system. Brexit removed this external support and resulting territorial tensions are exacerbated by the… 

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