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What about Wales? Brexit and the future of the UK

Wyn Jones, Richard Wyn and Larner, Jac 2021. What about Wales? Brexit and the future of the UK. Discover Society 1 (2) , 4. 10.51428/dsoc.2021.02.0004

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Abstract

Since the results of the 2016 referendum on the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union were declared, the fact that a narrow majority of the Welsh electorate voted alongside a similarly narrow majority of English voters to Leave (Table 1) seems to have provided succour to those who would reject the notion that Brexit was driven by English nationalism. Now that detailed statistical analysis has confirmed that English national sentiment was indeed very strongly aligned with Eurosceptic sentiment (see Henderson et al. 2017, 2020; Henderson and Wyn Jones 2021), this view is no longer tenable. English nationalism clearly was one of the key drivers of Brexit. This, however, leaves open the question: what about Wales? How do we explain the Brexit result in Wales? Moreover, in a context in which Brexit is clearly acting as a major centrifugal force within the UK, leading to renewed calls for Scottish independence and Irish unity, what is its impact of Brexit on Wales’ relationship with the Union?

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Law
Publisher: Social Research Publications
Funders: ESRC
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 13 July 2021
Date of Acceptance: 1 June 2021
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2021 13:27
URI: https://orca.cardiff.ac.uk/id/eprint/142471

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