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A Litmus Test for Democratic Politics in Europe Parliaments, Brexit and the Future of the European Union

Edited By Julien Navarro Copyright 2023

    This book investigates how political actors - and more particularly members of parliaments - have reacted to Brexit to assess its long-term consequences. Brexit has not only been a major disruption affecting the functioning and internal balance of the European Union (EU), but to a very large extent, it also represents a challenge to the idea of an ‘ever closer union’ and to the democratic principles on which the EU has been built. Relying on empirical explorations of regional and national parliaments across the continent as well as the European Parliament, the chapters in this volume address three intertwined sets of questions regarding the evolution of democratic politics in Europe in the wake of Brexit.

    Firstly, how do citizens’ representatives assess the UK’s decision to withdraw from the EU and its consequences? Secondly, what is the impact of Brexit as regards the politicisation of the debate on Europe? Has Brexit exacerbated existing political divisions or generated new cleavages? Thirdly, and crucially, have parliaments attempted to and succeeded in influencing Brexit negotiations and their outcome? What positions did parliamentarians promote in these negotiations? What model for the future of the EU did they defend?

    The book is key reading for all students and researchers interested in Politics and International Relations, Elections, European Studies, and European Union Politics.

    This book was originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Contemporary European Studies.

    1. A disruptive moment? Parliaments, Brexit, and the future of European integration

    Julien Navarro

    2. Brexit and parliamentary sovereignty – the Europeanisation of the House of Commons and MPs’ rising role conflicts

    Anja Thomas

    3. Who's the Boss? An analysis of the vote on the 'European Union (Notice of Withdrawal) Bill' in the House of Commons

    Katrin Auel and Resul Umit

    4. Good news after all? Reactions to Brexit in national parliaments

    Francesco Marangoni and Julien Navarro

    5. Rally around the EU flag: Irish party positions on the EU in the wake of Brexit

    Rory Costello

    6. The politics of the Brexit debate abroad: an analysis of parliamentary questions on Brexit in Belgian parliaments

    Vivien Sierens and Nathalie Brack

    7. Brexit as a (de)politicized issue? Evidence from Czech and Slovak parliaments

    Petr Kaniok and Monika Brusenbauch Meislova

    8. From Brexit to Dexit? Alternative für Deutschland’s Euroscepticism on European debates in the Bundestag

    Martin Baloge

    9. In the spotlight, or behind the scenes? The European Parliament as an actor in Article 50 withdrawal negotiations

    Monika Brusenbauch Meislova


    Julien Navarro is Associate Professor of Political Science at the Université catholique de Lille (ETHICS EA 7446), France. His research focuses mainly on parliamentary democracy, elections, and European Union politics.