1st Edition

Brexit Geographies

Edited By Mark Boyle, Ronan Paddison, Peter Shirlow Copyright 2020
    216 Pages
    by Routledge

    212 Pages
    by Routledge

    This comprehensive volume explores the political, social, economic and geographical implications of Brexit within the context of an already divided UK state. It demonstrates how support for Brexit not only sharpened differences within England and between the separate nations comprising the UK state, but also reflected how austerity politics, against which the referendum was conducted, impacted differently, with north and south, urban and rural becoming embroiled in the Leave vote. This book explores how, as the process of negotiating the secession of the UK from the EU was to demonstrate, the seemingly intractable problem of the Irish border and the need to maintain a ‘soft border’ provided a continuing obstacle to a smooth transition.

    The authors in this book also explore various other profound questions that have been raised by Brexit; questions of citizenship, of belonging, of the probable impacts of Brexit for key economic sectors, including agriculture, and its meaning for gender politics. The book also brings to the forefront how the UK was geographically imagined – a new lexicon of ‘left behind places’, ‘citizens of somewhere’ and ‘citizens of nowhere’ conjuring up new imaginations of the spaces and places making up the UK.

    This book draws out the wider implications of Brexit for a refashioned geography. It was originally published as a special issue of the journal Space and Polity.


    Mark Boyle, Ronan Paddison and Peter Shirlow

    1. Introducing ‘Brexit Geographies’: five provocations

    Mark Boyle, Ronan Paddison and Peter Shirlow

    2. Explaining ‘Brexit capital’: uneven development and the austerity state

    Gordon MacLeod and Martin Jones

    3. Post-geography worlds, new dominions, left behind regions, and ‘other’ places: unpacking some spatial imaginaries of the UK’s ‘Brexit’ debate

    Olivier Sykes

    4. Geographies of Brexit and its aftermath: voting in England at the 2016 referendum and the 2017 general election

    Ron Johnston, David Manley, Charles Pattie and Kelvyn Jones

    5. Brexit and new autochthonic politics of belonging

    Kathryn Cassidy, Perla Innocenti and Hans-Joachim Bürkner

    6. Women, equality and the UK’s EU referendum: locating the gender politics of Brexit in relation to the neoliberalising state

    Julie MacLeavy

    7. Irish enough: changing narratives of citizenship and national identity in the context of Brexit

    Patricia Burke Wood and Mary Gilmartin

    8. The pivotal position of the Irish border in the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union

    Katy Hayward

    9. Ireland’s borders, Brexit centre-stage: a commentary

    James Anderson

    10. ‘Present realities’ and the need for a ‘lived experience’ perspective in Brexit agri-food governance

    Damian Maye, Hannah Chiswell, Mauro Vigani and James Kirwan


    Mark Boyle is Director of the Heseltine Institute for Public Policy, Practice and Place at the University of Liverpool, UK.

    Ronan Paddison is Emeritus Professor of Geography at the University of Glasgow, UK.

    Peter Shirlow is Director of the Institute of Irish Studies at the University of Liverpool, UK.