Populism and Brexit

David Marsh

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This chapter explores the relationship between populism and the 2016 Brexit vote that resulted in the UK’s projected withdrawal from the European Union. It argues that the Brexit vote was the expression of an intense ‘anti-politics’ sentiment among significant parts of the UK electorate that itself reflects a rejection of the centralising tendencies of successive British governments. It also emphasises that the irony of the Brexit decision is that, in response, the current UK government has sought to re-centralise power, rather than de-centralising it, as many Brexit supporters would have preferred, so, in all probability, further alienating citizens and threatening UK democracy.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAuthoritarian Populism and Liberal Democracy
EditorsIvor Crewe, David Sanders
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9783030179977
ISBN (Print)9783030179960
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019

Publication series

NameAuthoritarian Populism and Liberal Democracy
PublisherSpringer Nature


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