Europe after Brexit: new opportunities for democratic politics?

Lille, France

9-10 November 2017

This conference will examine the political implications of Brexit for Europe. Brexit has already generated copious amounts of debate, but much of this has been focused on the UK and on the economic consequences of Britain's impending departure from the EU. What we aim to do here is to shift the focus to the political consequences for the rest of Europe. Some have suggested that Brexit poses significant political risks, such as the rise of populism and the weakening of the EU. Others have said that Brexit in fact creates an opportunity, to relaunch and redirect integration in the absence of the long-time "awkward partner". 

We welcome proposals for papers which will explore post-Brexit politics from a number of perspectives, and will be exploring publication opportunities following the conference. While the disciplinary focus will be primarily that of politics and international relations, we are happy to consider proposals from other disciplines such as law, economics and sociology. In particular, we are interested in developing four areas of analysis:

  • The Implications of Brexit for individual member-states. We hope to attract papers discussing a wide range of EU states, from west and east, north and south, rich and poor, and also from non-EU states. This can include analyses of groups of states, and analyses of sub-national regions, particularly those bordering Britain.

  • The implications for the European Union; for instance how Brexit might affect the main EU institutions, or how it impacts on the perceived democratic deficit, or what it means for theoretical understandings of the integration process.

  • The implications for overarching issues of comparative political analysis; for example the challenge of populism, or the efficacy of referendums as a decision-making tool, and especially the consequences for contemporary democracy.

  • The implications from the perspective of comparative policies; such as the possible impact of Brexit in areas like migration policy or security or trade policy, or the relationship between integration and globalisation.

    Please send abstracts of between 150 and 300 words in word format, a maximum of five keywords, and a biography of 150 words including name, title, institutional affiliation, and contact information to We will operate a rolling deadline system for considering submissions, with a first date of 30 July.

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