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Brexit – Past, Present and Future: A special issue of Global Policy

The Global Policy Institute (Durham) and the UCL European Institute are collaborating on a special issue of Global Policy on "Brexit – Past, Present and Future."

Context and Programme

The process of the UK withdrawing from the European Union is proving very complex. It also shines a light on the constitutional and political ramifications of a member state separating from a union of this kind – be it for the role of parliaments, devolved administrations, or the courts. The exact nature of the UK’s future outside Union, as well as its relationship with it as a third country, remain subject to detailed discussion and heated speculation as the Brexit negotiations continue. In the light of this momentous political process, the Global Policy Institute (Durham) and the European Institute (UCL), would like to invite a number of internationally recognised authors from political science, history and law to contribute to a Special Issue of “Global Policy” dedicated to a multidisciplinary analysis of the past, present and future of Brexit.

Draft Table of Contents 


Wolfram Kaiser, Professor of European Studies, University of Portsmouth - Destined to Brexit? British Pathways to Membership in the European Communities 1945-73
Stephen Wall, Former British Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the EU 1995-2000 -Thatcher and the SEA
Robert Schütze, Professor of European and Global Law, Durham Law School Looking Back: Britain’s Place in the Union
Brigitte Leucht, Senior Lecturer in German and European Studies, University of Portsmouth - Creating the single market from below? British influences on the development of EC consumer policy


Adam Cygan, Professor of EU Law, Leicester Law School - Parliament in the Brexit Process: The People versus the Law
Roger Masterman, Professor of Constitutional Law, Durham Law School - Devolved Administrations and their Role in Brexit
Catherine BarnardProfessor of EU Law, University of Cambridge - The Brexit Negotiations: An Overview


Chris Bickerton, Reader in Modern European Politics, University of Cambridge - Intergovernmentalism/Euroscepticism after Brexit
Sionaidh Douglas-Scott, Anniversary Chair in Law, Queen Mary University of London - Brexit, Boundaries and the Power of Images
Maria Lee, Professor of Environmental Law and Policy, UCL - The Future of Environmental Governance
Piet Eeckhout, Professor of EU Law and Dean of UCL Faculty of Law - EU trade and Brexit

In addition to the articles, we will also commission texts from a number of Brexit “practitioners”, who were close to or well-informed observes of the negotiations, so as to allow for reflections from practice.

Draft Papers and Guidelines

We would suggest 1 September 2020 as a preliminary deadline for draft papers with the aim of publishing the special issue in early 2021. The standard GP research article is between 6,000-8,000 words. The Style Guide, Author Guidelines and the link to the online submission site can be found here: http://www.globalpolicyjournal.com/contribute.