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The Politics of Brexit: European Free Movement of Labour and Labour Standards
Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, REMESO - Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1933-3847
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Abstract [en]

This paper attempts to reassess the Brexit debate in the UK over immigration and free movement of labour in terms of the politics of austerity. It advances a progressive case for Brexit based on regaining national sovereignty to enable the effective defence of national labour standards outside of the neoliberal European project. The issue of labour standards is a cause that paradoxically the current Conservative administration has sought to champion, although on a highly contestable basis. In the UK general election of 2017, the Labour Party has significantly advanced its position on the basis of an anti-austerity program while the Conservative government has entered into a likely terminal crisis. It is argued that rejecting membership of the supranational European Union has the potential to advance labour rights further in an inclusive and non-xenophobic way.

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Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2017. , p. 43
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ThemES - Themes on Migration and Ethnic Studies, ISSN 1651-8306 ; 45
Keyword [en]
Brexit, free movement, labour standards, austerity, European Union, national sovereignty
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International Migration and Ethnic Relations Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-143202OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-143202DiVA, id: diva2:1159493
Available from: 2017-11-22 Created: 2017-11-22 Last updated: 2018-01-13Bibliographically approved

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