Back to a sovereign future? Constitutional pluralism after Brexit

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Abstract / Description of output

To the extent that the UK's decision to withdraw from the EU can be interpreted as a reassertion of the classic ideas of Westphalian sovereign statehood, it questions the relevance of constitutional pluralism as a resolutely ‘post-sovereign’ model of relations between state administrations and their supranational counterparts. This contribution will therefore examine the usefulness and relevance of the idea of constitutional pluralism after Brexit. It looks at the various features and relationships affected by the Brexit process analysing the relevance of constitutional pluralism to each relationship pre- and post-Brexit, concluding that, whereas Brexit clearly affects the different relationships involved, constitutional pluralism can and will remain relevant to EU/UK relations as well as within the EU, well into the future.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41-58
Number of pages18
JournalThe Cambridge yearbook of European legal studies
Early online date4 Nov 2019
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2019

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Brexit
  • constitutional pluralism
  • sovereignty
  • post-sovereignty


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