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The Great British RebootHow the UK Can Thrive in a Turbulent World$
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Alex Brummer

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780300243499

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300243499.001.0001

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Onwards and Upwards

Onwards and Upwards

(p.305) Chapter Eleven Onwards and Upwards
The Great British Reboot

Alex Brummer

Yale University Press

This chapter recounts how Britain voted to leave the EU in June 2016, in which very few people envisaged the long timescale involved in navigating its departure. It cites the paralysis of national decision-making and the scale and the passion on both sides that were not anticipated during the battle to reverse the result of the referendum. It also talks about the December 2019 election that brought Boris Johnson back to Downing Street, which should have allowed a line to be drawn under uncertainty and signalled the start of a healing process. The chapter analyses the Brexit disarray on all sides of the political and economic divide that became less relevant as a second referendum had been blocked. It highlights interventions of the UK government to put the economy on hold or in hibernation, so that when the pandemic has passed the economy can be brought back to life.

Keywords:   national decision-making, second referendum, Boris Johnson, Brexit disarray, pandemic

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