Institute of International and European Affairs: Demystifying Brexit

Claire spoke to the IIEA in Dublin on 9 January, on the topic ‘Identifying the Sovereign Origins of Britain’s Withdrawal’. Claire argues that both inside and outside the UK, Brexit has been predominantly framed as a reactionary backlash, a rejection of the progressive values that many associate with the EU. In her address, she states that, despite immigration being an influential factor, the decision to leave the European Union was deeply rooted in a historical commitment to the sovereignty of the people, and a firm belief that politicians should not be able to ‘outsource accountability’.