The Desire to Restore State Sovereignty in the European Union: Brexit As Case Study

DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.1323078

  • Eva Gomez Marcos Queensland University Australia
Keywords: Sovereignty, European Union, Brexit


This essay will argue that the intrusion of the EU into the state’s elements has resulted in political and social turmoil. As it is being played out in the context of Brexit, it has become clear that the desire to restore state sovereignty, goes hand in hand with expressions of nationalism, Euroscepticism and xenophobia. This paper is of high significance as it presents a novel approach to analysing the European crisis and Brexit from the perspective of linking the desire to restore sovereignty and the impact of supranational organisations on the defining elements of a state, in particular, borders and population.


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