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Rebordering Britain & Britons after Brexit

Turkey, the European Union and Brexit


The causes of the Brexit referendum result go beyond the usual Eurosceptic tendencies in British politics. High migration levels, economic austerity and the fractured nature of the UK Labour Party also played a part. The consequences will be to diminish European security cooperation and undermine EU efforts to tackle economic issues and migration. However, Brexit will not directly affect Turkish accession because of the highly illiberal nature of the current Turkish government. Ironically, in the short term, Turkey could benefit from Brexit and EU disarray as it holds the key to stop migration across the Aegean. Ultimately however this will weaken the EU's liberal-democratic identity arguably to the benefit of no one.

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