In Maggie’s Name? Examining Brexit in Historical Perspective

Author/s Domenico Maria Bruni
Publishing Year 2024 Issue 2023/2-3 Language Italian
Pages 32 P. 365-396 File size 411 KB
DOI 10.3280/MON2023-002014
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This essay aims at assessing to what extent Brexit can be seen as a le-gacy of Thatcherism. The first section will explain what is Margaret Thatcher’s peculiar place in the very heterogeneous phenomenon of Brit-ish Euroscepticism. The second section will analyse the leaderships com-position of the main pro-Brexit groups, in order to assess if their political histories as well as their motivations to sustain Brexit can be described as Thatcherite. By drawing data from the many post-vote analysis, the third section will discuss the geographical distribution of the Brexiteer voters as well as the socio-economic contexts in which they prevailed. This will al-low to assess if and to what extent Brexiteer voters can be considered as Thatcherite. Finally, the fourth section will assess if and to what extent Brexiteers motivations can be labelled as Thatcherite. All this will allow to fully assess the correct historical perspective from which to read the Brexit phenomenon.

Keywords: Brexit, Margaret Thatcher, British Conservative Party, Euroscepticism, Populism, UK and European Integration

Domenico Maria Bruni, Nel nome di Maggie? Per un’analisi della Brexit in prospettiva storica in "MONDO CONTEMPORANEO" 2-3/2023, pp 365-396, DOI: 10.3280/MON2023-002014