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The ethics of brexit

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Politics of International Political Theory
Subtitle of host publicationReflections on the Works of Chris Brown
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9783319932781
ISBN (Print)9783319932774
Published1 Jan 2018

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The political and economic aspects of the 2016 Brexit decision by the UK have been widely discussed. Little discussed are the ethical questions it poses. A key question is: How should we, as participants in the global practices of international relations, evaluate Brexit from an ethical point of view? Does it uphold or undermine the core values implicit in the two major, contemporary global practices in which we all participate, the society of sovereign states and the global rights practice? This chapter explores a line of thinking developed by Chris Brown during an earlier phase of restructuring in Europe in an article which he entitled “The ethics of political restructuring in Europe: The perspective of constitutive theory.” Applying that approach shows Brexit to be ethically flawed.

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