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The Uncertain Fate of Britain

Denis MacShane



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Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
28 November 2019
Never in the lifetime of most British adults has there been such uncertainty about the future of the political and governing institutions of the state. Brexit has the potential to change everything - from the shape of government institutions, to the main political parties, from Britain's relationship with its near neighbour Ireland to its international trading. The idealists of the Leave campaign won their vote in 2016. But now the realists are gently taking over. Here, Denis MacShane explains how the Brexit process will be long and full of difficulties - arguing that a 'Brexiternity' of negotiations and internal political wrangling in Britain lies ahead.
By:   Denis MacShane
Imprint:   Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 138mm, 
Weight:   334g
ISBN:   9781838601324
ISBN 10:   1838601325
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   28 November 2019
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Denis MacShane was a Labour MP serving in Tony Blair's government as Minister for Europe. He was first elected as MP for Rotherham in 1994 and served until his resignation in 2012. MacShane studied at Oxford and London universities and is a prominent commentator on European issues.

Reviews for Brexiternity: The Uncertain Fate of Britain

Brexiternity is another title with foresight and flair. * Financial Times * Denis MacShane knows European politics better than most and he has been consistent in predicting and charting the course of Brexit ever since David Cameron announced the referendum in January 2013. His latest look forward to many years of dominating England's relations with Europe, with Ireland and Scotland. Unless new political leadership arises that cuts the Brexit Gordian knot we face a difficult Brexit decade which this book explains. * Polly Toynbee * It is unbelievable to me that a rational nation like Britain should embark on such a disastrous venture as Brexit, which puts at risk the economic and political links with Europe, the continent where our civilization was born and where our, and still the world's, biggest market is to be found. With the rise of Asia and the growing isolation of the United States it is imperative that we stay united in Europe and work for each other for the common good. Brexit in any form can only do serious damage to the British economy and to Europe, the store of national wealth and the public revenue that comes in from a growing economy. Dr Denis MacShane has written a book on the future impact of Brexit which policy makers would be well advised to read. * Sir Christopher Pissarides, Regius Professor of Economics, LSE and Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences * Leavers and Remainers alike will learn from this book as we face a decade in which Brexit will dominate our national life. * Jon Snow * Denis MacShane has spent much of his writing and political life engaging with European politics as well as a deep sense of the English politics that gave rise to Brexit. He is right to argue that we face years and years of Brexit issues in Britain but also in Ireland and the rest of Europe as well. This book spells out why Brexit will morph into a Brexiternity. * Brigid Laffan, Director, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies * Denis MacShane is a rare British politician who understands how the EU actually works. His book is a sombre warning about how Brexit will damage relations with Europe in the years ahead. * Radek Sikorski, former Foreign and Defence Minister of Poland * Denis MacShane is a former Europe Minister who spends time talking to European politicians and getting first-hand information by visiting EU capitals. Taking the British egg out of the EU omelette if it can ever be done will take years of negotiations - a Brexiternity indeed. * Pascal Lamy, former WTO Director-General, former Chief of Staff to Jacques Delors * I've just read Denis MacShane's excellent Brexiternity and strongly recommend it. * Professor Chris Grey *

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