The Left Case for Brexit Reflections on the Current Crisis

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2020-06-02
  • Publisher: Polity

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Liberal left orthodoxy holds that Brexit is a disastrous coup, orchestrated by the hard right and fuelled by xenophobia, which will break up the Union and turn what’s left of Britain into a neoliberal dystopia.

Richard Tuck’s ongoing commentary on the Brexit crisis demolishes this narrative. He argues that by opposing Brexit and throwing its lot in with a liberal constitutional order tailor-made for the interests of global capitalists, the Left has made a major error. It has tied itself into a framework designed to frustrate its own radical policies.  Brexit therefore actually represents a golden opportunity for socialists to implement the kind of economic agenda they have long since advocated. Sadly, however, many of them have lost faith in the kind of popular revolution that the majoritarian British constitution is peculiarly well-placed to deliver and have succumbed instead to defeatism and the cultural politics of virtue-signalling. Another approach is, however, still possible.

Combining brilliant contemporary political insights with a profound grasp of the ironies of modern history, this book is essential for anyone who wants a clear-sighted assessment of the momentous underlying issues brought to the surface by Brexit.

Author Biography

Richard Tuck is one of the world’s greatest historians of political thought, whose work on topics including Hobbes and natural rights theory is seminal. He is now Frank G. Thomson Professor of Government at Harvard University.

Table of Contents


16 April 2016

22 April 2016

16 May 2016

The Left Case for Brexit

9 June 2016

Brexit: A Prize in Reach for the Left

16 August 2017

6 November 2017

17 February 2018

28 February 2018

9 March 2018

11 April 2018

Why is Everyone So Hysterical About Brexit?

17 May 2018

How to Break up the Union

1 August 2018

The Surprising Benefits to Ireland of a No-Deal Brexit

16 January 2019

Deal or No Deal

23 January 2019

24 February 2019

Modest Proposals

3 June 2019

5 July 2019


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