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Brexit : towards a neoliberal real utopia ?

Abstract : Although Brexit is sometimes regarded on the left as an opportunity to move away from neoliberalism, most notably by facilitating the renationalisation of public services, it is regarded by many on the right of the British Conservative Party as a significant opportunity to lead the way in market deregulation, pushing the UK towards a neoliberal real utopia – a free market ideal with real practical consequences. This paper seeks to outline the contours of that real utopia before highlighting the political obstacles that stand in its way. Yet, whilst the realisation of a post-Brexit real utopia may be regarded as nothing but a dream, ‘actually existing neoliberalism’ is likely to survive intact as the economic uncertainties of Brexit place corporate power in a particularly strong bargaining position.
Keywords : Brexit neolibelarism
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Emma Bell. Brexit : towards a neoliberal real utopia ?. Observatoire de la société britannique, La Garde : UFR Lettres et sciences humaines, Université du Sud Toulon Var, 2019, L'économie britannique et le Brexit, 1 (24), pp.45-66. ⟨10.4000/osb.3196⟩. ⟨hal-02550560⟩

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