The Politics of Brexit: European Free Movement of Labour and Labour Standards

Published in November 2017, a REMESO TheMES working paper addresses the contested topic of ‘The Politics of Brexit: European Free Movement of Labour and Labour Standards’. Based on an earlier presentation to the British Universities Industrial Relations Association 2017 annual conference, the working paper attempts to reassess the Brexit debate in the UK over immigration and free movement of labour in terms of the politics of austerity. It advances a progressive case for Brexit based on regaining national sovereignty to enable the effective defence of national labour standards outside of the neoliberal European project.

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