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Brexit: hatred, lies and UK democracy

Tyler, Colin


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Professor Colin Tyler
Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Business, Law and Politics, & Professor of Social and Political Thought


The article analyses the progress of the Brexit debate in the UK from the time that David Cameron announced in 2013 his intention to hold a referendum on the UK’s membership of the UK up until the calling of the 2019 UK General Election. It considers three dimensions of that that debate: the hatred, the lies, and the standing of UK democracy. It argues that while the first two dimensions have been particularly stark and disturbing, there are reasons to retain some faith in the UK’s democratic structures and public culture.


Tyler, C. (2019). Brexit: hatred, lies and UK democracy. Dialogi Polityczne = Political Dialogues, 27(27), 63-82.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Dec 1, 2019
Online Publication Date Dec 31, 2019
Publication Date Dec 31, 2019
Deposit Date Dec 3, 2019
Publicly Available Date Oct 27, 2022
Journal Dialogi Polityczne
Publisher Uniwersytet Mikolaja Kopernika/Nicolaus Copernicus University
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 27
Issue 27
Pages 63-82
Keywords Brexit; British politics; EU membership; democratic deficit; UK political culture
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