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COVID-19 is a reminder of how deeply the UK’s food security is dependent on the EU

Heron, Tony (2020) COVID-19 is a reminder of how deeply the UK’s food security is dependent on the EU. LSE Brexit (21 May 2020). Blog Entry.

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Prior to and since the June 2016 referendum, the politics of Brexit has been accompanied by two recurrent (and seemingly contradictory) narratives: first, the narrative of Brexit as ‘taking back control’ for those voters ‘left behind’ by the twin forces of globalisation and multiculturalism; and second, the narrative of ‘Global Britain’ – that is, Brexit as an opportunity for the UK to reclaim its historical role as a champion of global free trade, unencumbered by the EU’s supposedly inward-looking, protectionist leanings. In this blog, Tony Heron explores some of the tensions and contradictions between these two themes through the prism of food and agriculture – arguably the sector most defined by EU membership – in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Simply put, what impact, if any, will the current crisis have on the political choices the government will be forced to confront in its trade negotiations with the EU and US.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
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Additional Information: © 2020 The Author
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
J Political Science > JZ International relations
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
Date Deposited: 09 Jun 2020 07:48
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2023 10:30

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