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What will ‘taking back control’ mean for social policy in the UK? Brexit, public services and social rights

Stewart, Kitty, Cooper, Kerris and Shutes, Isabel (2020) What will ‘taking back control’ mean for social policy in the UK? Brexit, public services and social rights. Journal of European Social Policy. ISSN 1461-7269 (In Press)

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Abstract

While social policy falls predominantly under national rather than European Union (EU) jurisdiction, there are nonetheless multiple ways in which social policy and social outcomes in EU member states have been affected by EU membership. This paper draws on existing evidence and analysis to review the consequences for UK social policy of the decision to leave the EU. We focus predominantly on the implications of the British Government’s pledge to ‘take back control’ of money, borders and laws. Our conclusion is that Brexit is likely to have negative effects on the quality of public services and, for some groups in particular, social rights, and that these effects are likely to be greater the more distant the future trading and wider relationships between the UK and the EU27.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://journals.sagepub.com/home/esp
Divisions: Social Policy
Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2020 12:06
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2020 23:31
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/105183

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