Volatility, Realignment, and Electoral Shocks: Brexit and the UK General Election of 2019

Edward Fieldhouse, Geoffrey Evans, Jane Green, Jonathan Mellon, Christopher Prosser, Jack Bailey

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The 2019 UK General Election had seismic consequences for British politics. After three years of political turmoil following the 2016 referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union (EU), the 2019 election marked a victory for the Leave side of the Brexit debate, putting to rest questions of a second referendum and any chance of Parliament blocking the Withdrawal Bill. The United Kingdom left the EU on January 31, 2020. Although there were clear consequences for Britain’s EU membership, there is debate about whether 2019 was a “Brexit election” (Prosser 2020)—even a critical election (Green 2021)—or the continuation of long-term realignments in British politics (Cutts et al. 2020; Jennings and Stoker 2017). By most accounts, Brexit dominated the 2019 election as a political issue, but whether this represents a key moment in a process of realignment of voters in Britain remains to be seen.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)537-545
Number of pages9
JournalPS: Political Science & Politics
Issue number4
Early online date10 Aug 2023
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2023

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