Is Britain Coupable? 27
X JEAIL 1 (2017)
Hyung Bok Chae
In a referendum on June 23, 2016: 51.9 percent of the British electorate voted in favor
of the UK’s withdrawal (Brexit) from the EU. The reasons are varied, and many were
surprised by such ‘unintended consequences.’ However, Britain is setting a new
global strategy to escape the regionalism of integrated Europe by choosing traditional
‘splendid isolation.’ Nonetheless, Britain could not immediately leave the EU; it must
of the Treaty on the European Union. In this process, strong opposition within British
society will pose great challenges, accompanying numerous other barriers to overcome.
Following the Supreme Court ruling on January 24, 2017, the UK government
recently completed the required parliamentary approval process before initiating Brexit
negotiations with the EU. This paper concludes that Britain is indeed coupable of
opting to return to nationalism based on sovereignty rather than peace, coexistence,
and solidarity in Europe.
Brexit, United Kingdom, Britain, European Union, Referendum
∗ Professor of Law at Kyungpook National University Law School, Korea. BSc./LL.M. (Keimyung Univ.), Ph.D.
(Aix-Marseille III). ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-1594-4229. He may be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org/
Address: Kyungpook Nat'l University Law School, 80 Daehak-ro, Bukgu, Daegu 41566 Korea.
Brexit: Is Britain Coupable?