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08 July 2016

Theresa Scavenius and David Budtz Pedersen on Brexit

On July 8th Dagbladet Information brought an article in which Theresa Scavenius and David Budtz Pedersen presents an optimistic view on how the EU could develop after the British decision to leave the Union.

Scavenius and Pedersen presents Brexit as a chance to re-think the European project and for it to take a social turn. Great Britain has been characterized by a thorough skepticism toward the EU since the 80’s and has mainly considered the EU to be an economic project based on a neoliberal foundation.  Therefore, an EU without Britain can be a change to develop the European project.

Thus, today the EU is facing a critical question of whether the EU is guided by an aim for positive or negative liberty. The British critique of the EU was that it obscured the negative liberty of citizens. Now that this critique is somewhat taken out of the Union, a chance to prioritize positive liberty opens. However, the chances of such a shift in the European project are small if the remainder of the EU has fundamentally bought the neoliberal premises that Great Britain often argued for.

The full article can be found here.

Theresa Scavenius is a Postdoc at the Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen. David Budtz Pedersen is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Aalborg University.