School of Politics and International Relations

Boris Johnson is gambling everything on a 'no-deal' Brexit. Will it work?

4 September 2019

If the UK leaves the EU without an agreement and it goes badly, it could be a career-terminating event for the politicians responsible – writes Professor Tim Bale for NBC News. “If Johnson can engineer an election before no-deal happens — if it happens — then a heady mix of nationalism, populism, tough-on-crime rhetoric, hostility to migration and multiculturalism, and the splashing around of plenty of borrowed cash might lend him victory. Yet, long term, that kind of appeal could trash not only the Conservatives’ reputation for economic competence, but also permanently brand them — in a country that is becoming ever more socially liberal and multiethnic — as the absolute opposite: a right-wing populist party that can’t win sufficient support from moderate floating voters,” he comments.
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Professor Bale was also quoted in the following outlets on Brexit and British politics:
The Economist - How Britain’s staid Conservative Party became a radical insurgency 
Bloomberg - Brexit Rips Conservative Party Apart as Johnson Expels 21 Rebels
CNN - Boris Johnson has just taken a huge gamble over Brexit