School of Politics and International Relations

Brexit is tearing apart Britain's establishment political parties

1 April 2019

Professor Tim Bale published an article for The Telegraph where he argues that Brexit threatens to blow the British party system apart. He writes: “If Brexit goes ahead and continues to structure political identities as strongly as it seems to be doing right now, then Labour could well be in big trouble since large numbers of its voters will feel badly let down and could jump ship if a new centrist party can displace the Lib Dems and develop not just a coherent post-Brexit platform but an organizational infrastructure.

Meanwhile, the Tories, contrary to much conventional wisdom, will probably hang together – partly for fear of hanging separately and partly because we’ve forgotten, absent Europe, how much they all agree on.”