School of Politics and International Relations

Brexit may just have saved Europe – it is only a shame that Britain had to sacrifice itself to do it

14 March 2019

Dr Sarah Wolff published an opinion piece for The Independent where she argues that ‘an extraordinary unity of purpose has been a chance for the EU to move on from the global financial crisis and the 2015 migration crisis.’ She writes: “Brexit highlights how European integration has forged a sense of community, identity and freedom that remains remarkably powerful and cannot be taken hostage by national elites. This form of active European citizenry is what Britons are about to lose, and it has helped to harden the European consciousness of it, even in the face of continued and inevitable political challenges. That, oddly enough, will be to Britain’s advantage whichever route it chooses.”