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"After Brexit, what does democracy mean?": an article by Andrew Hines, Comparative Literature PhD student

Andrew Hines, Comparative Literature PhD student at QMUL, publshed an article in the online journal The Conversation:

29 November 2016

After Brexit, what does democracy mean?

Ever since the EU referendum, an increasingly poisonous debate has raged about “the will of the people” and how it should be delivered. Both Remainers and Brexiteers are scratching their heads at what is clearly a clash of two different ideals of democracy. The clash is partly linguistic. On both sides of the Brexit debate, you hear phrases like “will of the people” and “democratic representation”. But each side seems to be describing a different kind of democracy. The gap between word and meaning is causing a rift in the democratic process itself.

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