The disintegration of the United Kingdom (UK) from the European Union (EU) was the question put to the British people in a referendum in 2016. In that referendum, many British citizens wanted to remain while many others wanted to leave. The decision to leave the European Union shocked and disappointed the British political establishment, and the Prime Minister at the time, David Cameron, duly resigned. Clearly, the referendum results showed how divided the UK has become. Therefore, this article analyzes the manifold opposing arguments of both the ‘leave’ and ‘remain’ campaigns that surrounded the 2016 referendum in the UK and shows how recent events like the economic recession and the refugee crisis helped the Brexit campaign win that referendum.
Keywords: Brexit, United Kingdom, European Union, National Sovereignty, Economic Calculations, Immigration, National Identity.
Dr. Youcef Toufouti, Lecturer ‘A’, Université 20 aout 1955, Skikda – ALGERIA