This is the first book to jointly scrutinise two existential issues for the EU: withdrawal of a member state (i.e. Brexit) and territorial secession (affecting Scotland, Catalonia and beyond). The book applies normative and empirical analyses, explores new approaches and discusses the deep theoretical problems unleashed by these processes. Featuring a superb constellation of legal and political science scholars, the book combines specific legal analysis and considers the political dynamics behind the processes. It provides extensive coverage and sophisticated analysis of the interpretation of Article 50 and the possible consequences it may have. The implications of withdrawal and secession on EU citizenship are discussed in depth and there is an overview of the evolving nature of the relationship between the regions and the EU. Finally, there is an engaging normative discussion on the deeper meaning of these two processes with respect to the objective of European integration.
Carlos Closa is Professor of Political Science at the Institute of Public Goods and Policies, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, Madrid and Program Associate at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute, Florence.
1. Introduction. Troubled membership: secession and withdrawal Carlos Closa; 2. Secessionism and its discontents Joseph H. H. Weiler; 3. Internal enlargement of the European Union. Beyond legalism and political expediency Neil Walker; 4. Secession and the ambiguous place of regions under EU law Cristina Fasone; 5. Political and legal aspects of recent regional secessionist trends in some EU member states (I) Jean Claude Piris; 6. Political and legal aspects of recent regional secessionist trends in some EU member states (II) Jean Claude Piris; 7. The reach and resources of European law in the Scottish independence referendum Kenneth Armstrong; 8. The political rights of EU citizens and the right of secession Manuel Medina Ortega; 9. Unions and citizens: membership status and political rights in Scotland, the UK and the EU Jo Shaw; 10. Interpreting Article 50: exit, voice and ... what about loyalty? Carlos Closa; 11. This way, please! A legal appraisal of the EU withdrawal clause Christophe Hillion; 12. Be careful what you wish for: procedural parameters of EU withdrawal Adam Lazowski; 13. EU citizenship and withdrawals from the Union. How inevitable is the radical downgrading of rights? Dimitry Kochenov.