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dc.contributor.authorOppermann, Kai
dc.contributor.authorBeasley, Ryan
dc.contributor.authorKaarbo, Juliet
dc.identifier.citationOppermann , K , Beasley , R & Kaarbo , J 2019 , ' British foreign policy after Brexit : losing Europe and finding a role ' , International Relations , vol. Online First .
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dc.description.abstractBritish foreign policy stands at a turning point following the 2016 ‘Brexit’ referendum. Drawing on role theory, we trace the UK’s efforts to establish new foreign policy roles as it interacts with concerned international actors. We find that the pro-Brexit desire to ‘take back control’ has not yet translated into a cogent foreign policy direction. In its efforts to avoid adopting the role of isolate, the UK has projected a disoriented foreign policy containing elements of partially incompatible roles such as great power, global trading state, leader of the Commonwealth, regional partner to the EU, and faithful ally to the US. The international community has, through processes of socialization and alter-casting, largely rejected these efforts. These role conflicts between the UK and international actors, as well as conflicts among its different role aspirations, has pressed UK policies towards its unwanted isolationist role, potentially shaping its long-term foreign policy orientation post-Brexit.
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dc.rightsCopyright © The Author(s) 2019, SAGE Publications. This work is made available online in accordance with the publisher’s policies. This is the author created, accepted version manuscript following peer review and may differ slightly from the final published version. The final published version of this work is available at
dc.subjectBritish foreign policyen
dc.subjectRole conflicten
dc.subjectRole theoryen
dc.subjectJZ International relationsen
dc.subjectJN101 Great Britainen
dc.titleBritish foreign policy after Brexit : losing Europe and finding a roleen
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. School of International Relationsen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Centre for Global Law and Governanceen
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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