Ten more undergraduate essay questions about Brexit

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One of my favourite things about this little blog of odds and ends relating to politics that I’ve put up over the years is the regular fluctuation of traffic to this post. Specifically, it gets many more views in term-time…

Well, sorry to any visiting undergraduates: rather than a teaching aide or genuine academic exercise, that article was instead a slightly smart-alec way to pass comment on the result of the 2016 referendum. But it’s an interesting thought exercise: what might university exams of the future ask undergraduates to consider about our current, monumental events? Of course, this assumes we still have some functioning universities after all this shakes out…

Still, here are some more possibilities.

  1. ‘Suicide of a nation’ — discuss with reference to the Brexit crisis of 2016–22.
  2. How important were the outcomes of the 2015 Labour leadership election and 2016 Conservative leadership election to the outcome of the Brexit process?
  3. Might Theresa May have proved an effective Prime Minister in the absence of the Brexit crisis?
  4. Was the campaign for a ‘People’s Vote’ decisive in killing off any possibility of the UK joining the EEA? If so, was this a mistake?
  5. Why did the United Kingdom’s political parties not produce a national government in order to resolve the Brexit crisis?
  6. Which of the following was the greatest problem that contributed to the Brexit crisis: the United Kingdom’s constitution; its political parties; its mass media; or its people?
  7. “It wasn’t just racists that voted for Brexit.” Who else was it?
  8. In the decade prior to its dissolution, had the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland become ungovernable?
  9. Could the EU have done more to avert the Brexit crisis between the years 2008 and 2021? Should it have done?
  10. When should Theresa May have triggered Article 50?

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