Brexit and Devolution: A View from ‘North of Tyne’ and the Anglo-Scottish ‘Borderlands’
The North East After Brexit: Impact and Policy
ISBN: 978-1-83909-012-7, eISBN: 978-1-83909-009-7
Publication date: 28 November 2019
This chapter considers the impact of Brexit on devolution within England, focussing particularly on the implications for the governance of the rural North of England. It captures how Brexit adds uncertainty and complexity to the devolution deal process that has been criticised for its lack of clear principles, lack of rural focus and the creation of artificial governance boundaries. In contrast, the chapter argues that Brexit has served to allow space for devolution to take shape locally – as the centre is preoccupied by ‘high’ politics – and has reinforced the importance of taking on the interests of rural areas and small towns more seriously.
In focussing on the recent developments in devolution in Northern England, including the Borderlands Growth Deal and the new 2019 North of Tyne Combined Authority, the chapter concludes by outlining how order is emerging out of chaos in terms of the decluttering of devolution governance, how new forms of place-making can emerge in the Northern Powerhouse and how more genuine rural devolution deals are achievable in the period ahead.
Shaw, K. (2019), "Brexit and Devolution: A View from ‘North of Tyne’ and the Anglo-Scottish ‘Borderlands’", Liddle, J. and Shutt, J. (Ed.) The North East After Brexit: Impact and Policy (Brexit Studies Series), Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 87-104. https://doi.org/10.1108/978-1-83909-009-720191007
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