Vol. 5, Issue 2 (2019)
European integration and national sovereignty of member-states: Implications and motivation for Brexit
Author(s): Monday E Dickson
Abstract: Over the years, no concept has raised hotly debated argument among scholars and political theorists as the concept of sovereignty. The practical problem is the controversies about State sovereignty considered in its external relations, especially through the creation of supranational organization aimed at regional integration. This paper assesses the impact of European integration on State sovereignty and explores its implication and motivation for Brexit. Adopting a set of integration theories as a guide, the paper argues that in the context of European integration, States loses its sovereignty and loss of sovereignty is central to British government's pursuit of an historic exit from the European Union (EU). Findings from the study reveal that membership of the State in EU has far reaching consequences on the principle of sovereignty in its Westphalian formula under which there is nothing above the States. European integration transfers sovereignty from member-States towards the supranational centre in other that the EU, as a representative entity of these States exercise collective sovereignty. The study concluded with an observation that Brexit will restore Britain's position as a sovereign nation.