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The UK referendum [What Think Tanks are thinking]

Written by Marcin Grajewski,

On Thursday 23 June, the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union in a referendum, leaving citizens, politicians and investors uncertain about the future of EU-UK relations and about the move’s long-term implications for the country concerned, the European Union as a whole and the wider world.

This note offers links to recent commentaries and reports from major international think tanks on issues raised by the British referendum. More studies on the topic can be found in a previous edition of ‘What think tanks are thinking’ from February 2016.

UK and EU puzzle


The Brexit scenarios: Towards a new UK-EU relationship
Barcelona Centre for International Relations, June 2016

Can Britain join Norway in the EEA?
Centre for European Reform, June 2016

Die Kosten eines EUAustritts
Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, June 2018

Brexit referendum: Majority of EU citizens wants the United Kingdom to stay
Bertelsmann, June 2016

LSE Commission on the Future of Britain in Europe
European Institute, London School of Economics, June 2016

To Brexit or to Bremain? That is the question
Atlantic Council, June 2016

Why young people are right to fear Brexit
Centre for European Reform, June 2016

How to leave the EU?
Open Europe, June 2016

The UK referendum and the future of the European project
European Centre for International Political Economy, June 2016

Britain, the EU and security: Only one thing worse than fighting with allies
Centre for European Reform, June 2016

Brexiting yourself in the foot: Why Britain’s eurosceptic regions have most to lose from EU withdrawal
Centre for European Reform, June 2016

Euroskepticism beyond Brexit: Significant opposition in key European countries to an ever closer EU
Pew Research Centre, June 2016

The economic shock of a ‘Brexit’
Council on Foreign Relations, June 2016

Brexit and defence: Where is the strategy?
Egmont, June 2016

Berlin and Paris need a strategy for Brexit
Bruegel, June 2016

Is Brexit good for America? Nope
Brookings Institution, June 2016

Britain, the EU and the sovereignty myth
Chatham House, May 2016

UK unplugged? The impacts of Brexit on energy and climate policy
Chatham House, May 2016

Brexit would shake the four pillars of British foreign policy
Centre for European Reform, May 2016

The EU and referenda: Three denials of democracy
Jacques Delors Institute, May 2016

Brexit and the UK’s public finances
Institute for Fiscal Studies, May 2016

One hundred years of British solitude: Magical thinking about Brexit and security
European Council on Foreign Relations, May 2016

Brexit: what happens next?
Institute of International and European Affairs, May 2016

Evolution not revolution: The case for the EEA option
Adam Smith Institute, May 2016

Brexit: A last testament
Centre for European Policy Studies, May 2016

Europe 2.0? The EU after the British referendum
Policy Network, May 2016

Economical with the truth – A review of HM Treasury analysis: the long-term economic impact of EU membership and the alternatives
Civitas, May 2016

Assessing Brexit’s potential consequences for European security
European Policy Centre, May 2016

Why Britain voted to leave (if it does…)
Centre for European Reform, May 2016

Brexit and free trade: Would a post-Brexit UK be better able to sign free trade agreements with the rest of the world?
The Bruges Group, May 2016

Brexit: What happens next?
Institute for International and European Affairs, May 2016

Zwischen den Welten: Großbritannien als Partner für Deutschland in Europa nach dem EU-Referendum
Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, May 2016

What danger is there of contagion in the event of a “Brexit”?
Fondation Robert Schuman, May 2016

Good-bye Britain? Hintergrundanalyse zum EU-Referendum in Großbritannien
Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, May 2016

The UK’s foreign and security policy: what’s at stake in the referendum?
Egmont, May 2016

L’accordo sui nuovi rapporti fra Regno Unito ed Unione europea. Contenuto ed implicazioni
Istituto Affari Internazionali, Osservatorio di politica internazionale, April 2016

Britain and Europe: A new settlement?
European Policy Centre, April 2016

Breaking up is hard to do: Britain and Europe’s dysfunctional relationship
Institute of Economic Affairs, April 2016

Argument or organisation? The battle over membership of the European Union
Fabian Society, Foundation for European Progressive Studies, April 2016

Where next? A liberal, free-market guide to Brexit
Open Europe, April 2016

Beyond pride and prejudice: The impact of Brexit on the rest of the EU
LUISS School of European Political Economy, London School of Economics and Political Science, April 2016

What Britain’s potential exit from the EU could mean for global markets, the migrant crisis and fighting terrorism
German Marshall Fund, April 2016

The economic consequences of leaving the EU: The final report of the CER commission on Brexit 2016
Centre for European Reform, April 2016

Europe after Brexit: Unleashed or undone?
Centre for European Reform, April 2016

What’s in a phrase? The United Kingdom and Ever Closer Union
Institute for International and European Affairs, April 2016

Emergency exit: A look at what can be once we are free
Bruges Group, April 2016

What’s in a phrase? The United Kingdom and ever closer union
Institute of International and European Affairs, April 2016

Brexit – The economic impact: A meta-analysis
Cologne Institute for Economic Research, April 2016

A new settlement for the UK: a “Leap in the Dark”
College of Europe, March 2016

Brexit : Les risques du référendum
Institut français des relations internationales, March 2016

Freedom of movement and the EU referendum
Institute for Public Policy Research, March 2016

‘Brexit’ is a challenge for the entire continent
Foundation for Social Studies and Analysis, March 2016

Britain’s future in Europe: The known plan A to remain or the unknown plan B to leave
Centre for European Policy Studies, March 2016

The new deal with the United Kingdom: The downside of flexibility
College of Europe, March 2016

Brexit or no Brexit? Political and institutional implications of an EU without the UK
Istituto Affari Internazionali, March 2016

Free movement and the EU referendum
Institute for Public Policy Research, March 2016

Implications of Brexit for UK Environmental Policy and Regulation – a report for APPG
Institute for European Environmental Policy, March 2016

EU Wargames: The challenges facing UK negotiators inside and outside the EU
Open Europe, February 2016

Visit the European Parliament homepage on Brexit negotiations.

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