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Brexit negotiations [What Think Tanks are thinking]

Written by Marcin Grajewski,

UK and EU puzzle


The British Prime Minister, Theresa May, has called an early general election on 8 June 2017, arguing that victory for her party would ‘strengthen her hand’ in negotiations on the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union. In March, her government launched the formal procedure for leaving the Union, by triggering Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union. The European Council will adopt guidelines for the negotiations on 29 April.

This note offers links to recent commentaries and reports published by major international think tanks on the UK’s plans to leave the EU. More studies on issues raised by the vote can be found in a previous edition of ‘What Think Tanks are thinking’ in February 2017.

The UK’s general election: Mandate for a softer Brexit or preparation for going over the cliff edge?
European Policy Centre, April 2017

May’s election gamble
Carnegie Europe, April 2017

It’s up to the EU to ensure May’s ‘softer Brexit’ ploy pays off
Friends of Europe, April 2017

Brexit looms large over UK election
European Council on Foreign Relations, April 2016

European defence in view of Brexit
Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, April 2017

Brexit: Après May, le déluge
European Policy Centre, April 2017

In Brexit talks, don’t bargain over security
Clingendael, April 2017

Brexiting the Energy Union: What do the negotiation positions imply?
European Policy Centre, April 2017

Brexit: Between the Rock and a hard place
Carnegie Europe, April 2017

Hard borders of the mind: Brexit, Northern Ireland and the Good Friday Agreement
European Council on Foreign Relations, April 2017

For Germany, Brexit is more about politics than business
Chatham House, April 2017

Brexit: Parfum de guerre sur Gibraltar?
Institut Thomas More, April 2017

Northern Ireland and Brexit: The European Economic Area option
European Policy Centre, April 2017

A discourse analysis of the UK Referendum campaign on EU membership
Institut für Europäische Politik, April 2017

Brexit’s threat to ‘the special relationship’
Brookings Institution, April 2017

Brexit bargain should not include defense
Atlantic Council, April 2017

No deal is the worst deal yet Brexfast is still in the cards
European Policy Centre, March 2017

Collaboration UK-EU paramount for European safety, freedom and welfare
Clingendael, April 2017

Brussels gets Brexit wrong, again
Hoover Institution, April 2017

Brexit: Next steps of UK’s withdrawal from the EU
House of Commons Library, April 2017

Defence and security after Brexit
Rand Corporation, March 2017

Brexit and a multi-speed Europe: A lawyer’s perspective
Bertelsmann Stiftung, March 2017

Negotiating with a dis-United Kingdom
Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, March 2017

How a British bid on immigration can facilitate Brexit
Peterson Institute for International Economics, March 2017

What Brexit means
Council on Foreign Relations, March 2017

Brexit: How to manage the talks and the transition
European Policy Centre, March 2017

Divorce settlement or leaving the club? A breakdown of the Brexit bill
Bruegel, March 2017

The UK’s Brexit bill: what are the possible liabilities?
Bruegel, March 2017

The EU now controls the Brexit talks
Atlantic Council, March 2017

Berlin to the rescue? A closer look at Germany’s position on Brexit
Centre for European Reform, March 2017

Article 50 and the Great Repeal Bill are only the beginning
Chatham House, March 2017

Implikationen des „Brexits“
Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, March 2017

Die EU tut gut daran, sich auf einen „harten Brexit“ einzustellen
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik, March 2017

An assessment of the economic impact of Brexit on the EU27
Centre for European Policy Studies, March 2017

After the UK’s Brexit White Paper: What’s the next move towards a CFTA?
Centre for European Policy Studies, March 2017

Brexit and the politics of raising barriers
Rand Corporation, March 2017

Brexit and the joys of starting over
Friends of Europe, March 2017

EU citizens back their leaders’ negotiating stance on Brexit
Chatham House, March 2017

Union européenne, Brexit, Etats-Unis : La dimension stratégique des nouveaux enjeux commerciaux
Fondation Robert Schuman, March 2017

Germany after Brexit
Carnegie Europe, March 2017

Brexit bill negotiators must answer these 12 questions
Bruegel, March 2017

Views from the capitals: Europe prepares for Article 50
European Council on Foreign Relations, March 2017

29 charts that explain Brexit
Bruegel, March 2017

What are Britain’s post-Brexit migration options?
Friends of Europe, March 2017

The house of Lords’ report on the “Brexit bill”: An extremely dangerous development for the coming negotiation
Egmont, March 2017

How to (Br)exit: A guide for decision-makers
Friends of Europe, March 2017

Is Brexit a distraction from EU foreign policy?
Carnegie Europe, March 2017

As the U.K. prepares to leave, is Europe disintegrating after 60 years?
German Marshall Fund, March 2017

The City of London after Brexit
Peterson Institute for International Economics, February 2017

Visit the European Parliament homepage on Brexit negotiations.


3 thoughts on “Brexit negotiations [What Think Tanks are thinking]

  1. The EU appears to be going out of its way to alienate Britain; far more than any opening gambit for negotiations calls for.

    They don’t appear to realise that May going to the Country to increase her majority can also have the effect that if she chooses, she can walk away from the EU negotiations.

    The EU is far from being the only game in town. Britain already has at least 15 Countries to step in with a Free Trade deal and they and much of the Commonwealth will jump at the chance of tariff free commerce with Britain. Especially so as the majority are English speaking Nations.

    Only in today’s Daily Express, David Coker opines that Britain can walk away from the EU tomorrow and rid itself of any trade loss with the EU by joining NAFTA. In fact, in doing so, it will bring us greater profit than does the EU at this time.

    If the EU continues in its truculent vein, they may well find themselves out in the cold as far is Britain is concerned.

    Posted by Peter Brown | April 22, 2017, 21:15


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