Exit negotiations

LSE Continental Breakfast 7: the business consequences of a breakdown in exit negotiations

The seventh Continental Breakfast seminar at the LSE, held under Chatham House rules, focused on the potential implications that a breakdown of the Brexit negotiations would have for UK businesses. The overall message was that the consequences of such a breakdown – a “no deal” outcome – would be severe. Angelos Angelou (LSE) reports on the discussion.

A “no deal” outcome […]

Why Britain’s habit of cherry-picking criminal justice policy cannot survive Brexit

The European Arrest Warrant is important to Theresa May. But, as Auke Willems (LSE) explains, it will be difficult to negotiate the pan-European security co-operation she wants unless Britain is prepared to cross the ‘red line’ of recognising the European Court of Justice, as well as the Charter of Fundamental Rights.

Cooperation on matters of police and criminal law – or […]

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    Long read | EU citizens in the UK are in a particularly weak position and need an independent authority to monitor their rights

Long read | EU citizens in the UK are in a particularly weak position and need an independent authority to monitor their rights

The Brexit Withdrawal Agreement has been unveiled, and there are serious limitations to the future protections of EU citizens living in Britain after Brexit. As things stand now, EU citizens risk falling into an implementation gap created by the limitations to bottom-up enforcement, and the limits of international dispute settlement. In this blog, Stijn Smismans (Cardiff University) argues that EU citizens in […]

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    EU Withdrawal Agreement: the real losers will be British businesses and British citizens

EU Withdrawal Agreement: the real losers will be British businesses and British citizens

When Britain leaves the EU in March 2019, will it become isolated and not influential, to paraphrase Sir John Major’s words from his speech last week?  In this blog, Monica Horten (LSE) investigates the Transition chapter of the EU Withdrawal Agreement and scrutinises how far Britain’s influence could be written out from the very start. 

There is one aspect of […]

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    The UK government is shedding some of its illusions about Brexit, and softening its position

The UK government is shedding some of its illusions about Brexit, and softening its position

Step by step, the UK government is shedding some of its illusions about Brexit, argues Holger Schmieding (Berenberg). The United Kingdom has already accepted that it will have to meet the legally binding financial commitments it incurred while it was a member of the European Union (the so-called Brexit bill) and is going along with the EU’s timetable for negotiations […]

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    Many multinationals may pull out of the UK if it leaves the Customs Union

Many multinationals may pull out of the UK if it leaves the Customs Union

As March 2019 draws closer, the UK government remains divided over the type of trade relationship it wants to achieve in the ongoing negotiations with the EU. Paola Conconi (ULB/LSE) explains why Japanese multinationals may pull out of the UK in case of a hard Brexit, one which would mean there is no kind of customs union with the EU.

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The rights of non-UK EU citizens living here are not a ‘done deal’. This is why

The issue of the post-Brexit rights of EU citizens living in the UK was settled at the end of Phase 1 of the negotiations – or was it? Alexandra Bulat (SSEES, University of London) says many people are still ‘in limbo’ – worried that a lack of sickness insurance, past criminal convictions or even civil fines will lead to their […]

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    There can be no “ideal” Brexit agreement, Swedish expert agency warns

There can be no “ideal” Brexit agreement, Swedish expert agency warns

From where the Swedes are looking there is no perfect Brexit agreement, writes Anna Stellinger (NBT). She lays out the priorities that the National Board of Trade (a Swedish expert agency) suggest for the upcoming negotiations, which are largely about mitigating its negative effects of Brexit rather than any potential benefits.

Sweden has all the reasons in the world to be worried about Brexit. […]

Ground control to Theresa May – have we lost the signal?

Brexit means that Britain will lose access to two vital EU satellite programmes. They deliver key communications technologies to power Theresa May’s vision for a 4th industrial revolution. The loss of British participation in Galileo and Copernicus will undoubtedly affect British industry, including the satellite and communications sector, whose engineers have been leaders in the field for many years. It’s a failure […]

Britain’s best Brexit bet is the Jersey option

The UK government spent last year urging the EU27 to start discussing their post-Brexit trading relationship. But now that the negotiations are finally due to move on to trade, ministers cannot decide what they want. Philippe Legrain (LSE) argues that the Jersey option would give Britain a degree of regulatory freedom while minimising the disruption to trade with the […]