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    Mission impossible: calculating the economic costs of Brexit

Mission impossible: calculating the economic costs of Brexit

Much of the 2016 referendum debate focused on the costs involved in a potential Brexit. The ‘fatalists’ claimed that the losses would be huge and felt immediately after the UK had taken the decision to leave the EU. As time progressed, a more ‘moderate’ view prevailed postulating that the costs would not be instantly perceptible, but would crystallise only over […]

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    Europe’s Brexit: a successful outcome of negotiations for all?

Europe’s Brexit: a successful outcome of negotiations for all?

In writing about his recently edited book, Europe’s Brexit: EU Perspectives on Britain’s Vote to Leave, Tim Oliver draws out several key themes about how the other 27 Member States and EU institutions approached and continue to handle Brexit. The book’s major contribution is that it provides evidence about what would be a successful Brexit for all the parties […]

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    The Anglo-American ‘special relationship’ in the post-Brexit era

The Anglo-American ‘special relationship’ in the post-Brexit era

Brexit is an opportunity to redefine the ‘special relationship’ based on trade and diplomacy rather than ill-conceived military campaigns, writes Thomas Mills (Lancaster University).

The Anglo-American ‘special relationship’ is never far from the surface in British political debate. So it proved in the EU referendum campaign of 2016. The most dramatic illustration of this was when Barack Obama weighed in on the side […]

Continental Breakfast 9: Can Brexit only mean exit? European foreign policy and security co-ordination

The EU has recently ramped up its Common Security and Defence Policy. Will the UK be able to maintain similar partnerships with the EU after Brexit? Sean M Deel (LSE) reports on an LSE Continental Breakfast discussion at Sciences Po, Paris on 28 March between leading thinkers in international relations and European politics, with contributions from policy makers and civil servants.

Continued deep ties in […]

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    Assessing the impact of new European defence initiatives on transatlantic relations

Assessing the impact of new European defence initiatives on transatlantic relations

The European Union is in the process of implementing a number of new defence initiatives, notably a new Permanent Structured Cooperation on security and defence (PESCO) and a European Defence Fund. Antonio Calcara examines how these new initiatives are likely to affect relations with the United States, with some figures in the US already expressing concern that the new […]

With China ascendant, Britain’s ability to shape human rights at the UN now looks uncertain

Britain has had a powerful influence at the UN Human Rights Council and on development issues generally, writes Richard Gowan (European Council on Foreign Relations). But without the UK, the EU’s progressive voice will be weakened. The government hopes to continue to exert influence through non-EU networks, but pressure to tie up trade deals may curtail its criticism of countries […]

Leaving Spaceship Europe: British space policy after Brexit

After years of building spacepower for Brussels, London seems set to jettison from it and enter the unknown of commercial life in space outside the single market and customs union. Bleddyn Bowen considers the costs of Britain leaving the EU while the latter is asserting itself as an independent and concrete spacepower.

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    The UK has a genuine interest in European security, but Brexit has reopened existential questions also regarding defence

The UK has a genuine interest in European security, but Brexit has reopened existential questions also regarding defence

Recent events in Salisbury have raised questions not only about the UK’s relationship with Russia, but the nature of Britain’s strategic positioning in a post-Brexit European landscape in general. Recent polling points to increased doubts among the British people about the value and fairness of the UK’s military contribution in eastern Europe, despite elite domestic consensus to the contrary. […]

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    Could Britain establish closer relations with China following Brexit?

Could Britain establish closer relations with China following Brexit?

If the UK is to develop closer relationships with non-EU states following Brexit, then China would undoubtedly have to rank as one of the country’s most important potential partners. Andrew Cottey assesses how the EU has sought to engage with China over recent decades, and what opportunities there could be for the UK after it leaves the EU. He argues […]

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    UK influence after Brexit: the Commonwealth should be seen as a network, not as an excuse

UK influence after Brexit: the Commonwealth should be seen as a network, not as an excuse

Portraying the Commonwealth as a group of trading partners who share similar values and that will bolster the UK’s influence and prosperity after Brexit is at best delusional, writes Fred Carver. He argues that while the Commonwealth can be used as a diplomatic network in certain cases, it should not be used as a catch-all excuse for trade […]