Mapping Member States' Stances in a Post-Brexit European Union
During the 2016 Bratislava Summit, European Union member states concluded that although the UK vote to leave the EU is a serious matter, the EU can survive a British exit. Nonetheless, the current political atmosphere is one of deep unease. Brexit has exacerbated a general European malaise, highlighting member states’ struggle in reaching agreement when dealing with EU matters. This will have a fundamental impact on future negotiations with Britain. To date, while countries are afraid that public opinion might support exit referenda at national levels – especially if EU institutions negotiate too “soft” a deal with the UK – their ideas regarding a British exit agreement are not always aligned. In an attempt to foresee the UK-EU negotiating pattern, this paper will map the member states’ views, which the EU should take into consideration while discussing the exit deal with the UK.
DetailsRoma, IAI, November 2016, 17 p.
1. A post referendum UK and the path towards Brexit
2. Public opinion on Brexit
3. “Soft” or “hard” Brexit?
4. Mapping member countries’ stances within the Brexit deal