Europe's Brexit

EU Perspectives on Britain's Vote to Leave

Tim Oliver

Agenda Publishing

Europe's Brexit

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Pub Date: April 2018

ISBN: 9781788210522

256 Pages

Format: Hardcover

List Price: $90.00

Europe's Brexit

EU Perspectives on Britain's Vote to Leave

Tim Oliver

Agenda Publishing

The Brexit debate in the UK focuses almost exclusively on the UK’s own position within the European Union and largely ignores the reaction and opinion of the other twenty-seven member states. The UK’s negotiations will, however, involve each and every member state, as well as the EU institutions, and their past relationship with the UK will be critical for shaping any future international relations.

This book offers an in-depth, ground-up analysis of the attitudes and opinions of the rest of Europe towards Brexit. Covering the period from David Cameron’s attempt to negotiate EU reform prior to the referendum and closing with the triggering of Article 50, the book charts the individual member states’ response to, coverage of, and political fallout from the UK’s referendum process and result. The aim is to provide a backdrop for the future relations of those states with the UK and their likely positions during the negotiations. Drawing on the research of country experts, the book provides essential context and insight into the likely approach of the European nations towards the UK at this historic juncture.
An invaluable analysis of the forgotten dimension of Brexit—what do the rest of Europe think about it? Read it only if you really want to understand the negotiations and the possible outcomes better. Ignore it if you prefer cozy assumptions and think in one-dimensional terms. Kevin Featherstone, head of the European Institute, London School of Economics
A welcome addition to the growing literature on the UK’s exit from the Union. It fills an important gap by mapping member-state attitudes towards Brexit and UK-EU27 negotiations and ends with a provocative question: what does a successful Brexit look like? Brigid Laffan, European University Institute

About the Author

Tim Oliver is a Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute, Florence and an associate of LSE IDEAS, the London School of Economics' foreign policy think tank.