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Europe's Brexit
EU Perspectives on Britain's Vote to Leave

Edited by Tim Oliver

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ISBN 9781788210522
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ISBN 9781788210539
256 pages | 234 x 156mm | March 2018


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 27 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 will chart the individual member states’ response to, coverage of, and political fall-out 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.


Foreword by Herman Van Rompuy

1. Introduction: A View to Brexit
Tim Oliver, LSE IDEAS

2. Germany
Nicolai von Ondarza, German Institute for International & Security Affairs, Berlin

3. Ireland
Andrew Gilmore, Institute of International & European Affairs, Dublin

4. France
Vivien Pertusot, French Institute of International Relations, Paris

5. Poland
Agata Gostynska-Jakubowska, Centre for European Reform, London

6. The EU Institutions
Yann-Sven Rittelmeyer and Fabian Zuleeg, European Policy Centre, Brussels

7. Benelux
Fabian Willermain, Royal Institute for International Relations, Brussels, Alexander Mattelaer, Royal Institute for International Relations, Brussels, Martine Huberty and Rem Korteweg, Netherlands Institute of International Relations, The Hague

8. Scandinavia: Denmark, Finland, Sweden
Henrik Larsen, University of Copenhagen, Juha Jokela, Finnish Institute of International Affairs, Helsinki and Goran von Sydow, Swedish Institute for European Studies, Stockholm

9. The Mediterranean: Italy, Cyprus, Greece, Malta
Eleanora Poli, Institute of International Affairs, Rome, George Tzogopoulos, Hellenic Foundation for European & Foreign Policy, Athens, Adonis Pegasiou, University of Cyprus and Roderick Pace, University of Malta

10. Iberia: Portugal and Spain
Antonio Raimundo, University of Minho, Braga and Laia Mestres, Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals

11. The Baltic states: Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania
Kinga Ras, Polish Institute of International Affairs, Warsaw

12. Central Europe: Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia
Vladimir Bilcik, Slovak Foreign Policy Association, Vladimir Bartovic, EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy, Prague, Zoltán Gálik, Corvinus University, Budapest and Arnold Kammel, Austrian Institute for European & Security Policy, Vienna

13. South Eastern Europe: Croatia, Bulgaria, Romania and Slovenia
Senada Šelo Šabic, Institute for Development & International Relations, Zagreb, Antoinette Primatarova, Center for Liberal Studies, Sofia, Marko Lovec, University of Ljubljana and Agnes Nicolsecu, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca

14. Conclusion: From Brexit with Love
Tim Oliver

Author Information

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. He has taught at the London School of Economics and University College London, been a researcher at institutions in Berlin and Washington, DC, and has worked at the House of Lords and the European Parliament.

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