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
294 pages   |  234 x 156mm   |  30 May 2018


"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

"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 cosy assumptions and think in one-dimensional terms." – Kevin Featherstone, Head of the European Institute, London School of Economics

"This is a well-written book that highlights important issues that have often been lacking from other commentary and analysis thus far. Oliver has managed to ensure remarkable consistency throughout ... this allows for easy comparison between the different countries and it is clear to see the different approaches and motivations of various member states ... it is also striking just how unified the member states have been throughout the period covered in the book ... contains important lessons about Britain’s position in the world, both real and perceived, and how it could have better approached its relationship with Europe over the past few years." – Chris Stafford, LSE Review of Books


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 relationships with the UK will be critical for shaping any future international relations.

This book offers an in-depth analysis of the attitudes and opinions of the rest of Europe towards the UK’s decision to leave. Covering the period from David Cameron’s attempt to renegotiate the UK’s EU membership prior to the Referendum and closing with the triggering of Article 50, the book charts the individual member-states’ response to the UK’s referendum process and result.

Each essay draws on the research of country experts and together they provide essential context for understanding the likely negotiating position of the European nations towards the UK at this historic juncture and a fascinating insight into their likely future relations with the UK.


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
James Dennison, Ieva Grumbinaite and Tim Oliver, European University Institute

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 Nicolescu, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca

14. Conclusion: From Brexit with Love
Tim Oliver

Author Information

Tim Oliver is Senior Lecturer in the Institute for Diplomacy and International Governance at Loughborough University London. He has been 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. He is the author of Understanding Brexit: A Concise Introduction (2018).

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