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Brexit 06-09-2016

Eastern Europe and Brexit: Avoiding an ‘ever looser union’

In the wake of the Brexit vote, it remains unclear how aware Central and Eastern European countries are about the short and medium-term risks of the UK leaving the bloc and which strategies they should pursue to mitigate them, writes Ivaylo Iaydjiev.
Brexit 31-08-2016

The silver lining to the Brexit cloud

After a fairly restless summer, the mood on Brexit has shifted in Brussels. Initial disbelief that the UK could have voted to leave is now replaced by acceptance that, “Brexit means Brexit”, writes Andrew Duff.
Brexit 22-07-2016

Brexit: A very British drama, a very European challenge

We must not fall prey to the idea that Brexit is the start of an "unravelling" of the EU, write Enrico Letta, Yves Bertoncini and other members of the Jacques Delors Institute.
Brexit 14-07-2016

Brexit: What about the Northern Ireland Peace Process?

Shortly after the results came in, Sinn Fein declared it would seek a vote on Irish reunification. Consequently, by voting in favour of Brexit, British voters may have endangered the progress of the Northern Ireland Peace Process, writes Karlijn Jans.

The relationship between the posting debate and the Brexit debate

The posting of workers and the issues regarding social security need to be looked at from a shared perspective, writes Frank VandenbrouckeThis op-ed summarises a paper published by the Notre Europe Jacques Delors Institute in Paris.
Brexit 13-07-2016

Brexit would disrupt trade more than previously feared

Previous analyses of the cost of Brexit on the UK economy have probably underestimated the trade disruptive impact because the trade-reducing effect of a squeeze on migration has been overlooked, write Andreas Hatzigeorgiouand Magnus Lodefalk.
Brexit 13-07-2016

Scotland offers Europe hope after Brexit catastrophe

Scotland has not let Europe down; it has given the EU the opportunity to salvage something from the wreckage of Brexit, writes Mark Dawson.
Brexit 11-07-2016

Brexit: So far so good…

I got my present earlier than expected. Britain voted to leave the EU. I still have to convince my wife, who voted to stay in, that this was a good idea… but as my family was split equally on both sides, we didn’t alter anything, writes Philip Geddes.
Brexit 05-07-2016

Everything you need to know about Article 50

Most people will have never read a single article of the Treaty on European Union (TEU) before they stumbled recently across the much reported on Article 50. Here is Andrew Duff’s comprehensive guide to the many aspects of Article 50.

Brexit 30-06-2016

Boris departure allows a rethink on Brexit

In English politics, we are witnessing the truth of Marx’s maxim that history repeats itself, first as tragedy then as farce, as the man who led the Brexit campaign in order to become prime minister now suddenly renounces his ambition, writes Denis MacShane.
Brexit 30-06-2016

After Brexit: The Fall?

Historians warn against reading too much into the importance of the present, but it’s difficult not to worry about the impact of the UK’s vote. Brexit was a distinctly British decision but has knock-on effects for the UK, for Europe and for the wider world, writes Mark Rhinard.
Brexit 28-06-2016

A new strategy for Europe can respond to Brexit

The European Council meeting today (28 June) should take the first decisive steps towards adopting our strategy as a guideline for the reform of Europe’s economic, social and environmental policies. It would be the best answer to Brexit, writes Karl Aiginger.
Brexit 28-06-2016

First Brexit, next stop United States of Europe and a Norse League?

In December 2011, EURACTIV.com’s partner, Milano Finanza, published a scenario put together by British historian Niall Ferguson. It concerned Europe in 2021 and his predictions are already starting to materialise.
Brexit 27-06-2016

Will Brexit harm EU trade deals?

The UK took the plunge into the unknown and is dragging everyone along with it. Just as the EU and global markets were slowly getting back on track after years of economic recession, economic chaos this time has arrived via popular vote, writes Nelly Stratieva.
Brexit 24-06-2016

A plea to the rest of Europe: Reform or face further exits

There is obviously no time to lose in absorbing the new reality facing the UK and urgently working to unite and heal its divided communities. It is time for reform, writes Jean Lambert.
Brexit 24-06-2016

Britain heads forwards into the past

After months of speculating and suspense, the Brits made up their minds as 51.9% voted in favour of Brexit. Europe is hungover this morning as a period of uncertainty starts, write Nathalie Brack and Amandine Crespy.
Brexit 24-06-2016

Brexit: What to do and where to go now?

Like most tragedies, Brexit is the result of stupid mistakes, often self-inflicted. But the referendum question was put in clear and simple terms, it was actively debated and the democratic answer is clear. Any attempt to reverse it would change the situation from bad to worse, writes Philippe de Schoutheete.
Brexit 23-06-2016

A Brussels Brit: Brexit referendum is good, painful and necessary

The Brexit campaign has at times been difficult for British people living in Brussels, but the referendum is a vital challenge to the complacency and arrogance all too evident in the upper echelons of the European Union, writes James Crisp.
Brexit 17-06-2016

The UK may leave, but English will remain

Britain has a history of leaving legacies. The most significant one it may leave on the EU in the event of Brexit may turn out to be the English language, writes Colin Mackay.
Brexit 14-06-2016

Does the rest of Europe actually care about Brexit?

Even though it is clear that the effect of Brexit would be felt hardest in the UK, it is fair to say that the effects would reverberate across the Channel too, writes Petros Fassoulas.
Brexit 14-06-2016

Leaving the EU: moving forward into isolation

Recent global events attest to impending political isolationism. Donald Trump would build walls and restrict Muslim immigration. British isolationists would vote to separate Britain from the EU, while their Scottish counterparts would vote to separate from what would be left of Britain, writes Leon Trakman
Brexit 26-05-2016

How to leave the European Union properly

After a raucous post-Brexit weekend, one assumes that the prime minister will make an apologetic statement to the House of Commons. Then, as bags are packed at Number 10, David will make his last appearance at the Council, writes Andrew Duff.
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