Brexit

SIEPS' seminars and publications on the subject Brexit are available here.

This compilation was published autumn 2017.

A majority of the British voters voted in favour of leaving the European Union in a referendum in June 2016. That marked a point of departure for an unprecedented process towards Brexit. The negotiations between the EU and the United Kingdom began in 2017 and are set to be finished by March 2019.

When an important Member-State like the UK is leaving the EU, it will have consequences for the functioning of the EU. For Sweden, the British exit will be of major importance.

Report on Brexit submitted to the Swedish government on 21 February 2017


This publication concludes that Brexit constitutes major challenges for Sweden, challenges that are best met with an open attitude to various forms of cooperation, respect for "the European context" and continued emphasis on an objective and scientific line of argument in the negotiation process.

Brexit – Implications for the EU and Sweden (2017:2op)

What are the implications of Brexit for the EU and how will Sweden be affected? In November 2016, SIEPS was commissioned by the government to analyse how the EU´s institutions and the balance between the remaining member states will be affected by the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU.

Seminars

On January 26th 2017, SIEPS arranged a seminar on what has happened since the British electorate voted for leaving the EU and what is to be expected.

At this seminar, the discussion included lessons learned from the referendum, public attitudes today and a look at current party dynamics. Other issues that was dealt with was how the UK is preparing for the withdrawal negotiations, the direction the British government is likely to take and the question of a hard vs a soft Brexit.

On November 10th 2017, SIEPS arranged a seminar on the possible complications Brexit may bring on the negotiations on the EU budget.

The United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union coincides with the negotiations on the next multiannual budget beginning in 2021. Will this only complicate the budget negotiations; or is Brexit a blessing in disguise that will facilitate genuine policy reform?

Ian Begg, a leading expert on both the EU budget and the economic ramifications of Brexit, will give a lecture on this topic at an open seminar on the 10th of November. Drawing on various recent contributions to the debate on the future of Europe, Iain Begg recently analysed likely demands for reform of the budget and how they might be accommodated in the next multiannual financial framework in the analysis The EU budget after 2020

Publications

The EU budget after 2020 (2017:9epa)

Brexit will be a major factor influencing the negotiations on the new Multi-annual Financial Framework (MFF), which will set the rules for the EU budget in the next couple of years starting in 2021.

Could it be Brexpulsion rather than Brexit? (2015:18epa)

On the path towards the UK’s upcoming in-out referendum, the UK faces three dilemmas: first, they seek shallower integration at a time when their peers want to deepen it; second, the antagonism to deepening may obstruct what is considered to be necessary changes for the EU and the Eurozone to function effectively; and third, the UK’s demands may spur similar initiatives from other member states who are discontent with aspects of their membership. The author of this European Policy Analysis warns that too far-reaching demands may cause other members to conclude they are better off without the UK.

Britain and the EU: a negotiators handbook (2015:7epa)

Two years ago Prime Minister David Cameron pledged to renegotiate the United Kingdom’s EU membership and then hold a referendum if reelected. The date of the election, 7 May, is approaching and the question of who will win the election and what that will mean for the relationship to the EU is of interest to many Europeans.