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Brexit - Britain's Exit from the European Union

Four and a half  years' ago I asked the question: "As Britain prepares to exit from the European Union,  will we find ourselves in two years' time stuck to the bottom of the pan and will Britain be toast? Or will we be smiling, and say byebye to EU regulations whilst   sitting down to a great British breakfast of British bacon, British eggs, British tomatoes, British marmalade and the quintessential British cup of tea?" 

And I continued: "The bacon may come from a British pig, but its feed could be subject to new tariffs, and vetinary products that keep it healthy will fall out of EU regulatory regimes. Likewise the tomatoes and the marmalade. These changes will have implications for the price we pay and for food safety. Similarly, there will be implications for other industries, as Britain's business lobby, the CBI has said

Brexit is not just about walking out of the house and slamming the door. It is about fundamental changes to the way our country operates. The EU is an integral part of an international system and breaking away means that a massive web of international business that supports our most basic needs like food, will rip in places we did not even know existed." 

I think we now know the answer as we contemplate what it will mean to have 7000 lorries queueing in Kent, and a £15 billion bill to business for customs bureaucracy, in the full knowledge of Russian interference with our democracy and a government willing to break international law. Brexit was about emotive promises that were never going to be deliverable, for reasons that are systemic. The changes I predicted in the second two paragraphs  are now making themselves felt. 

This blog will explore the ongoing process as the UK makes its final exit from the Single European Market and the policy challenges it raises.

 If you are interested in research on Britain's new relationship with Europe, please contact me via the Contact page on this website

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The irony of Britain leaving the European Union is that that other side is driving.

The British have been forced  to accept that trade negotiations will not run in parallel with the 'divorce' talks, that the negotiators wll meet 4-weekly, that the default setting is 'transparency'.  How is the EU is able to impose terms, when this should be a joint negotiation? It is a manifestation of power play in an imbalanced relationship.  This article investigates the power relations of Brexit and suggests that the EU is able to wield 'structural power' in order to shape choices for the British.

Read more: Power in the process: who's really driving Brexit?

The notification of Britain's intention to withdraw from  the European Union is the start of a process that takes policy-makers into new and unknown territory.  For the British government and the legislature, it will be a tricky if not perilous path with an unpredictable outcome. Theresa May says she wants a 'global Britain'.  Many others fear that fear that Britain is heading over a cliff.


This article analyses three key timings for that process.

Read more: 3 things to know about the Article 50 Brexit process

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