The Brexit Conundrum Worsens the UK's Relationship with the European Union

28 Pages Posted: 14 Oct 2019

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John T Ryan

London School of Economics and Political Science

Date Written: 2019

Abstract

This paper examines the shortcomings in the UK government's Brexit negotiation strategy which reflected Prime Minister Theresa May's weak political leadership. The Prime Minister focused on securing the short-term political survival of her government amidst turbulent and fractious domestic politics, over negotiations with the EU27. Brexit negotiations were poorly planned and the government was woefully unprepared. Brexit also threatens a serious re-opening of old wounds in Northern Ireland, as debate grows around the prospect of a united Ireland inside the EU. UK politics is in turmoil and in a chronic crisis. What route the Brexit saga takes next is uncertain. But the crossroads is approaching -- either the UK leaves on 31 October 2019 with no deal or it finds a route towards an accommodation with the EU. The phenomenon of British exceptionalism towards the EU is set to take a new dramatic turn, while the UK's chaotic political divisions will not disappear any time soon.

Keywords: Brexit, withdrawal agreement, European Union, United Kingdom Republic of Ireland

JEL Classification: F150, F500, F510

Suggested Citation

Ryan, John T, The Brexit Conundrum Worsens the UK's Relationship with the European Union (2019). CESifo Working Paper No. 7803. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3467936

John T Ryan (Contact Author)

London School of Economics and Political Science ( email )

United Kingdom

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