The Future of the EU after Brexit, and COVID-19

BRIDGE Network – Working Paper 3, 2020

17 Pages Posted: 19 May 2020

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Federico Fabbrini

Dublin City University - School of Law and Government

Date Written: April 30, 2020

Abstract

The paper examines the prospects of European integration after Brexit. It discusses a number of old and new crises faced by the European Union (EU) – including most recently the COVID-19 pandemic – and highlights how these have profoundly shaken the unity of the member states. In particular, the paper claims that three visions of integration are increasingly competing with each other – a first that sees the EU as a polity, a second that sees the EU as a market, and a third which instead uses the EU as a vehicle to entrench authoritarian governance at home. Given these unresolved tensions, it is unsurprising the EU governance system has been unable to effectively tackle subsequent crises, and as such efforts to rethink the EU constitutional architecture – including through a Conference on the Future of Europe – are to be welcome. However, many challenges still surround this defining moment, and therefore the question whether the EU will integrate further, or rather disintegrate, still remains open.

Keywords: European Union, Future of Europe, Brexit, COVID-19, Integration

Suggested Citation

Fabbrini, Federico, The Future of the EU after Brexit, and COVID-19 (April 30, 2020). BRIDGE Network – Working Paper 3, 2020, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3604111 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3604111

Federico Fabbrini (Contact Author)

Dublin City University - School of Law and Government ( email )

Ireland

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