Brexit and the Future of European Integration

25 Pages Posted: 27 Aug 2021

See all articles by Federico Fabbrini

Federico Fabbrini

Dublin City University - School of Law and Government

Date Written: August 23, 2021

Abstract

This research paper examines the state of European integration in the aftermath of the withdrawal of the United Kingdom (Brexit) and the outburst of the Covid-19 pandemic. The paper argues that the European Union (EU) has both faced centripetal and centrifugal pulls since 2020. On the one hand, the paper discusses the federalizing effects that the economic responses to Covid-19 – and notably the launch of Next Generation EU – have had on integration. On the other hand, the paper identifies ongoing challenges for the EU, notably resulting from the rule of law crisis. The paper argues that these trends result from institutional dynamics at play in the EU, and suggests that further constitutional reforms will be needed to address these. As such, the paper concludes reflecting on the potentials and perils of the Conference on the Future of Europe to relaunch the EU after Brexit and Covid-19.

Keywords: Brexit, Conference on the Future of Europe, Covid19, EU, Integration, NGEU

Suggested Citation

Fabbrini, Federico, Brexit and the Future of European Integration (August 23, 2021). EU3D Research Paper No. 17, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3909924 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3909924

Federico Fabbrini (Contact Author)

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

Ireland

Do you have a job opening that you would like to promote on SSRN?

Paper statistics

Downloads
153
Abstract Views
364
rank
259,494
PlumX Metrics