Bremain vs Brexit

  • Compromising Brexit: The Challenge for May – and Corbyn

    It is just possible that the British Parliament might eventually be able to agree a compromise on how Britain should leave the European Union. But which of the country’s warring politicians might be able to secure such a compromise remains almost impossible to fathom.

    The problem is that the two most important figures in this debate, Prime Minister Theresa May and opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn, appear unwilling and unable to compromise.

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  • Trump is Correct, May's Brexit Deal Would Make a US-UK Trade Agreement Highly Unlikely

    US President Donald J. Trump has cast doubt on the possibility of completing a US-UK free trade agreement under the terms of the Brexit deal British Prime Minister Theresa May has negotiated with the European Union.

    “I think we have to take a look at, seriously, whether or not the UK is allowed to trade, because, you know, right now, if you look at the deal, they [the UK] may not be able to trade with us,” Trump told reporters on November 26.

    May rejected Trump’s characterization, saying: “We will have the ability, outside the European Union, to make those decisions on trade policy for ourselves. It will no longer be a decision being taken by Brussels.”


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  • Brexit: The Road Ahead

    At an extraordinary summit on November 25, European Union leaders approved a draft agreement with British Prime Minister Theresa May setting out the terms of the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the EU.

    It is hard to understate the importance of this milestone in the Brexit process. The 585-page draft agreement comprehensively dictates the terms of the UK’s exit from the EU on a broad range of issues, from the UK’s financial obligations toward the EU, the Northern Ireland border regime, citizens’ rights, jurisdiction delimitation, and financial services regulation among others.

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  • The EU Now Controls the Brexit Talks

    With the United Kingdom formally starting the process of leaving the European Union on March 29, the Atlantic Council is launching a series of blog posts that will track the course of the Brexit negotiations and the many challenges they pose for the future of US-UK relations. 

    By formally notifying the European Union that it plans to leave, London has effectively handed over control of its exit negotiations to those on the other side of the table—the EU institutions and the remaining twenty-seven member states. In diplomatic terms, the United Kingdom has become the demandeur, the one asking for favors.

    Since the referendum last June that endorsed the country’s departure from the EU, the UK has been engaged in an often-angry debate over how far it should actually disentangle itself from EU regulations and the key components of the Union, notably its single market and its customs union. 

    Many Britons have seemed to think...

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  • Transatlantic Security in a Trump Era

    Spanish foreign minister discusses the rise of populism, dealing with Vladimir Putin, and measuring defense expenditure

    The year 2016 has been a terrific one for Russian President Vladimir Putin. The rising tide of populism across Europe has brought to the forefront far-right populist leaders, in France and Germany, for example, who espouse pro-Russia rhetoric. The elections of Donald Trump in the United States and pro-Kremlin leaders in Moldova and Bulgaria have been...

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  • Westmacott in Time: Brexit Britain and Trump’s America Can Have a Special Relationship

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  • Brexit Ruling is a Win for Parliamentary Democracy

    The era of “fact-free politics” just met its match, in that “facts are stubborn.”

    Populist politicians can distort much of the truth with little or no political consequences, but the British high court’s ruling on November 3 proves that for Nigel Farage, Boris Johnson, and Theresa May, ignoring the reality of the United Kingdom’s constitutional order turned out to be a bridge too far.

    British Prime Minister Theresa May’s cabinet keeps making the point that the Brexit referendum was an exercise in grassroots democracy unprecedented in British history. But the reason for this lack of precedents happens to defeat their argument: the United Kingdom is not an Athenian, but a parliamentary democracy.

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  • Private Roundtable with Mr. Crispin Blunt, MP

    On September 28, 2016, the Atlantic Council’s Future Europe Initiative hosted a private, invitation-only roundtable with Mr. Crispin Blunt MP, chairman of the UK House of Commons’ Select Committee on Foreign Affairs. Members of Washington’s foreign policy and business communities discussed the future of the United Kingdom’s role in Europe and the world, and the potential impact of Brexit on the “special relationship” and transatlantic business. Mr. Blunt offered his perspective on how, despite the uncertainty of the negotiations, Brexit offers a positive vision for the United Kingdom’s role in the world. Mr. Blunt explored the possible outcomes of the negotiations, and what implications Brexit might yield in transatlantic relations and foreign policy cooperation.

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  • Vajdich in The National Interest: Brexit Was Decades In the Making

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  • EU Source: Bank of England cuts rates to historic low post Brexit


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