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(Europe/UK/Brexit/Northern Ireland) Von der Leyen rejects UK bid to reopen Irish protocol (Euractiv)

Benjamin Fox writes for Euractiv: European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has insisted that the EU would not reopen the controversial Northern Ireland protocol, a key part of the Brexit agreement with the UK, just a day after Boris Johnson’s published a paper setting out its plans to renegotiate it go to Euractiv: Von […]

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Brexit – Brexit’s Collateral Damage (Chris Patten, Project-Syndicate)

Five years after the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, the costs of that decision are becoming clearer. Most perniciously, trust in Britain is declining fast as Prime Minister Boris Johnson denies the consequences of the post-Brexit agreement he reached regarding Northern Ireland. Brexit’s Collateral Damage by Chris Patten – Project Syndicate (project-syndicate.org)

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UK – Brexit deterred international students from applying to UK universities (VOXEU)

Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes, Agnese Romiti Attracting international students is critical for public universities in the UK increasingly facing funding cuts and a diminishing domestic youth population. This column discusses how Brexit may have affected students’ willingness to study in the UK and the factors likely driving the students’ choices. Brexit significantly lowered applications from EU students, especially […]

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(Northern Ireland/Brexit) Northern Ireland parties take legal action against Brexit deal (Euractiv)

Members of Northern Ireland’s two largest pro-British parties are set to take part in legal action challenging part of Britain’s divorce deal with the European Union, the parties said on Sunday (21 February).

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(Brexit/Europe/USA) Term Member Discussion on Brexit: What Does the Deal Mean for Europe and the United States? (CFR)

Speakers Marisa K. Bellack Europe Editor, Washington Post Björn Finke EU Correspondent, Süddeutsche Zeitung; 2009 ACG Young Leader Megan E. Greene Senior Fellow, Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, Harvard Kennedy School; Dame Deanne Senior Fellow in International Economics, Chatham House; Columnist, Financial Times; CFR Member Presider Steven E. Sokol President, The American Council on Germany; CFR Member https://www.cfr.org/event/term-member-discussion-brexit-what-does-deal-mean-europe-and-united-states

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(Brexit) Will Brexit Be a Barrier for Retooling the Economy? (Joergen Oerstroem Moeller, The National Interest)

Britain’s problem is low productivity. EU membership could have helped. https://nationalinterest.org/feature/will-brexit-be-barrier-retooling-economy-176531

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(Europe) Europe after Brexit. One Continent, Two Systems (Roderick Parkes, DGAP)

In 2016, Brussels saw Britain’s vote to leave the EU as a threat. But since Boris Johnson took power in 2019, European officials have found reassurance in his clownish politics. They have lapped up reports of how Johnson, a throwback to the UK’s old ruling classes, is exploiting the prejudices and delusions of Britain’s working […]

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(Spain/Brexit) The consequences of Brexit for Spain (William Chislett, Elcano Royal Institute)

Theme Spain has good reason to be relieved that the UK and EU struck a post-Brexit free-trade deal, given the importance of its economic relation with Britain. Summary The Spain-UK relation is significant in terms of trade, direct investment, tourism, the Erasmus programme, fisheries and Britons living in Spain, by far the largest number of […]

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(Brexit) Brexit gives the Tories a free hand to dismantle workers’ rights (Jason Moyer-Lee, Al Jazeera)

In September 1988, two now famous speeches set out competing visions for the United Kingdom’s role in Europe and Europe’s role in the UK. In the first, European Commission President Jacques Delors addressed the UK’s Trade Union Congress, pitching the European Economic Community on the basis of a role for workers’ rights and collective bargaining, […]

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(Brexit/Europe/USA) The Brexit Boon to Europe and the US (Melvyn Krauss, Project-Syndicate)

More than four years after the Brexit referendum, the United Kingdom has finally left the European Union, and the timing could not be better. With Britain gone, Europe has nothing preventing it from adopting a new economic-policy model that is better equipped for contemporary conditions, not least a strengthening euro. https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/brexit-opportunity-for-eu-fiscal-and-currency-policies-by-melvyn-krauss-2021-01

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(Brexit) Did you have a merry Brexmas ? (Tim Oliver, Clingendael)

The build-up to Brexit has at times felt like opening the daily door on an underwhelming four and a half year advent calendar. When the big day finally arrived, did everyone get what they wanted for Brexmas? Spare a moment, if only as a gesture of post-festive goodwill, to think of the diplomats and officials […]

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BREXIT – What’s in the EU-UK Brexit Deal? (Matthias Matthijs, CFR)

The European Union and the United Kingdom came to a last-minute trade deal on Christmas Eve, narrowly averting the hardest of all potential Brexits. But major uncertainty remains. https://www.cfr.org/in-brief/whats-eu-uk-brexit-deal