Brexit and the EU as an International Actor

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The assessment of the impact of Brexit will need to be based on an understanding of the nature of EU foreign policy before Brexit. The chapter therefore starts out by presenting its understanding of the main features of European foreign policy. This understanding is that European foreign policy cooperation is institutionalized in such a way that it is more than the lowest common denominator amongst the member states at any given point in time. There are substantial acquis politiques , and these have been extended to a degree where the EU has stances on most issues in world politics. The chapter then goes on to presenting the likely changes arising from Brexit. The focus here is primarily on the direct effects of Brexit for EU foreign policy. The last section broadens the perspective and considers the implications of the wider processes that may combine with Brexit or that Brexit may reflect.
Translated title of the contributionBrexit og EU som international aktør
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of the Politics of Brexit
EditorsPatrick Diamond, Peter Nedergaard, Ben Rosamond
Number of pages10
Place of Publicationlondon and New York
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Publication date1 May 2018
ISBN (Print)978113804369
ISBN (Electronic)97811315169613
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2018
SeriesRoutledge International Handbooks

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