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Chapter 13: Can the EU and UK cooperate on foreign policy and sanctions?

Brexit / BOOK
Rem Korteweg

Date: 17/06/2020

growing US-China tensions to explore whether the EU and UK will be able to reach common ground on foreign policy matters post-Brexit, specifically sanctions. The UK is keen on negotiating as ‘sovereign equals’ and has a preference for bilateralism with national capitals rather than common European foreign policy. Since the two parties’ foreign policy interests are set to split, the EU should build more expertise on sanctions, while a new foreign policy format outside of formal EU structures could be explored.

This chapter is part of the publication Towards an ambitious, broad, deep and flexible EU-UK partnership?, which examines the political, economic, social and institutional implications of the UK’s departure from the EU in different policy fields, as well as its impact on UK politics and EU integration. The contributions in this book, all by leading experts on Brexit, draw from discussions held in the Brexit Think Tank Group, which was set up by the EPC in the aftermath of the 2016 referendum. Through this format, the EPC facilitated a continuing exchange between the European Commission’s Task Force for Relations with the United Kingdom and the policy community.

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