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Brexit and the Long, Slow EU-UK Divorce

Michael J. Geary

In his opinion piece “Brexit and the Long, Slow EU-UK Divorce,” Global Europe Global Fellow Michael Geary and co-author Kevin Lees address growing Euroscepticism across Britain ahead of the June 23 referendum on European Union membership. “Unhappy couples,” they argue, “simply do not stay together.”

Brexit and the Long, Slow EU-UK Divorce

In his opinion piece “Brexit and the Long, Slow EU-UK Divorce,” Global Europe Global Fellow Michael Geary and co-author Kevin Lees address growing Euroscepticism across Britain ahead of the June 23 referendum on European Union membership. “Unhappy couples,” they argue, “simply do not stay together.” The authors trace the history of disagreement between the UK and the EU as evidence that the two have been building towards separation for decades. The British have long been deemed reluctant EU members – they are not part of the Eurozone or the Schengen area. Should it choose to leave, however, the UK will still have to accept EU rules and regulations to maintain access to the single market and other EU benefits, without having a hand in setting them.

This piece appeared in the National Interest. Read the full piece here.

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Michael J. Geary

Michael J. Geary

Global Fellow,
Associate Professor, Modern Europe and the European Union, Faculty of Humanities, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway
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Global Europe Program

The Global Europe Program addresses vital issues affecting Europe’s relations with the rest of the world through scholars-in-residence, seminars, international conferences and publications. These programmatic activities cover wide-ranging topics include: European energy security, the role of the European Union and NATO, democratic transitions, and counter-terrorism, among others. The program also investigates comparatively European approaches to policy issues of importance to the United States, including migration, global governance, and relations with Russia, China and the Middle East.  Read more