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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.

The UK’s Brexit Vote: Exiting the EU?

Wilson Center Global Europe Program Fellow, Michelle Egan, explains the dynamics in play on the eve of the Brexit vote.

The Continental Unease of Britain and Japan

Whether Britons decide to remain an integral part of the European Union, or part ways from the continent, one thing is clear: the United Kingdom will continue to be distinct from its neighbors. This is true not least geographically, as the country is separated from the rest of Europe by the English Channel. That sense of distinctness, stemming from a historic divide between the British and the continental Europeans, is not unlike the sense of separation Japan has with the rest of Asia.

Brexit Vote Looms: What Will it Mean for the EU and the U.S.?

The Takeaways

All eyes are on Britain this week.

Media Briefing: Obama in UK, Saudi Arabia, and Germany

Experts on UK-EU relations, EU migration, and US-Saudi relations available


David Ottaway
Senior Scholar, Middle East Program at the Wilson Center

Read his “Saudis Wield the Sword at Home as Abroad

Love Us As We Are: Khrushchev’s 1956 Charm Offensive in the UK

CWIHP e-Dossier No. 71

Love Us As We Are: Khrushchev’s 1956 Charm Offensive in the UK

by Sergey Radchenko

April 2016

Britain’s Europe Question: Views from the UK and the Continent

On June 23, a European Union country will, for the first time, hold a referendum on whether to stay in or leave the bloc. If the UK votes to leave, this will likely have long-lasting consequences both domestically and in the other 27 EU members. What do people throughout the EU think about the UK's renegotiation process? What are the implications of the referendum for direct democracy in Europe? Join us as researchers from the University of Edinburgh and the German think tank d|part present new work on attitudes towards the referendum in the UK and six other EU member states. 

The Maisky Diary: The Wartime Revelations of Stalin’s Man in London

The terror and purges of Stalin’s Russia in the 1930s discouraged Soviet officials from putting pen to paper, let alone keeping personal diaries.

“Brexit”: Will the UK Leave the EU?

British Prime Minister David Cameron will be traveling to the European Union Summit in hopes of striking a deal on reforms intended to keep the UK in the EU. When he returns home, the debate over a possible UK exit, or “Brexit,” from the EU will resume with the possibility of a referendum before the end of the year. Wilson Center Fellow, Michelle Egan provides a briefing on the situation in this edition of  Wilson Center NOW.