Policy Brief: The EU’s Approach to the Brexit Negotiations

Closing the ranks: The EU’s approach to the Brexit negotiations

The United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union came as a surprise to many, not only to citizens around Europe, but also to the governments and to the European institutions. The result of the referendum, if acted upon, will lead an unprecedented retreat from the EU. This is a political and constitutional novelty that causes concern on both sides of the Channel. No member state has ever left the Union and the Brexit scenario was never seriously anticipated in EU treaties. This is reflected by the fact that even the process for conducting these negotiations is not fully covered by European law.

This policy brief discusses the negotiation process from an EU perspective and analyses the division of roles between and within the EU institutions. What are the competences for each of the main EU institutions? How will they approach this role? And how will the institutions interact with each other?

Authors: Jeroen Dobber, Jorge de Jesus

Publication date: 23 November 2016

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23. Nov 2016 by Jeroen Dobber

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