|Centre for European Reform (CER)
|CER Policy Brief
Argues that Britain needed a better deal with the EU than that negotiated by Boris Johnson’s government: the economy was taking a hit, opinion polls showed that most Britons wantied a closer relationship and the tense geopolitical situation highlighted the value of greater co-operation with the EU. But a significant reset of the relationship had to await the arrival of a Labour government. Points out that it would be hard for a Labour government to make significant improvements to Johnson’s Brexit deal. The UK was not a priority for most European leaders and there was much scepticism about Labour’s willingness and ability to engineer a fundamental change in the UK-EU relationship. In many respects the Johnson Brexit deal suited the EU quite well and a Labour government would need to think carefully about how it could motivate European leaders to reopen it.
|Politics and International Relations
|Brexit, National Politics
|Countries / Regions
|European Union [EU]