Negotiating Brexit: the views of the EU27

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Publication Date March 2018
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The Institute for Government is an independent charity in the United Kingdom working to increase government effectiveness.

It works with all the main political parties at Westminster and with senior civil servants in Whitehall. It provides evidence based advice that draws on best practice from around the world.

The Institute for Government is a registered charity in England and Wales (Registered Charity No.1123926).

The charitable objectives of the Institute are:

+ The advancement of education in the art and science of government in the UK for the benefit of the public and on a non-party political basis;
+ The promotion of efficient public administration of government and public service in the UK by providing programmes of education, training, research and study for the public benefit and on a non-party political basis.
The IfG published the report Negotiating Brexit: the views of the EU27 in March 2018.

While the 27 member states were likely to remain united in their approach to the Brexit negotiations, it was essential for the UK to understand the differences in their views.

This paper argued that the Government must work with the UK’s allies in the EU to make the case for the future relationship it wants. But any attempt to ‘divide and conquer’ would backfire.

To strengthen the UK’s alliances, the Government needed to show that it understands the individual interests of each member state. The paper looked at the trade, migration and domestic political priorities of each of the 27. It found there were some clear areas of convergence between UK and member states’ interests which the UK could use to build support, and assessed how the member states would balance these interests against the other issues – domestic and international – taking up their time.

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IfG: Summary: Negotiating Brexit, March 2018
ESO: In Focus: Brexit - The United Kingdom and the European Union
United Kingdom: Department for Exiting the European Union: Policy Paper, March 2018: Draft Withdrawal Agreement - 19 March 2018
LSE European Institute: EuroppBlog, 12.04.18: How has the first year of the Brexit negotiations affected politics in the EU?
Project: Negotiating Brexit: National governments, EU Institutions and the UK (PSI: Research / ESRC, 2017-)
Project: Negotiating Brexit: National governments, EU Institutions and the UK: Negotiating Brexit: What do the UK’s negotiating partners want? (PSI: Research / ESRC, October 2017-)

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