Prospects for the Negotiations on Brexit

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Series Details No. 69, July 2017
Publication Date 18/07/2017
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The Polish Institute of International Affairs is an analytical institution established by an act of Parliament in 1996 to carry out research and provide expertise in international affairs. PISM disseminates information on contemporary international issues and maintains contacts with academic and political centres in Poland and abroad. The Institute runs courses for public servants, maintains a library (open to the public; 165,000 books and journals), organises conferences, and publishes books, periodicals and documents on Polish foreign policy and international matters.

The funding for PISM comes from the budget. The director is appointed by the prime minister for a term of five years, following consultation with the minister of foreign affairs. The minister supervises the Institute and appoints its advisory council, which includes a representative of the President of the Republic of Poland, academics and officials.In June 2017, the UK government entered into talks with the EU on the conditions for leaving the bloc. With that, the government ended speculation about the possibility of stopping Brexit that appeared shortly after the parliamentary election. The EU’s consistent position on Brexit allowed it to impose on the British the mode of the talks and the priorities of the first phase of the negotiations. Divisions in the negotiating strategy among the main political forces in the UK may make the progress of the Brexit talks difficult and increases the risk of a no-deal scenario.

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