Special relationships in flux: Brexit and the future of the US–EU and US–UK relationships

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Series Details Vol.92, No.3, May 2016, p547–567
Publication Date May 2016
ISSN 1473-8104
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The article outlines developments in the UK, EU, Europe and the US in order to explain what Brexit could mean for the United States’ approaches to transatlantic relations. By doing so the article moves beyond a narrow view of Brexit and transatlantic relations that focuses on the future of UK–US relations. In the conclusion we map out several ways in which US views of the transatlantic relationship could be changed.

Source Link http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1468-2346.12606
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ESO: Information Guide: The EU Referendum, 23 June 2016. The United Kingdom and the European Union http://www.europeansources.info/record/information-guide-the-eu-referendum-23-june-2016-the-united-kingdom-and-the-european-union-august-2017-edition/

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