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Some lessons that might be learnt from Brexit Britain’s trade negotiations with the European Union

Swinbank, A. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2526-2026 (2021) Some lessons that might be learnt from Brexit Britain’s trade negotiations with the European Union. Journal of World Trade, 55 (4). pp. 525-544. ISSN 1011-6702

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Abstract/Summary

The UK-EU negotiations for new arrangements to cover trade in goods, following the UK’s decision to leave the EU, were long and complex. What lessons might politicians, trade negotiators, and academics learn from this long-drawn-out saga? This article focuses on five of the ways in which the UK misplayed, misunderstood, or misrepresented the consequences of Brexit. First, there was no plan for Brexit. Second, the implications for the Irish border and peace progress were not appreciated. Third, World Trade Organization (WTO) rules were not understood. Fourth, by threatening to break international law the UK undermined its credibility as a negotiating partner and increased the EU’s resolve to protect its market. Fifth, Boris Johnson’s unwillingness to acknowledge that leaving the EU’s customs union and Single Market would result in UK-EU trade barriers, distorted debate and raised unfulfilled expectations.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:No
Divisions:Life Sciences > School of Agriculture, Policy and Development > Economic and Social Sciences Division > Food Economics and Marketing (FEM)
Life Sciences > School of Agriculture, Policy and Development > Economic and Social Sciences Division > Centre for Agricultural Strategy (CAS)
ID Code:98567
Publisher:Kluwer Law International

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