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On the Way to Brexit: From Opt-Outs to Opt-Ins and From Trade to High Politics

Tsoukalis Loukas ()
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Tsoukalis Loukas: ELIAMEP, Athens/Sciences Po, Paris

The Economists' Voice, 2019, vol. 16, issue 1, 3

Abstract: In the negotiations with EU-27 following the Brexit referendum, the UK has tried to replace opt-ins with opt-outs. It has over-estimated its own bargaining power and its capacity to divide and rule. High politics has prevailed over economics, and the Irish backstop provision has been the main stumbling block in getting an agreement through the House of Commons. Hard Brexiteers may decide to test EU and Irish resolve to the limit in what could turn out to be a dangerous chicken game.

Keywords: Brexit negotiations; opt-ins and opt-outs; balance of power; high politics; Irish backstop (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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DOI: 10.1515/ev-2019-0023

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