It was only this July that for the first time, more than two years after the Brexit-referendum, British Prime Minister Theresa May presented a more detailed vision on the future relationship between the UK and the EU-27 after Brexit and the end of the already agreed transition period on 31 December 2020. Negotiations could thus move on from “divorce questions” about payments and citizens’ rights to the more complicated question of forging out a durable economic (and security) partnership for the benefit of both partners, which is also a pre-condition for solving the Irish border question.
Briefly, the UK government’s white paper envisions an association agreement with the EU, which includes a free trade area limited to goods, a dispute resolution mechanism and a continuous dialogue between the two partners. The question is, if this plan is a basis on which an agreement can be found within a framework that allows trade to flow as smoothly and frictionless as possible. In order to avoid a no-deal-scenario and a cliff-edge, many commentators, especially in the UK, demand a more ‘flexible approach’ from Brussels. There should be no doubt that the EU would like to see the UK staying as close as possible to the Union it is still part of and indeed, the EU has a variety of different arrangements with third countries, with different degrees of trade liberalisation and different institutional frameworks. However, the EU’s margin for manoeuvre and thus any potential flexibility are limited by its own principles, its economic interest, and its raison d’être.
Dive into the insightful analysis published in IPS Journal by Tom Theuns, Assist. Prof at Leiden University, and László Andor, FEPS Secretary General, examining the Dutch election results and the conclusions that need to be drawn for a successful EU Integration
Just Transition: A new social contract for wellbeing of people and planet
by Euractiv 11/07/2023
Euractiv's article ahead of the high-level expert meeting on Just Transition in Valladolid, organized by FEPS, Solidar, and other think tanks and civil society organizations.
A szmogtól és a mikroműanyagoktól rettegő magyarok akkor vehetők rá a zöldítésre, ha egyénileg jól járnak
by Qubit 22/05/2023
'Hungarians who fear smog and microplastics can be persuaded to go green if they are doing well individually' article about FEPS policy study 'Talking green in Hungary'Hungary', in collaboration with Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and Policy Solutions
Magyarországon már kínos lett a “rezsicsökkentés”
by Népszava 22/05/2023
'"Utility reduction" has already become embarrassing in Hungary' Népszava article about FEPS policy study 'Talking green in Hungary', in collaboration with Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and Policy Solutions
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