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Brexit and international cooperation

The short URL for this page is ecdpm.org/brexit.

In June 2016, the United Kingdom shocked Europe by voting for its withdrawal from the European Union. The political follow-up to the vote to exit the EU gave rise to uncertainty in the UK and raised concerns among its international partners, while within the EU some consider Brexit to remove obstacles for further integration. Over a year later, negotiations are still taking place and, although progress is being made, there is still little clarity on what Brexit will mean in practice for the long run.

What does it imply for EU-UK relations in the future? How will it impact development, trade and international cooperation between Europe and Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific?

As negotiations unfold, ECDPM will provide analysis and facilitate dialogue around these questions. In this dossier, you can find our latest Brexit analyses and blogs.

Would you like to know more or would you like to partner with us? Get in touch with Andrew Sherriff, Emmanuel De Groof or San Bilal (trade issues). For media enquiries, please contact Virginia Mucchi.


Our work on Brexit


Beyond Brexit
ECDPM’s Great Insights Magazine, summer 2018

The UK proposes a ‘win-win opt-in’ on international cooperation
Emmanuel De Groof, ECDPM blog, 5 March 2018

How Brexit might affect ACP-EU relations: an historical perspective
Walter Kennes, ECDPM paper, 19 January 2018

Beyond symbolic progress: UK contribution to EU development aid until 2020
Emmanuel De Groof and Andrew Sherriff, ECDPM blog, 19 January 2018

Så påverkar brexit biståndet (in Swedish)
Andrew Sherriff is quoted in this article by OmVärlden, 16 January 2018

Hard Brexit proposed for EU development
Andrew Sherriff and Helene Vanvolsem, ECDPM blog, 18 September 2017

UK election and Brexit: No clarity in sight for development and trade
Andrew Sherriff, ECDPM blog, 11 June 2017

Trade implications of Brexit for developing countries
San Bilal and Franz Rothe, ECDPM video, 1 April 2017

How will Brexit affect the Caribbean? Overview and indicative recommendations
Errol Humphrey, ECDPM discussion paper, 18 August 2016

Brexit: First post-referendum thoughts
Geert Laporte, Andrew Sherriff, Volker Hauck and San Bilal, ECDPM blog, 1 July 2016

Expert view: Could a “Brexit” weaken Europe’s ability to tackle global poverty?
Ewald Wermuth quoted in Reuters article by Tom Esslemont, 20 June 2016

Brexit will impact on EU trade agreements and future relations with ACP, European think tank
San Bilal in Pacnews, 3 July 2016