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Brexit and international cooperation

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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 considered Brexit a way to remove obstacles for further integration. The transition period that followed the official departure of the UK on 31 January 2020 entailed a long process of negotiations between these now separate entities on a wide range of issues.

The transition period ended on 31 December 2020 and a UK-EU trade and cooperation agreement was reached a few days before. There is, however, still little clarity on what Brexit will mean in practice in 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?

ECDPM will continue to provide regular 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 or San Bilal (trade issues). For media enquiries, please contact Virginia Mucchi.

Our work on Brexit

Brexit and development cooperation: A major connection problem
Andrew Sherriff, ECDPM commentary, 11 January 2021

How should the UK cooperate with the EU on development policy after Brexit?
James Mackie gives oral evidence to the House of Lords EU External Affairs Sub-Committee, 30 January 2020

Brexit day is here – What’s next for EU-UK development cooperation?
Andrew Sherriff, ECDPM blog, 27 January 2020

Friends, partners or rivals? The UK election manifestos and the space for foreign policy cooperation with the EU
Chloe Teevan and Andrew Sherriff, ECDPM blog, 29 November 2019

Brexit: Under any scenario, UK and EU aid will be affected
Andrew Sherriff and Emmanuel De Groof, ECDPM blog for Dochas – Irish Association of NGOs, 11 April 2019

Finding a new point of departure for the future of UK-EU development cooperation after Brexit
Emmanuel De Groof and Andrew Sherriff, ECDPM blog for the DCU Brexit Institute, 21 January 2019
This blog was originally published on the DCU Brexit Institute’s website.

Brexit: trading uncertainties for third countries
San Bilal and Sean Woolfrey, contribution to ITC’s magazine International Trade Forum, 20 December 2018

Written evidence submitted to the House of Lords EU External Affairs Sub-Committee
Andrew Sherriff and Emmanuel De Groof, submission to the UK’s House of Lords inquiry into the impact of Brexit on UK-EU international development cooperation, 18 December 2018.

What just happened? On Africa, EU aid, trade and Brexit – Seven key questions answered
Andrew Sherriff and Emmanuel De Groof, ECDPM blog, 19 November 2018.

Theresa May’s charm offensive in Africa does not consider the full impact of a cliff-edge Brexit
Emmanuel De Groof and San Bilal, ECDPM blog, 3 September 2018.

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