Brexit: can regulatory autonomy and level playing field be reconciled?

In light of the recently published EU negotiating directives, Prof. Piet Eeckhout, Dean of UCL Laws and Academic Director of the UCL European Institute, argues that the EU’s demand for UK alignment with EU standards could prove problematic, as the EU itself expects the right to regulate and change its standards over time. Should the UK not be afforded this right? There is a tension … Continue reading Brexit: can regulatory autonomy and level playing field be reconciled?

UK-EU Trade Negotiations: The Level Playing Field

Luis González García is a trade lawyer at Matrix Chambers. Here he explains what the ‘level playing field’ means and why it is going to seriously complicate the Brexit trade negotiations.  The UK has left the EU. Now negotiators from both sides need to reconcile their diverging interests. The UK wants to have the ability to change its regulations in order to compete in the … Continue reading UK-EU Trade Negotiations: The Level Playing Field

Deal or No-Deal, workers’ rights will suffer

Based their IER report on Brexit and Workers’ Rights, Nicola Countouris and Keith Ewing offer a timely assessment on how the new deal reached by the Prime Minister will affect workers’ rights. They assess that this deal, as much as the previous one, will lead to the erosion of British workers’ rights.  While most MPs, analysts, and commentators are spending endless hours trying to spot … Continue reading Deal or No-Deal, workers’ rights will suffer

Reform the EU to re-integrate the UK

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Miguel I. Purroy argues that Brexit gives an opportunity for the EU to reform itself and adopt more flexible approaches for its integration process, to make it notably more democratic. The UK could be thus a member of a restructured EU accepting different levels of political and economic integration.   

Continental Europe is showing an unfortunate inability to understand Brexit as a historic opportunity to rethink the European project and open ways for breaking the deadlock in which the European Union now finds itself. “Br-exit” could be transformed into “Br-entry”, a reincorporation into a concept of Europe that is acceptable to the United Kingdom.

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Overcoming the clash between moral sentiments and economic interests in Brexit talks

In this blog, Professor Slavo Radosevic argues that both camps of the Brexit debate should rebalance their arguments to include both moral sentiments and economics interests. A new compromise could only be built by recognising the need for complementarity between those two. One of several puzzling things about Brexit is that it suggests that self-interest or economic incentives as an argument for staying in the EU … Continue reading Overcoming the clash between moral sentiments and economic interests in Brexit talks