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What does a hard Brexit or a soft Brexit actually mean?

As discussion over what happens next following the UK’s vote to leave the EU intensifies, people have increasingly used the terms ‘hard Brexit’ or ‘soft Brexit’. However, these terms are rarely defined and can mean different things to different people. Show More Summary

Would a Swiss-EU compromise on free movement appeal to Britain?

Yesterday, Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker seemed to strike a positive note after meeting the Swiss President Johann Schneider-Ammann, saying that a “Swiss-specific arrangement” on free movement of people would be possible.Show More Summary

What does the SOTEU speech mean for the UK?

Raoul Ruparel looks at what messages the UK might have taken away from Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker's State of the European Union (SOTEU) speech this morning and which policies it will want to keep an eye on despite Brexit. The post What does the SOTEU speech mean for the UK? appeared first on Open Europe.

Guy Verhofstadt is the European Parliament’s top Brexit negotiator – what does it mean?

Belgium’s liberal MEP and former Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt will be the European Parliament’s lead Brexit negotiator. Open Europe’s Vincenzo Scarpetta looks at what this appointment could mean for the upcoming UK-EU talks The post Guy Verhofstadt is the European Parliament’s top Brexit negotiator – what does it mean? appeared first on Open Europe.

Points-based or work permit immigration system? The UK needs the best of both

This week has been dominated by speculation about whether the UK will opt for a ‘points based’ or ‘work permit’ system when redesigning its immigration policies post-Brexit. Open Europe’s Stephen Booth argues that these labels ignore the reality that almost all countries combine elements of both. Show More Summary

AfD delivers another shock, but don’t rush to write Merkel off

The right-wing Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) stormed in as the second-largest party in yesterday’s local election in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the northern-eastern German state where Chancellor Angela Merkel has her constituency. Open...Show More Summary

Japan weighs in on Brexit negotiations

The Japanese government has become the first to formally weigh into the upcoming Brexit negotiations. A document released this morning, laying out the key asks for Japanese businesses, has created quite a buzz. Open Europe’s Raoul Ruparel examines the document and its key asks. The post Japan weighs in on Brexit negotiations appeared first on Open Europe.

Could corporate tax rates become an issue in Brexit talks?

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven has warned that the UK cutting corporate tax post-Brexit could lead to harder negotiations, provoking a cold response from Downing Street and outrage from a number of Conservative MPs. Raoul Ruparel looks at how the UK compares to other EU states in this area. Show More Summary

Which is it to be? ‘Special status’ or ‘cherry picking’?

Germany’s Europe Minister Michael Roth has suggested Britain could be afforded ‘special status’ outside the EU but rules out any ‘cherry picking’. Open Europe’s Stephen Booth argues that the only way to square the circle is to recognise that the political economy of the single market and the EU is not the only thing that matters in Europe. Show More Summary

Norway has little to lose from having the UK in EFTA

Norway's Minister for EEA and EU Affairs has suggested the country might not welcome the UK in European Free Trade Association (EFTA) post-Brexit. But such an argument makes little sense, writes Raoul Ruparel. The post Norway has little to lose from having the UK in EFTA appeared first on Open Europe.

The UK searches for a post-Brexit plan: is the EEA a viable option?

Open Europe's Pawel Swidlicki assesses whether adopting the EEA model, or some variant of it, is a viable post-Brexit option. In the long-term, the EEA model would not work given its failure to fully meet most of the Leave side’s key...Show More Summary

Post Brexit, leaving the customs union is a no-brainer

The Financial Times has reported that there is a “live debate” in Whitehall around whether the UK should leave the customs union with the EU or not, following the result of the EU referendum. Open Europe examined this issue in detail 18 months ago. Show More Summary

Is Barnier’s appointment as the Commission’s Brexit negotiator an ‘act of war’?

Following the appointment of Michel Barnier as the European Commission's chief Brexit negotiator, Open Europe's Pawel Swidlicki looks back at his record to see whether his reputation as the 'scourge of the City' is warranted, as well as its broader implications for the Brexit negotiations. Show More Summary

Priorities for the new Department for International Trade post-Brexit

With the remaking of the government, the Prime Minister Theresa May has made it clear that international trade (be it with the EU or the rest of the world) will be a key priority of her government. But with so many tasks on the table, which should the UK prioritise? Open Europe’s Raoul Ruparel puts forward his thoughts. Show More Summary

EU business support paramount for British Brexit negotiations

In order to secure the best possible post-Brexit deal, the UK must build a broad coalition of businesses and interests outside politics to promote a more pragmatic approach to the negotiations, argues Nina Schick. The post EU business support paramount for British Brexit negotiations appeared first on Open Europe.

What will actually be negotiated once Article 50 is triggered?

The formal process for leaving the EU, Article 50, has now become common knowledge. There remains a huge debate about when it should be triggered and the role of Parliament in activating it. But an under investigated area is what will...Show More Summary

What might May’s vision for Brexit look like?

Incoming Prime Minister Theresa May has said that “Brexit means Brexit”. But what does that actually mean? What can we infer from her statements so far about how she might approach the negotiations with the EU? Pawel Swidlicki investigates. The post What might May’s vision for Brexit look like? appeared first on Open Europe.

EU Citizens who have already settled in Britain must be made to feel welcome

A joint letter in The Sunday Telegraph, organised by British Future and signed by politicians of different parties and from across the Leave and Remain divide, as well as business groups and think tanks, including Open Europe, callsShow More Summary

Markets have been hit hard by Brexit but they have not crumbled – politics has

There is no doubt Brexit has been painful for stock markets and particularly shares of certain companies but it has not been a Lehman style event. Even when facing steep sell offs markets have functioned properly. UK politics has shown...Show More Summary

EU member states’ positions on Brexit and its implication for UK-EU negotiations

Where do EU member states stand in the wake of the UK's Brexit vote? And what does this mean for future UK-EU negotiations? Open Europe Co-Director Stephen Booth argues that the UK needs to carefully survey individual countries' interests to get UK-EU negotiations right. Show More Summary

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