Articles on Britain in Europe

Brexit, defence, and the EU’s quest for ‘strategic autonomy’ (Commentary)

Nick Witney - 25 June 2018

EU members may not feel they can trust the Brits on defence. But the UK’s past reliability on this front suggests they should

There Is Life for the EU After Brexit (Commentary)

Caroline de Gruyter - 28 March 2018

The political ballgame in Europe will change profoundly after Brexit. A clear realignment is already apparent as the dynamics between smaller member states, in particular, begins to shift.

How to reunite a divided Britain (Commentary)

Nick Witney - 27 February 2018

A Brexit outcome where no-one wins (and everyone loses) 

Ireland: The final barrier to a December Brexit deal (Commentary)

Andrew Hammond - 06 December 2017

Theresa May has to satisfy interests in Dublin, Belfast and Brussels on Northern Ireland’s future status if Brexit talks are to progress this year.

How to avert the looming Brexit crisis (Commentary)

Nick Witney - 14 November 2017

Europe must help May sugar-coat the very bitter pills the Brits are going to have to swallow.

How Britain Lost Its Cool (Commentary)

Mark Leonard - 05 October 2017

In the past 20 years, the UK and Germany have switched positions, with the latter now representing openness while the former has come to embody backward-looking nationalism. But there is no reason to believe that the two countries won't swap places again.

May must withstand Johnson's bonfire of the vanities (Commentary)

Nick Witney - 20 September 2017

If she does not, the Johnson sabotage effort will have succeeded, and the outlook for the negotiations and the country’s future will be grim indeed.

An interconnected outlier: the unaccounted costs of Brexit (Commentary)

Christoph Klavehn - 17 August 2017

By leaving the EU Britain gives up unique ties and influence with its EU partners. They are fast adapting.

What are the dynamics between EU heavyweights in the face of Brexit? (Commentary)

Christel Zunneberg - 16 August 2017

The Franco-German axis, the Big Three and the Weimar Triangle, are all well-known constellations of European heavyweights. ECFR’s EU28 Survey allows for dissecting the complex relations within ‘the Big Six’, evaluating these and other bilateral and trilateral inter-group relationships in the face of the Brexit.