British Prime Minister Theresa May listens to speech at Conservative Party Conference

England in Europe – perennial ambivalence

  • British ambivalence about Europe helped shape EU’s open-ended structure
  • Global role of post-Brexit Britain will hinge on new special relationship with Europe
  • London can choose several possible coalitions on reconfigured continent

Winston Churchill’s call for a united European continent came at a very particular historical moment. In 1946, Great Britain had just been rescued by the United States and was in the process of losing its empire. Rebalancing the continent after two self-destructive world wars felt like a new national mission, dictated if nothing else by an interest in self-preservation.

The British have always been ambivalent about their interactions with the continent. But the peculiar kind of European unity that the United Kingdom agreed to – a European Union structurally incomplete by design – led British politicians time and again to oppose it, although most of the time with proposals for constructive solutions. This arrangement was blown up by the June 23 Brexit vote, after some serious mishandling by Prime Minister David Cameron.

What we have now is far from a clear-cut verdict. Instead, it is a legal mess. This provides plenty of options for handling the withdrawal process, or perhaps thwarting it altogether.

Unlock the report
8.95 EUR
 
Secure, instant payment by credit card
Dr. Uwe Nerlich
Even “Brexit means Brexit” is susceptible to interpretation
read more about it in the report
What's inside
  • British ambivalence about Europe helped shape EU’s open-ended structure
  • Global role of post-Brexit Britain will hinge on new special relationship with Europe
  • London can choose several possible coalitions on reconfigured continent
Who will benefit?
  • Report is targeted to the decision makers in cross country manufacturing – suppliers, manufacturers, logistics.
  • Also considered useful for the administrative university facilities, to better understand the possibe effects of current decisions.
By clicking "I Agree" below, you acknowledge that you accept our Privacy Policy and Terms and conditions. Feel free to check out our policies anytime for more information.
I agree