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Institutional architecture of EU-UK relations post-Brexit

Rehmert, Piet (2021) Institutional architecture of EU-UK relations post-Brexit.

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Abstract:The research carried out in this thesis examines the institutional architecture that oversees the European Union–United Kingdom relationship following Brexit. It aims on answering the question to what extent the newly established institutional architecture that governs this association reflects the objectives pursued by the UK with Brexit. To do so, the recently adopted EU–UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement was analyzed. Additionally, the EU–Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement as well as the EU–Korea Free Trade Agreement were examined. Finally, the findings of all three analyses were compared by using the key concepts and theories that inform this work. Doing so, the hypothesis that the institutional architecture established by the TCA is highly reflective of the UK’s objectives of sovereignty and autonomy was tested. Finally, the research found that each institutional architecture that governs a bilateral relationship reflects the general objectives as stated for this association in the respective agreement. For the EU–UK relationship this means that the absence of supranational authorities, the sovereignty over domestic policies and the autonomy of its legal system as the UK’s objectives are highly reflected by the institutional architecture
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Programme:Public Administration BSc (56627)
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