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Taking back control? Sustaining national sovereignty vis-à-vis the European Union : a comparative perspective on the EU – UK trade and cooperation agreement and the Swiss bilateral way

Schäfer, S.N.L. (2021) Taking back control? Sustaining national sovereignty vis-à-vis the European Union : a comparative perspective on the EU – UK trade and cooperation agreement and the Swiss bilateral way.

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Abstract:This thesis addresses the question “To what extent has the UK been able to regain sovereignty following the conclusion of the EU – UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA), and what parallels can be drawn with the Swiss model of Europeanisation? To answer this question the post-Brexit relations of the United Kingdom with the European Union are analysed and compared to the Swiss Model of Single Market access. Employing descriptive, evaluative, and hermeneutic methods the legal framework guiding these relationships and the prevalent forms of sovereign decision making are explored. Further emphasis lies on the governance procedures laid forth in the TCA and the EU-Switzerland bilateral agreements regarding their impacts on parliamentary sovereignty in the UK and popular sovereignty in Switzerland. The thesis finds that both the supremacy of parliament and the referendum in a third country have similar effects on that countries’ approach to Europeanization. It shows that the rationale of these countries is to reduce limitations on their institution’s autonomy to the minimum while gaining as much access to the EU’s Single Market as possible. Hence, both cooperation regimes include similar governance models and dispute settlement procedures that limit autonomy but not sovereignty.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:70 social sciences in general, 86 law, 88 social and public administration, 89 political science
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/88073
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