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The process of withdrawal from the European Union. Great Britain's path to European Union membership and the Brexit

Oomens, E.M. (2017) The process of withdrawal from the European Union. Great Britain's path to European Union membership and the Brexit.

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Abstract:On June 23 2016 a referendum in Great Britain decided that Great Britain was going to leave the European Union. Withdrawal is unprecedented, therefore this research aimed to find out what withdrawal from the EU entails. Since the Treaty of Lisbon of 2009, accession to the EU is governed by Article 49 TEU and withdrawal by Article 50 TEU. In comparison to accession, withdrawal does not have many fixed rules and regulations, the Article is not very comprehensive. This, in combination with the deep political and economic integration of member states with the European Union, makes for withdrawal being a complex process. This is also especially the case from a legal perspective, with the amount of EU law being incorporated into domestic law that needs to be dealt with. Historically, the UK has been an ‘awkward partner’ to the EU and the UK-EU relationship has been difficult from the start. Ultimately, this led to the 2016 referendum on continued EU membership. The Brexit process officially commenced on March 29 2017. The Brexit negotiations and the whole withdrawal process so far show that Great Britain was not well prepared for a possible withdrawal from the EU.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:86 law, 88 social and public administration, 89 political science
Programme:European Studies MSc (69303)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/73741
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