15 November 2018

"The EU got more out of the Brexit deal than I had expected."

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The concept Brexit deal turns out to be surprisingly positive for the EU, according to Senior Lecturer European Law Ton van den Brink. "At the same time, we should be careful about congratulating ourselves too much. The good old days of the EU are over."

The British government and European negotiators have delivered a thick book of almost 600 pages with agreements. Prime Minister Theresa May has come under heavy fire in Great Britain, while most reactions on the European mainland are positive. The divorce settlement between the EU and the United Kingdom arranges for an orderly departure on 29 March 2019. The United Kingdom will probably remain in a customs union with the EU and will also pay 39 billion British pounds for the "divorce".

Ton van den Brink: "The text of the agreement shows that many demands that the EU had set at the beginning were met. Especially the position of EU citizens, the border with Northern Ireland and the financial claims on the UK were important parts of the negotiation guidelines that the EU-27 agreed upon early on."

The position of EU citizens, the border with Northern Ireland, the financial claims on the UK: The EU secured many points.
Senior Lecturer of European Law, Utrecht University

"On these and also on many other points, such as fishing, the role of the European Court of Justice, et cetera, the EU-27 secured a lot. The United Kingdom, on the other hand, failed to realise many important matters, such as privileged access for British banks to the internal EU market for financial services."

"So that's good news, but as parts of the EU-27, we should also be careful about congratulating ourselves too much and being amazed about the chaos and the lack of good judgement in the United Kingdom. It may look like a return to the old days, back when the European Union and everything that came with membership of the EU was good and taken for granted, but those days are over."

Brexit lecture in Utrecht by Paul Craig (Oxford)

Next week, Professor Paul Craig will be one of the speakers at a conference in Utrecht regarding policymaking in the EU. He will speak on Brexit specifically. Craig is a professor of English Law at Oxford University and fellow of the St. John’s College in Cambridge. He specializes in research on European Law and English Administrative Law. Additionally, Craig is fellow of the Utrecht Centre for Regulation and Maintenance in Europe (RENFORCE) and the strategic theme Institutions for Open Societies (IOS) of Utrecht University.

The conference will take place November 22nd, but Craig will already give a lecture on Wednesday November 21st, from 13.15-15.00 at Drift 25, room 1.02.