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Berthold Busch IW-Analyse No. 137 28. July 2020 The British Go it Alone in Europe

On 31 January 2020 the United Kingdom formally separated from the European Union. Having abandoned its role as an outsider in (western) European integration to join the then European Economic Community (EEC) in the early 1970s, the country proved to be a difficult member that was ultimately no longer prepared to support the further deepening of European integration.

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The British Go it Alone in Europe
Berthold Busch IW-Analyse No. 137 28. July 2020

The British Go it Alone in Europe

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German Economic Institute (IW) German Economic Institute (IW)

On 31 January 2020 the United Kingdom formally separated from the European Union. Having abandoned its role as an outsider in (western) European integration to join the then European Economic Community (EEC) in the early 1970s, the country proved to be a difficult member that was ultimately no longer prepared to support the further deepening of European integration.

However, it is worth remembering that the United Kingdom was a forceful advocate of liberalising economic relations in the internal market and enlarging the European Union. Following their departure, the British are now free to negotiate trade agreements with the rest of the world, which they see as a promising route to economic prosperity. Indeed, even before Brexit, British foreign trade was moving away from the EU and towards third countries. Yet continental Europe is still the island nation’s most important trading partner and both sides must therefore seek a meaningful framework for future economic cooperation. The manuscript of this Analysis was completed in early March 2020.

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The British Go it Alone in Europe
Berthold Busch IW-Analyse No. 137 28. July 2020

Berthold Busch: Der britische Sonderweg in Europa

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German Economic Institute (IW) German Economic Institute (IW)

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Europe votes: Who cares and why?
Matthias Diermeier / Judith Niehues / Samina Sultan IW-Report No. 29 7. June 2024

Europe votes: Who cares and why?

This study, based on the IW-People Survey 2024, shows that around 62% of Germans consider the election of the European Parliament to be important. This is the result of around 5,200 respondents. The proportion is therefore roughly as high as the voter turnout ...

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Samina Sultan at IEP@BU Policy Brief External Publication 17. April 2024

Not so Different?: Dependency of the German and Italian Industry on China Intermediate Inputs

On average the German and Italian industry display a very similar intermediate input dependence on China, whether accounting for domestic inputs or not.

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