Europe in limbo while the UK descends into chaos

Janis A. Emmanouilidis

Post-summit Commentary

Brussels 07/2016

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This Post-summit Commentary argues that the EU Summit and the separate meeting of the EU27 without the UK on 28/29 June 2016 demonstrated that the EU is in limbo. Following the initial shock, frustration and anger after the unexpected result of the UK ‘in/out’ referendum, the future relationship between the European Union (EU) and the United Kingdom (UK) monopolised the meetings of EU leaders. The EU has entered uncharted waters and leaders are struggling to figure out how exactly to deal with the manifold (potential) consequences of the ‘Brexit crisis’. Despite the many uncertainties, the EU27 managed to reach some common lines, trying to convey four key messages, although the final outcome of the crisis and its effects on the Union’s overall future are still very unclear:let the dist settle, but not too long; don´t allow cherry picking; EU business must go on; need for political reflection, but no major step changes.

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