School of Law

Professor Rafael Leal-Arcas publishes a piece on Brexit and future UK-EU trade relations

18 April 2018

Professor Dr Rafael Leal-Arcas, Jean Monnet Chair in EU International Economic Law at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), published a piece titled “Three thoughts on Brexit,” Queen Mary School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper 249/2016, pp. 1-5

Abstract

This short article addresses three points on Brexit: first, although the European Union (EU) has been around for 60 years, how is it that it is only now that everyone is talking about Brexit, Frexit, et cetera? Second, what’s next in UK-EU trade relations after ‘B-day’? And third, Brexit is more than just trade. It concludes with possible solutions moving forward: a free-trade agreement between the UK and the EU with access to the single market but without free movement of persons would be the most sensible option for the UK-EU trade relations post-Brexit; another proposed solution is to have a Europe a’ deux vitesses.