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School of Politics and International Relations

Cheers, tears and fears mark Brexit’s official launch into uncertain future

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Britain began its first day outside the European Union with a mix of joy and anger. Little will change immediately in Britain. The country will stay in the EU’s single market and contribute to the bloc’s budget until the end of the year. Both sides will use the time to negotiate a far-reaching agreement covering everything from trade and security to fisheries. Chief negotiator Michel Barnier said Britain’s access to the EU market will depend on how closely it follows the bloc’s rules to ensure a level playing field. Professor of Politics, Professor Tim Bale said: “I suspect that actually some kind of last-minute fudge will be whipped up if it needs to be. It will involve, then, quite a lot of uncertainty for British business.”

PDF available on request: Globe and Mail