Brexit and beyond: how the United Kingdom might leave the European Union

2 November 2016

This report is for those interested in how the relationship between the UK and the EU might evolve following the referendum. It attempts to unpack and explain the process by which the UK will leave the Union.

It investigates the modalities of triggering Article 50 – under which a state announces its intention to leave the EU. It goes on to discuss how the Article 50 process might unfold, what actors might be involved in this process and how, and what any longer term deal between the UK and its European partners might look like.

It provides an analysis of what might transpire and how, given the nature of British and European politics, the structure of the British state, and the legal frameworks within which both sides must operate.

The report has been put together by a UK in a Changing Europe team with the Political Studies Association.

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The views expressed in this research paper are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the UK in a Changing Europe initiative.

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