Hard, Soft, or Scrambled?

The UK Government and Its Post-Election Approach to Brexit

Shortly before the Brexit referendum’s first anniversary, negotiations got underway in Brussels on June 19 to facilitate the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union. Eleven days earlier, the Conservative government of Prime Minister Theresa May had lost its parliamentary majority in a snap election, weakening her mandate considerably. How will the unstable political situation inform London’s approach to the Brexit negotiations? What does the election’s outcome say about the wishes of the UK electorate? Has the election made a “softer” Brexit – i.e. the UK staying in the single market or the EEA/customs union – more likely or more unlikely? 


Jeremy Cliffe
Berlin Bureau Chief, The Economist

Dr. Peter Ptassek
Deputy Head, European department, German Federal Foreign Office, and head of the German government’s Brexit task force


Henning Hoff
Executive Editor, Berlin Policy Journal

The event will be held in English and under the Chatham House rule. The event is organized by Berlin Policy Journal and Alfred von Oppenheim Center for European Policy Studies.

06 July 2017
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