Don't cry for me Britannia : the resilience of the European Union to Brexit

Huhe, Narisong and Naurin, Daniel and Thomson, Robert (2019) Don't cry for me Britannia : the resilience of the European Union to Brexit. European Union Politics. ISSN 1465-1165 (In Press)

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    Abstract

    We assess the impact of the United Kingdom’s 2016 decision to leave the European Union on the Council of the EU, where Brexit is likely to have the clearest observable implications. Using concepts and models from the spatial model of politics and network analysis, we formulate and test expectations regarding the effects of Brexit. We examine two of the most prominent datasets on recent decision-making in the EU, which include data on cooperation networks among member states before and after the 2016 referendum. Our findings identify some of the political challenges that Brexit will bring, but also highlight the factors that are already helping the EU’s remaining member states to adapt to Brexit.