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Special relationships in flux: Brexit and the future of the US-EU and US-UK relationships

Oliver, Tim and Williams, Michael John (2016) Special relationships in flux: Brexit and the future of the US-EU and US-UK relationships. International Affairs, 92 (3). pp. 547-567. ISSN 0020-5850

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Identification Number: 10.1111/1468-2346.12606


A British exit from the EU would add to growing strains on the United States’ relations with Britain and the rest of Europe, but by itself would not lead to a breakdown in transatlantic relations due to the scale of shared ideas and interests, institutional links, international pressures and commitments by individual leaders. It would, however, add to pressures on the US that could change the direction of the transatlantic relationship. From the perspective of Washington, Britain risks becoming an awkward inbetweener, beholden more than ever before to a wider transatlantic relationship where the US and EU are navigating the challenges of an emerging multipolar world. The article outlines developments in the UK, EU, Europe and the US in order to explain what Brexit could mean for the United States’ approaches to transatlantic relations. By doing so the article moves beyond a narrow view of Brexit and transatlantic relations that focuses on the future of UK–US relations. In the conclusion we map out several ways in which US views of the transatlantic relationship could be changed.

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Additional Information: © 2016 The Authors. International Affairs © 2016 The Royal Institute of International Affairs
Divisions: IGA: LSE IDEAS
Subjects: J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Date Deposited: 06 May 2016 12:59
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2024 20:24

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