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The United Kingdom and EU enlargement in the Western Balkans: from ardent champion of expansion to post-Brexit irrelevance

Ker-Lindsay, James (2017) The United Kingdom and EU enlargement in the Western Balkans: from ardent champion of expansion to post-Brexit irrelevance. Southeast European and Black Sea Studies, 17 (1). ISSN 1468-3857

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Identification Number: 10.1080/14683857.2017.1397958

Abstract

This article examines the United Kingdom’s approach to the question of European Union enlargement in the Western Balkans. It shows that while Britain had no traditional attachment to the region, it championed expansion as part of its long-standing aim to widen EU membership to prevent deeper political union. However, as immigration from the EU increased after the 2004 enlargement and a Eurosceptic Conservative-led government took charge in 2010, official support for enlargement began to decline. Britain ceded its place as the strongest supporter of EU expansion to Germany. Meanwhile, during the referendum campaign on EU membership, the prospect that future enlargement could further increase the number of migrants emerged as a central point of debate. Although this discussion was primarily focused on Turkey, the Western Balkans also played a part. Therefore, even had the United Kingdom decided to remain in the EU, there is an argument to be made that Britain could well have become more opposed towards future expansion. As it is, the decision to leave the EU (Brexit), has ensured that Britain has now lost its say over enlargement.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/fbss20/current
Additional Information: © 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
Divisions: European Institute
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2017 09:01
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2021 03:07
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/85629

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