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The UK and EU: Trade, employment, and business after Brexit

Published on October 19, 2021   19 min

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Interviewer: Today I'm speaking to Professor Anand Menon, professor of European politics and foreign affairs at King's College, University of London. Professor Menon is director of The UK in a Changing Europe. In an article in The Guardian on the 2nd of February 2021, Professor Menon wrote that the EU sees the UK as a geographically proximate competitor, and that the EU remains anxious that Brexit does not come to be seen as a success. He ended his article with, "There are good reasons to think that tension between the UK and the EU is not a passing phase, but the new normal." Professor Menon, what are business leaders on both sides of the channel to expect, and what should/can they do? Prof. Menon: Firstly, thanks for inviting me. I think, first and foremost, what business leaders have come to expect - I think on both sides this is true - is that their concerns will not necessarily be the driving force behind political decisions. Gone are the days when what businesses wanted, what they argued was good for the economy, was what would ultimately decide political choices. Brexit has been driven by a series of non-economic political choices on both sides, I think businesses know that now. The best they can hope for (I think) is with the ratification of the treaty by the parliament, which we saw the other day, we have a whole complex committee structure being set up to oversee the implementation of the trading agreement.

The UK and EU: Trade, employment, and business after Brexit

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