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Many of the consequences of Brexit – a decision by the United Kingdom to leave the European Union – would be momentous, as senior research fellow Michael Emerson points out in his illuminating paper. He notes that the status quo gives the UK what it wants, while opting out of the EU may very well wreak havoc on the country. He meticulously spells out the various options available and their possible effects. getAbstract recommends Emerson’s thoughtful report, written before the Brexit vote, to those who seek to understand the choices facing Britons.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why the United Kingdom would benefit from staying in the European Union,
  • What options the UK has if it chooses to quit the EU and
  • What consequences each option would beget.

About the Author

Michael Emerson is an associate senior research fellow at the Centre for European Policy Studies.



If the United Kingdom chooses to remain in the European Union on June 23, 2016, it will largely continue its relationship with the EU under the status quo. The UK already enjoys most of what it wants as an EU member: It participates in the European single market and helps set the group’s course in foreign...

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