Brexit: Mind the Gap between Market Integration and Trade Liberalization


Wednesday, September 19, 2018, 4:30pm to 6:00pm


Hoffmann Room, Adolphus Busch Hall, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, 27 Kirkland Street at Cabot Way, Cambridge, MA

The protracted Brexit negotiations have shown the current gap between two paradigms of international economic cooperation. Internally, and with a small group of neighbors, the EU operates a market integration system, which has developed over several decades. It is a system which has become ever more sophisticated, and has moved further away from more traditional forms of international trade liberalization. UK attempts to argue for an intermediate form of cooperation/integration have fallen on deaf ears. This talk will show that there are important legal, institutional and political reasons for the gap, which cannot be easily bridged. It is based on a study authored for the European Parliament's International Trade Committee.



Speaker: Piet Eeckhout, Professor of EU Law, University College London.

Sponsors: RCC; Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies; EU Law and Government Study Group; Jean Monnet ad Personam Chair in European Union Law and Government.