Hard Brexit or Avoidance?

October 5th, 2016 - by Amy Verdun, University of Victoria

Last weekend Prime Minister May has announced that the UK is prepared to launch the country's exit from the EU. How are we to interpret May's vision of Brexit with a view to the UK's overall stand towards the rest of continental Europe?  - Dr Amy Verdun is an expert in European Politics, she has an extensive record in media outreach and is available for interviews.

"As Theresa May announced her vision of "Brexit-means-brexit" to the Conservative Party on the weekend, the pound has started falling again. Many observers relate the recent weakness of the United Kingdom (UK) currency as yet another example that 'politics is trumping economics' in that country. What are the implications of the current UK government's stance towards Brexit? Is the UK really moving further away from the rest of the European Continent or is all this to be interpreted as yet another step in what has been seen to be a very difficult domestic political quagmire."

Dr. Amy Verdun is Professor in Political Science at the University of Victoria. She is also part of a pan-Canada network of experts working on European policy issues, the Strategic Knowledge Cluster Canada-Europe Transatlantic Dialogue