Post-Brexit France: Probable Scenarios

Salik Parwaiz

Abstract


The European Union (EU) has its roots in history after the Second World War. Formally the EU was formed in 1993 under the Maastricht Treaty. United Kingdom (UK) was a founding member of the EU as it had joined the European coalition in 1973. The recent occurrence of the UK exiting the EU has brought about ambivalent reactions from the other EU states.

A case in point is France. France and the UK have had a very close relationship historically. Both countries are founding members of the United Nations and also part of the Security Council. Trade, defence, people, business and many other issues form the basis of their ties.

After the Brexit declaration, there are a number of issues which have to be addressed from both countries. The current President of France is an EU supporter and from his press statements it is clear that France stands to gain financially from the Brexit.

This paper aims to analyse the main concerns of France post-Brexit. According to certain scholars, the UK’s exit from the Union is a chance for France to deepen EU integration when it comes to security policy as well as the economic and monetary union. With the British out of the union, France and Germany now have an even stronger role in terms of EU politics. The paper would discuss the economic, social, political, and defence related impacts of the Brexit on France and attempt to propose solutions for dealing with the negative impacts of the move by the UK.


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