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The Law & Politics of Brexit$
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Federico Fabbrini

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198811763

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198811763.001.0001

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Brexit and EU Institutional Balance

Brexit and EU Institutional Balance

How Member States and Institutions Adapt Decision-making

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(p.247) 12 Brexit and EU Institutional Balance
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The Law & Politics of Brexit
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Uwe Puetter

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198811763.003.0012

The chapter focuses on the implications of Brexit on the EU inter-institutional balance, and inter-state relations, and argues that not much change is to be expected here. According to Puetter, the UK already dramatically reduced its engagement inside the EU institutions. It isolated itself within the European Council and it was the only Member State together with Hungary to vote against the appointment of Jean-Claude Juncker as Commission President in 2014. The UK lost influence in the European Parliament as a result of David Cameron’s decision to take the Conservative party out of the European Peoples’ Party. Brexit may make room for greater roles for countries like Italy and Spain, yet, the German–French axis will probably remain dominant. Puetter suggests that the inter-institutional equilibrium within the EU will not change. Brexit is unlikely to shift the balance from the European Council back towards the European Commission.

Keywords:   Brexit, EU, institutions, Member States, institutional balance, intergovernmentalism, European Council, European Parliament, European Commission, Council

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