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‘We thought we were friends!’: Franco-British bilateral diplomacy and the shock of Brexit

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posted on 12.01.2022, 14:41 by Helen DrakeHelen Drake, Pauline Schnapper
The British vote to leave the European Union in 2016 shook the Franco-British bilateral relationship (FBBR) to its core and led to unexpected tensions, considering the depth of cooperation between the two countries in many fields, and their geography. In this article we analyse the impact of Brexit on the FBBR to date, including the likely aftershocks. We focus on the 2017-2020 Brexit negotiations themselves, and on the matters that escaped those negotiations but which are core to the FBBR namely: security and defence; borders and migration. We draw on a number of high-level interviews with French and British officials and on literatures of contemporary diplomacy to ask how the new environment for the FBBR challenges traditional ways of conducting bilateral diplomacy outside of the multilateral framework provided by the European Union.

History

School

  • Loughborough University London

Published in

Journal of Contemporary European Research

Volume

17

Issue

4

Pages

482 - 499

Publisher

University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES)

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Rights holder

© The Authors

Publisher statement

This is an Open Access Article. It is published by University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES) under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Licence (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Acceptance date

07/12/2021

Publication date

2021-12-17

Copyright date

2021

ISSN

1815-347X

Language

en

Depositor

Prof Helen Drake. Deposit date: 8 December 2021