Cover Osteuropa 11-12/2016

In Osteuropa 11-12/2016

Before Brexitus?
Consequences of the British EU Referendum for East Central Europe

Hella Engerer

Deutsche Fassung


The British government wants to announce its withdrawal from the European Union in 2017. This will have consequences for the EU countries of East Central and South Eastern Europe. The depreciation of the pound since the British referendum has already reduced the value of transfers made by labour migrants. The consequences would be considerable if Great Britain were to restrict the free movement of workers. The exit will also effect trade and to a lesser extent the financial sector. Furthermore, payments from the EU budget could be reduced. The East Central European states are demanding that the EU not make compromises at their expense during exit negotiations. But the interests and priorities of these ten countries vary.

(Osteuropa 11-12/2016, pp. 119–133)