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Let’s prepare for a Soft Brexit (TruLies-Blog by Julian Pänke)

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Prime Minister Theresa May seems eager to pursue a full Brexit. However, Julian Pänke, lecturer at Birmingham University and Research Associate at IEP, names a number of decisive factors that make a soft Brexit the more likely option. The UK and the EU could maintain close insti­tu­tional relations, most likely in the framework of the European Economic Area (EEA), following the model of Norway.

The project “TruLies – The Truth about Lies on Europe”, aided by the Stiftung Mercator and run by the Institute for European Politics (IEP) in cooper­ation with Das Progressive Zentrum, has two principal objec­tives. On the one hand, it strives to decon­struct Eurosceptic and populist preju­dices, animosities, and false asser­tions, by means of social scien­tif­i­cally-grounded analysis. Thus, it aims to contribute to a ratio­nal­i­sation of the public discourse and debate in Germany (and beyond). On the other hand, “TruLies Europe” endeavours to publicly commu­nicate its findings beyond the select circle of scholars to political actors, civil society, and the wider public. You may find further infor­mation on our website:

Julian Pänke´s contri­bution can be found here: