Europe after Brexit Belén Becerril: “The United Kingdom has destroyed a precious capital and a special status in the UE that it won’t recover”

03/07/2019

Subdirector of Instituto Universitario de Estudios Europeos at Universidad San Pablo-CEU, Belén Becerril, has participated in the 2019 FAES Summer Course in a conference about ‘Europe after Brexit’, in which she has highlighted that “the United Kingdom has made many mistakes and the British have destroyed a precious capital and a special status that they will not recover”. “Brexit is mainly based in a great misunderstanding. British citizens have been tricked: it is impossible for the UK to develop its own trade policies without a physical border”, she asserted.

UNITED KINGDOM-EUROPE: A TRAGIC RELATIONSHIP

“Brexit is not a surprise, there is an initial damage transmitted generation by generation that politicians have not addressed. Each relation between the United Kingdom and the European Union has a tragic sense”

“British mistrust towards Europe, which was latent, flourishes again with Brexit and throws away a shared history that accounted more successes than failures”

“Brexit is mainly based in a great misunderstanding. British citizens have been tricked: it is impossible for the United Kingdom to develop its own trade policies without a physical border”

“The United Kingdom has made many mistakes and the British have destroyed a precious capital and a special status that they will not recover”

BRIGHT SIDE: BREXIT AS A VACCINE

“Brexit has worked as a vaccine because it has manifested the advantages of being in the European club. Even the greatest Eurosceptics have stopped talking about ‘leaving’ and now they talk about changing the EU from within”

“In this whole process, the 27 have remained as one and have supported Ireland, expressing their solidarity”

POSSIBLE SCENARIOS

 “Coexisting with such a polarised United Kingdom, who feels like a European Union’s prisoner, is a risk. The United Kingdom could be an element of obstruction and sabotage for the prosperous implementation of the European project and its institutions”

“The best for the European Union at this point is Theresa May’s agreement, that is, an organised leave”

WHAT EUROPE DO WE WANT?

“Europe is its values, is culture, identity, diversity and all of that is threatened by populism and nationalism. We need a Europe based in principles that put people, human rights, democracy and rule of law in the centre”

“There cannot be illiberal democracies in the European Union. Rule of law cannot be given up and it is inseparable from human rights and democracy”

“The big effort of the EU in these recent decades has been to materialise the single market, but Europe is much more than a single market”

“The intergovernmental EU is not legitimate enough nor efficient and that is a problem. The distance between the big States and the small ones has increased, as we have seen in the Council. Thus, it is very important to rebalance and to win space for the supranational Europe”

“The two main future challenges are to reinforce the economic union, further than monetary, and to consolidate internationally the European voice to avoid irrelevance”

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