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The Brexit Negotiations: An Italian Perspective. CEPS Commentary, 25 October 2016

Micossi, Stefano. and Perissich, Riccardo (2016) The Brexit Negotiations: An Italian Perspective. CEPS Commentary, 25 October 2016. [Policy Paper]

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    This paper attempts to map out Italy’s interests in the forthcoming Brexit negotiations, based on a number of economic and political hypotheses regarding what the UK’s opening position might be. In recent years, Italy has become a country of emigration again, with qualified young people seeking better paid and more rewarding jobs elsewhere in the EU. For this reason, Italy will mount a strong defence of existing internal market rules as an inseparable set of principles. This is not to say that Italy will not be helpful in the forthcoming Brexit negotiations, but there will be strict limits to its flexibility. Concessions to the UK’s demands for restrictions on labour mobility for EU citizens are likely to be opposed. Broadly speaking, Italy will attach a high priority to preserving the integrity of the basic principles that govern the EU, including the institutional balance, and to the possibility of the eurozone integrating further. The concern of the EU as a whole, however, will be that all the uncertainty surrounding Brexit does not impinge on other pressing Union and eurozone matters.

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    Item Type: Policy Paper
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > Brexit
    Countries > Italy
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > Centre for European Policy Studies (Brussels) > CEPS Commentaries
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2016 11:10
    Number of Pages: 5
    Last Modified: 27 Oct 2016 11:10

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