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Chapter 3: COVID-19, Brexit and the opportunity for a sustainable recovery

Brexit / BOOK
Carsten Jung

Date: 17/06/2020

Carsten Jung studies the UK’s economic health after having withdrawn from the European Union, especially after being hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. The UK is sticking to its commitment to ‘level up’ policies – its vision for socioeconomic reform to improve living standards across the nation – post-Brexit. Jung argues that although ambitious, a fair and sustainable recovery from the health crisis is possible if the UK can achieve a green transition, reverse austerity measures and address regional inequalities. As such, the UK must ensure that its Brexit policy supports this trifold goal, not hinders.

This chapter is part of the publication Towards an ambitious, broad, deep and flexible EU-UK partnership?, which examines the political, economic, social and institutional implications of the UK’s departure from the EU in different policy fields, as well as its impact on UK politics and EU integration. The contributions in this book, all by leading experts on Brexit, draw from discussions held in the Brexit Think Tank Group, which was set up by the EPC in the aftermath of the 2016 referendum. Through this format, the EPC facilitated a continuing exchange between the European Commission’s Task Force for Relations with the United Kingdom and the policy community.

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