The future of the UK’s bilateral relationships in Europe (WP1603)

The future of the UK’s bilateral relationships in Europe (WP1603)Image: Johan Swanepoel

How should the UK and European countries work together in light of the UK’s decision to leave the EU?

This conference will create space to look at the longer term picture of bilateral relationships in Europe. It will explore how the UK and European partners can best work together to maximise their shared values and interests and renew and strengthen bilateral relationships, to complement future cooperation at the EU level.

We will bring together a range of actors (from academia, politics, business and civil society) from across Europe to share their expertise and ideas on future bilateral relations.

Issues to be discussed include:

  • What is the long-term vision for how UK and European partners will work together in 2030? What should a new bilateralism look like? How will this differ from the previous bilateralism?
  • Where will European partners be most focussed in partnering with the UK after it leaves the EU? Where should the UK focus its efforts? What are the opportunities and risks for the UK?
  • How should the UK (including government, business, academia and others) engage differently with European countries after Brexit to build strong partnerships in Europe?
  • What is the role of government in fostering new bilateral partnerships? What is the role of other organisations / groups?
  • How can momentum be built in the new relationships? At what stage can this be done and how can the process be managed during the exit negotiations?


We ask five participants their opinion on the key issues UK and European countries can work best on, bilaterally.


Wed 31 January - Fri 2 February, 2018

Wiston House

Wilton Park
Wiston House, Steyning
West Sussex
BN44 3DZ
+44 (0) 1903 815 020
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Event no:
Multilateral institutions, key countries and regions
bilateral, Brexit, EU, Europe, UK

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Robin Hart

Robin Hart: Programme Director

Biography and other events

Lisa Elvy: Project Manager

T: +44 (0) 1903 817777
F: +44 (0) 1903 816373
E: lisa.elvy@wiltonpark.org.uk


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