The protracted Brexit negotiations have shown the current gap between two paradigms of international economic cooperation. Internally, and with a small group of neighbors, the European Union operates a market integration system, which has developed over several decades. It is a system which has become ever more sophisticated, and has moved further away from more traditional forms of international trade liberalization. The United Kingdom's attempts to argue for an intermediate form of cooperation/integration have fallen on deaf ears. This talk will show that there are important legal, institutional and political reasons for the gap, which cannot be easily bridged. It is based on a study authored for the European Parliament's International Trade Committee.
Piet Eeckhout is Dean of the Faculty of Laws, University College London, and Professor of European Union Law, as well as Academic Director of the European Institute at University College London. He is co-editor of the Oxford EU Law Library (Oxford University Press) and of Europe and the World - A Law Review. He has worked at various European universities, as well as in the European Union Court of Justice (Chambers of then Advocate General Jacobs). Eeckhout’s research covers many areas of EU law and international economic law. He has published papers on EU constitutional law, human rights law, internal market law, judicial protection, state aid law, and on various questions of WTO law. One of his main research interests is EU external relations, and his monograph on the subject is the leading text in this area.