The United Kingdom is due to leave the European
Union on 29 March 2019 at 11 pm UK time, a little less than three years after the Brexit
referendum on 23 June 2016, when 51.9 percent of those who voted supported the withdrawal. The
British society and political elite remain divided on the issue. Prime Minister Theresa May
failed to gain a majority in Parliament for the Withdrawal Agreement, which the British
government and the EU 27 reached in painstaking negotiations between June 2017 and November
2018. The EU refuses to reopen talks about the deal.
Meanwhile, the Brexit date is
approaching rapidly, and the risk of a "hard Brexit", Brexit without an agreement, is growing.
About the consequences of the Brexit for the UK, the EU and for third countries, including
Russia, will discuss: Oksana Antonenko, Control Risks, London, Sergey Kulik, Institute of
Contemporary Development, Moscow, and Nikolay Kaveshnikov, Moscow State Institute of
International Relations, Moscow. The discussion will be moderated by Sergey Utkin, Primakov
Institute for World Economy and International Relations, Moscow.
This discussion is
part of the 9th meeting of the EU-Russia Expert Network on Foreign Policy, an initiative of the
EU Delegation to Russia in the framework of the Public Diplomacy. EU and Russia Project, in
cooperation with the Russian International Affairs Council.