History Essay

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This is the take-home option available for those of you who are interested. Your take home final must be at least 2500 words long. I do not require a length longer than 2500 words; however, there is no grade penalty for passing the upper limit. Please consult Appendixes B and C for further information. 

Your essay should engage no fewer than 2 documents produced by the EU institutions and 2 documents produced by British institutions. If you use the draft political declaration attached (or available online: https://www.consilium.europa.eu/media/37059/20181121-cover-political-declaration.pdf), this counts for 2 documents (one for Britain and one for EU). Your essay should also draw on at least 1 published scholarly source on Brexit, or you need to draw on Judt’s assessment of the EU to make your case. 

PROMPT:

Why do some factions in Gret Britain and the EU support a “hard” rather than a “soft” Brexit? What, would you argue are the implications of the specific kind of deal that Britain secures for itself for the future of deeper and/or broader European integration?

Where to find sources:

European Union 

EU official site on the Great Britain (as a member state) and discussion of Brexit:

https://europa.eu/european-union/about-eu/countries/member-countries/unitedkingdom_en#brexit

European Commission Website on Brexit Negotiations (I would pay particular attention to the negotiation documents)

https://ec.europa.eu/commission/brexit-negotiations_en

To get an idea about the scope of the negotiations, please throw an eye on: https://ec.europa.eu/info/brexit/brexit-preparedness/preparedness-notices_en

you don't need to read this, just to have an idea how EU regulation works, and what it means if the treaties no longer apply. 

European Council and Council of the European Union 

has a nice overview and timeline, as well as a summary of negotiations:

https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/policies/eu-uk-after-referendum/#

Great Britain

British Parliament stances on Brexit:

https://www.parliament.uk/business/news/european-union/exiting-the-european-union/

British Parliament Papers and Policies Regarding European Integration (these mostly speak to the implementation of treaties; they don't deal directly with Brexit, but are important to understand what is being disentangled, and to assess consequences):

https://www.parliament.uk/topics/European-union.htm

Department for Exiting the European Union (this is part of the executive not the legislative):

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-exiting-the-european-union

RECOMMENDED NEWS OUTLETS:

Free:

bbc.com

the guardian 

Behind pay walls:

the economist 

financial times 

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