Brexit and the Future of the EU: Move Back or Move Forward?

  • Nuno Cunha Rodrigues


The purpose of this chapter is to undertake a legal-political analysis of the most relevant issues raised by Brexit and the impact they may have on the future of both the United Kingdom and the rest of the European Union.

Being at a tipping point, and regardless of the consequences that Brexit will have on relations between the European Union and the United Kingdom, this momentum proves to be crucial for the European Union to reflect on the past and, indeed, on the future it seeks for itself.

Brexit can sound like the ring of an alarm that will allow us to relaunch the European Union project and it can represent an opportunity to make reborn, relegitimize and deepen the process of construction of the European Union.

The chapter briefly analysis issues such as the constitutional meaning of Brexit, European citizenship, economic integration, mobility of workers, financial markets, the European social model, the problem of Euratom and international trade in the Brexit context.


Brexit European citizenship Internal market Euratom International trade 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nuno Cunha Rodrigues
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  1. 1.Law School of LisbonLisbonPortugal

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