After the United Kingdom’s vote to leave the EU, have we reached a ‘tipping point’ in the history of European integration, i.e. are we moving away from an ‘ever closer Union’ and heading towards an ‘ever more differentiated Union’? Secondly, how can differentiated (dis)integration be conceptualised after Brexit? And which integrated policy areas are most likely to be affected by the Brexit vote?
On November 22-23, 2017, the kick-off workshop of the UACES Collaborative Research Network (UACES CRN, 2017-20) on “Differentiated integration after ‘Brexit’” at UiA’s Jean Monnet Chair brought together together scholars to reflect on the future direction of European integration after the Brexit referendum. One of the participants of this event, Prof. Frank Schimmelfenning from ETH Zürich, concisely explains why it is so important to talk about differentiated integration in post-Brexit times.