The impact of Brexit on the protection of democracy in Europe
Collaborating with Think Tanks
Dr. Pablo Castillo is collaborating with Elcano Royal Institute through a Strategic Secondment. He will study the impact of Brexit on the protection of democracy in Europe. Elcano Royal Institute is the most important Spanish Think Tank for international affairs, and a leading institution in Europe.
In 2017 Dr. Castillo published with Elcano Royal Institute of brief Expert Comment about post-Brexit cooperation between the EU and the UK to protect democracy in the continent. Subsequently, the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Sheffield decided to fund Dr. Castillo with more than £20.000 to develop such ideas in the frame of a Strategic Secondment at Elcano Royal Institute.
Object of the inquiry
The European Union has had a protagonist role in the democratization of the European continent, through strategies such as democratic conditionality in agreements with third countries, democratic conditionality for accession to the Union, and support for democratic forces in authoritarian or semi-authoritarian countries. However, Brexit can affect negatively to the capacity of the EU to protect and promote the European democratic order. The work carried out by Dr. Castillo seeks to assess which are these potential negative impacts, and specially looks for solutions, through UK-EU cooperation, that allow both parties to continue to protect democracy in the continent after Brexit.
Resources from the project
Policy Paper: Partnering for democracy: protecting the democratic order in post-Brexit Europe