The UK and Denmark: Where next after the split?

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Think Tank Europa
Nygade 4. 4. th.
1164 Copenhagen K

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Webinar on Denmark and EU coalition partners

The webinar was originally held on 19 January 2021 10.00-11.00 GMT+2 and can be rewatched below. Enjoy!

Brexit has changed the balance of power in the EU. Consequently, Denmark is looking for new coalition partners.

The United Kingdom has been a close ally of Denmark ever since the two countries joined the EU in 1973. They have long shared interests on EU matters such as free trade, enlargement, the budget, the euro and defence. On December 31st the UK left the Union so where does that leave the Danish-British relationship?

Think Tank EUROPA and our strategic partner, European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), who has carried out a comprehensive mapping of coalition patterns among EU member states, held a virtual debate on January 19th to zoom in on Denmark's future relationship with the UK after Brexit

Director Lykke Friis interviewed director and cofounder of the think tank Scottish Centre on European Relations, Kirsty Huges together with coordinator for pan-European data projects at ECFR, Rafael Loss.

At the webinar Britain’s future role in the world was discussed with reference to Robin Niblett’s analysis of the UK’s transition from ‘Global Britain’ to ‘Global Broker’. The discussion was well summed up when Lykke Friis referred to an analysis brought by The Economists which points out that “One possibility would be for Britons to accept their country’s diminished status and focus on things at home - becoming a big Denmark, a decent north European place without great-power pretensions”.

Moreover, the speakers pointed out that the UK's greater focus on bilateral relations after Brexit could mean that a small country like Denmark can be challenged since it benefits from multilateral forums.

The webinar was the sixth and final episode in our series on Denmark’s search for new coalition partners within the EU. Please visit our website for more information.

Relevant publications are listed below:

Global Britain, Global Broker, Robin Niblett (analysis, January 11th, 2021).

UK Special EU Coalition Explorer, ECFR (survey, December 17th, 2020).

Warming relations: UK-EU climate cooperation after Brexit, ECFR (commentaire, December 17th, 2020).

How UK-EU trade cooperation can survive Brexit, ECFR (commentaire, December 18th, 2020).

How Britain and the EU could cooperate on defence after Brexit, ECFR (commentaire, December 21st, 2020).

European Union Views of the UK post-Brexit and of the Future EU-UK Relationship, Kirsty Hughes (analysis, November 25th, 2020).

Smaller State's Strategies and Influence in an EU of 27: Lessons for Scotland, Kirsty Hughes (analysis, March 6th, 2020).