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Rebordering Britain & Britons after Brexit

Brexit and UK International Development Policy

Abstract

In this article we explore the implications of Brexit for the UK and the EU's development policies and strategic directions, focusing on the former. While it is likely that the operational process of disentangling the UK from the various development institutions of the EU will be relatively straightforward, the choices that lie ahead about whether and how to cooperate thereafter are more complex. Aid and development policy touches on a wide range of interestssecurity, trade, climate change, migration, gender rights, and so on. We argue that Brexit will accelerate existing trends within UK development policy, notably towards the growing priority of private sector-led economic growth strategies and blended finance tools. There are strong signals that UK aid will be cut, as successive secretaries of state appear unable to persuade a substantial section of the public and media that UK aid and development policy serves UK interests in a variety of ways.

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POLITICAL QUARTERLY

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Simon Lightfoot (United Kingdom)
Emma Mawdsley (United Kingdom)
Balazs Szent-Ivanyi (United Kingdom)

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