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Date and Location

April 4, 2019
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM ET
Belfer 503 (m-rcbg Conference Room)


Brexit and the Future of the EU: An Analytical Perspective Photo

Brexit is lurching towards a chaotic and dramatic crescendo. It is easy to get absorbed in the minutia of the technical details – the Withdrawal Agreement runs to a tidy 599 pages – or caught up in the emotionally-charged political goings-on. But what is the right way to think about Brexit and what are its implications for the future of the European Union? Is it valid to dismiss Brexit as just driven by “populism” or are there deeper issues at work? How do the Brexit negotiations and emerging outcomes look when viewed through the lens of game theory? Could all of this have been avoided? What might lie ahead?

This Study Group will explore these and related questions, drawing on Paul Sheard’s experience as global chief economist and a senior executive at several major financial institutions from 2006 to 2018.


Paul Sheard, 2016 “Brexit’s Wake-Up Call To The EU Selectively Sharing Sovereignty Is Unsustainable,” S&P Global Ratings RatingsDirect, 11pp.