- The Tory party is weakened after the recent elections
- Support for a “hard Brexit” seems unlikely to gain momentum
- Both the EU and UK will likely be flexible in the Brexit negotiations
- This would allow for an outcome where both the EU and UK are better positioned
Brexit was not a key item on the agenda of the European Council summit on June 22-23, 2017. German Chancellor Angela Merkel summed up the attitude when she said that the future of the remaining 27 members of the European Union would be more important for Europe than Brexit. This may be a truism, but the EU does seem surprisingly agreed on the forthcoming negotiations with the United Kingdom. On the other hand, the British government was not even in place when Prime Minister Theresa May attended the summit. Even if it had been, however, it would hardly have concealed the multiple challenges the UK faces on the way to a “successful” Brexit.