Evaluating Brexit Implications for India’s Relations with the EU and the UK

DOI10.1177/00208817211011361
Publication Date01 Apr 2021
AuthorDhananjay Tripathi
SubjectArticles
https://doi.org/10.1177/00208817211011361
International Studies
58(2) 234 –247, 2021
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Article
Evaluating Brexit
Implications for
India’s Relations
with the EU and
the UK
Dhananjay Tripathi1
Abstract
India and the European Union (EU) are strategic partners with strong trade ties.
Similarly, India has historical ties with the UK. Within the EU, the UK used to be
an important export market and investment destination for India. There is also
a large Indian diaspora in the UK. The article looks at the post-Brexit impact on
India’s economic and political ties with the EU. It also evaluates evolving India–
UK ties in a post-Brexit scenario.
Keywords
Brexit, India, European Union, United Kingdom, FTA edited-statecorrected-
proof
Introduction
On 23rd June 2016, people of the United Kingdom (UK) decided to vote in favour
of Brexit. The European integration process that started in 1952 with the
establishment of the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC) never
witnessed a situation when a member state decided to exit. The Treaty on EU has
a provision of relinquishing the membership. As per article 50 of the treaty, a
member can opt for exit ‘in accordance with its own constitutional requirements’.
This provision in the treaty was regarded as necessary because every democratic
organization keeps some membership criteria and provides legal provision for
resigning. Before the Brexit referendum’s result, it was difficult to imagine an
1 Senior Assistant Professor, Department of International Relations, South Asian University, New
Delhi, India
Corresponding author:
Dhananjay Tripathi, Department of International Relations, South Asian University, Akbar Bhawan,
Chanakyapuri, New Delhi, IN-DL Delhi 110021, India.
E-mail: dhananjay@sau.ac.in

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