Brexit broken down: Real time analysis of negotiations, decisions and their impact

Dr Nicola Chelotti, a Lecturer in Diplomacy and International Governance, is part of a team funded by the Economic and Social Research Council to provide an analysis of the UK’s Brexit negotiations.

A new project to deliver blow-by-blow analysis of the UK’s Brexit negotiations has begun and aims to make sense of each stage of the United Kingdom’s complex departure from the European Union.

Loughborough University has put together a team of experts who will explore the outcomes of the two year strategic divorce as part of a £300,000 research programme to make sense of the complicated process.

The rolling evaluation aims to give an up-to-the-minute picture of the UK’s position as deals which slowly cut Britain’s ties to the EU are made.

Important events, in particular the forthcoming national elections in EU member states, including those in France and Germany, will also be considered in relation to their significance in shaping the future of Europe.

Britain’s populist politics, and the influence of Europe’s leading right wing figures, will also be studied to understand their part in potential future exits – as politicians consider following the UK’s route to take them away from European legislation, policy and economy.

The project findings will be shared via the Loughborough University Media Centre and social media as well as at events targeted at specific stakeholders who need this information to plan their own Brexit strategies.

Led by Professor Helen Drake, of Loughborough’s school of Politics, History and International Relations, ‘28+ perspectives on Brexit: A guide to the multi-stakeholder negotiations’, is one of 25 research programmes focussing on specific aspects of the two year exit negotiations.

Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the collection of UK-based projects will be part of a wider scheme, called the UK in a Changing Europe Initiative

Prof Drake said: "Loughborough University has studied Britain in Europe since the UK joined the EEC in 1973, so we are grateful to be involved at this turning point in the relationship."

The Loughborough team is made up of Stijn van Kessel, Lecturer in Politics; Dr Nicola Chelotti, Lecturer in Diplomacy and International Governance at Loughborough London; Dr Borja Garcia, Senior Lecturer in Sport Management and Policy, and Dr Elena Georgiadou, of the School of Business and Economics.

Talking about the Initiative, Anand Menon, director of the UK in a Changing Europe Initiative, and Professor of European Politics and Foreign Affairs at Kings College London, said: “I’m delighted to welcome such a range of leading scholars to our team.

“These new additions will reinforce the ability of the UK in a Changing Europe to respond to the high demand for accurate, research-based information from politicians, civil servants, journalists, businesses, civil society and the public at this crucial moment for the UK.”

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines. 

It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, named the best university in the world for sports-related subjects in the 2018 QS World University Rankings, top in the country for its student experience in the 2018 THE Student Experience Survey and named University of the Year in the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2018. 

Loughborough is in the top 10 of every national league table, being ranked 6th in the Guardian University League Table 2018, 7th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018 and 7th in The UK Complete University Guide 2019. It was also named Sports University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017. 

The University has been awarded a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework, which recognises institutions that deliver consistently outstanding teaching that is of the highest quality found in the UK. 

The Loughborough University London campus is based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and offers postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities. It is home to influential thought leaders, pioneering researchers and creative innovators who provide students with the highest quality of teaching and the very latest in modern thinking. 

The seven specialist institutes at Loughborough University London include: Design Innovation, Digital Technologies, Diplomacy and International Governance, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, International Management, Media and Creative Industries, and Sport Business. Close industry partnerships with a wealth of leading businesses and creative organisations means teaching and learning is informed by real-life challenges and driven by true industry pressures.