The rather than what it means for the

The effect of a Brexit on the European Union


The BREXIT and dialogues about it recurrently dwells
on ideas of the meaning of it for The UK rather than what it means for the EU.
There is very little backing for the views held that the EU needs The UK more
than The UK needs the EU, a common view held dearly by Eurosceptics as well.
Most views are that it will cost The UK vastly economically, and crumble the
Union by driving out Scotland and reduce its stature in the political world
sphere. The specific national concerns are worries about what would happen to
the citizens of the EU residing in The UK and the economic costs for states
with close trading links with The UK, such as Germany and The United States of
America(Oliver, 2016:3). Any type of split of The UK raise concerns for Spain
as well. There is also a possibility of a breakdown in the Northern Ireland
peace process being of concern to Ireland1. Collectively,
The concern is oriented towards that the EU and its member states will need to
protect themselves from the economic collateral damage The UK will inflict on
itself upon the BREXIT(Oliver, 2016: 3-4).   

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There are several, often clashing ideas about how the
EU will be changed internally but most is focused on maintaining the unity of
the EU, by expanding co-operation with the eurozone(Oliver, 2016:3). Convictions
from countries such as Sweden and Ireland determine ideas about the EU power
balance, and that shifting towards a less economically liberal outward looking
union would be the best solution. In other non-eurozone states such as Denmark,
the loss of The UK has led to views that says that they need to intensify their
efforts to model eurozone policies, as the BREXIT is likely to magnify the
eurozone´s power within the EU. For a newer member of the EU like Bulgaria, the
concerns about the BREXIT are that it will disparage them further outside the
eurozone than they already are(2016:3-4). A typical view among non-EU states is
a concern about whether  the BREXIT will
lead the EU in a direction of becoming a smaller power geopolitically, and far
more likely to turn itself away from a liberal economic agenda, or not.  In China, the views are that of the EU and the
UK, that they oscillate between being economic and geopolitical, with extensive
overlap between the two. An equivalent pattern of thought is found in other
parts of Asia.  In Japan, worriers are
that a slump in UK worth leading up to the BREXIT will weaken the UK and EU as
markets and imaginable allies(Oliver, 2016:5). An undesirable presumption for
the Japanese government is being put in a position of having to choose between The
UK and the EU, the inclination instead being to find synergy within
co-operation with individual member states and the EU(Oliver, 2016:5). As for
Ukraine, a BREXIT will weaken beliefs of the EU as a dependable partner, an
idea   that has been placed under heavy pressure by
the conflict with Russia. In Russia, unless EU–Russian ties go back to a stable
economically motivated relationship, the BREXIT will bolster Russian populist
messages- that the EU has reached its limits and is falling apart as it is(Oliver,