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Brexit and the Overseas Territories: Repercussions for the Periphery

Clegg, Peter


Peter Clegg
Head of Department of Health & Social Sciences and Associate Professor


© 2016 The Round Table Ltd. There are 14 United Kingdom Overseas Territories (UKOTs), of which nine are associated with the European Union (EU) via the Overseas Association Decision adopted by the EU in 2013. Gibraltar, meanwhile, is part of the EU under Article 355(3) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU. Only the citizens of Gibraltar were able to vote in the referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU, but the consequences for all are potentially very significant. The UKOTs benefit currently from economic and environmental cooperation, as well as development assistance and policy dialogue. The article considers briefly the growth of the relationship between the UKOTs and the EU, before setting out the key aspects of the relationship which the territories are keen to maintain. The second half of the article focuses on the (minor) role the UKOTs played in the referendum debate, and what might happen to the present levels of cooperation as the UK disengages from the EU.


Clegg, P. (2016). Brexit and the Overseas Territories: Repercussions for the Periphery. Round Table, 105(5), 543-555.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 15, 2016
Online Publication Date Sep 20, 2016
Publication Date Sep 2, 2016
Journal Round Table
Print ISSN 0035-8533
Electronic ISSN 1474-029X
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 105
Issue 5
Pages 543-555
Keywords brexit, overseas territories, European Union, trade, development assistance, security
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Additional Information Additional Information : This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in The Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs on 20 September 2016, available online: http://www.tandfonline....0/00358533.2016.1229420


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