The Economic and Political Impact of Brexit on Japan

Irina Angelescu
January 30, 2018

Sasakawa USA Forum Issue No. 11

The Economic and Political Impact of Brexit on Japan

While the Japanese have consistently viewed Brexit as a bad idea, the progression of Brexit negotiations has forced Japan to revisit its position and priorities in terms of Japan-UK and Japan-EU relations. For Japan, Brexit will have important economic ramifications as UK-based Japanese firms begin to relocate to the EU and political results as Japan forges partnerships in Europe to maintain the global, rules based order. Those partnerships may benefit the U.S. as well, with Japan reinforcing U.S. values such as free trade and international cooperation.


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About the Author

Irina Angelescu is a Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) Hitachi Fellow at the Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA), where she focuses on the impact of Brexit on Europe-Japan relations. Irina has covered European and transatlantic relations for more than a decade, most recently as Political Program Specialist for the U.S. Department of State at the U.S. Mission to the European Union (USEU) in Brussels. She previously worked for more than four years at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC, as a consultant for other leading think tanks in the U.S. and Europe, and as Research Fellow at the European Center of Excellent of the University of Rome Tor Vergata.

Irina is the author and co-editor of numerous publications on European foreign policy and transatlantic relations, including The Foreign Policy of the European Union: Assessing Europe’s Role in the World (Brookings Institution Press, 2012) and Facets of Migration in Contemporary Europe: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Specific Challenges (ibidem-Verlag, 2010). She has written op-eds for EUObserver, The Diplomat, Nikkei Asian Review and RealClearWorld. Irina has a BA from the University of Rome Tor Vergata, and an MA and PhD in international history and politics from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) in Geneva. She speaks fluent Romanian, Italian, and French.


About the Sasakawa USA Forum

This paper serves as Issue No. 11 of the Sasakawa USA Forum, a platform for research and analysis related to Japan and U.S.-Japan relations in a bilateral, regional, and global context. In order to gain a more comprehensive view of U.S.-Japan relations, the Sasakawa USA Forum publishes research from experts outside of our organization. Click here for details on how to submit research for consideration.


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