Brexit and Taiwan: An Opportunity for a New Agreement or Wishful Thinking?

  • Michael Reilly
  • Jyun-yi Lee
  • Chih-mei Luo


For both Taiwan and the UK, the prospect of negotiating a bilateral free trade agreement post-Brexit may seem both attractive and achievable: Taiwan sees the UK as more sympathetic to its position than most EU members and it believes the UK will wish to sign new trade agreements quickly. But such views overlook considerable practical obstacles and differing objectives on both sides that will make early conclusion of a meaningful agreement difficult. Taiwan should instead concentrate on negotiating the comprehensive bilateral investment agreement already offered by the EU and which, once concluded, could also form the basis for a similar agreement with the UK.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Reilly
    • 1
  • Jyun-yi Lee
    • 2
  • Chih-mei Luo
    • 3
  1. 1.Taiwan Studies ProgramUniversity of NottinghamNottinghamUK
  2. 2.Institute for National Defense and Security ResearchTaipeiTaiwan
  3. 3.Department of Public Administration and PolicyNational Taipei UniversityNew TaipeiTaiwan

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