The United Kingdom has lost influence since the Brexit referendum and should continue to weaken further. At least, this is the opinion of a professor of international relations at the University of São Paulo (USP), Cai Enno Lehmann. According to him, after the whole Brexit soap opera actually took place, other countries would think better before asking to leave the European Union.
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He mentions that this movement exists with nationalist leaders like Hungary and Poland, but he does not see that these nations want to go through the same problems seen in the United Kingdom.
The professor says, “I can’t imagine these countries knowing what happened in the UK and saying, ‘This is what I want for my country.” “It has become clear in the last four years that Britain’s influence has diminished and will continue to decrease.”
According to the professor, Brazil should have no influence with the ratification of Brexit. In fact, the country needs to keep an eye on how the EU will deal with the free trade agreement with Mercosur – and whether the United Kingdom would like to negotiate on its own. “At the political level, I don’t think there will be major changes in the professor immediately.”