The British Union in June 2016 to exit the European Union (EU), initiating a process popularly known as Brexit, has opened up a wide range of questions about future political trajectories. The United Kingdom (UK) is scheduled to leave the EU on March 29, 2019, two years after triggering the Article 50 exit process. 1 One of the key questions in relation to the impact of the Brexit on the EU? Who will provide the necessary leadership within the EU? Specifically, will Brexit lead to Germany assuming a more prominent role such that it becomes the EU's hegemon?
In the EU, I consider Brexit on policy dynamics within the EU. I then turn to the issue of leadership in the EU. During the EU's 'crisis years' (the 2010s) Germany, the dominant force in the EU, specifically in its economic strength. Historically, however, the German governments had avoided leadership in the EU except in France.