Tim Oliver

A Brexit summer reading guide

Have you been struggling to keep up with all the new books on Brexit? Were you secretly planning to spend your summer holiday catching up on some of them? OK – perhaps not. But if you were, Tim Oliver is here to help with a guide on what to take away with you to the beach or pool to focus on […]

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Scenarios of a new UK-EU relationship: A ‘harsh’ Brexit

What consequences will Britain’s EU referendum have for both the UK and the rest of Europe? In a series of papers published as a collaboration between EUROPP and CIDOB (the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs), LSE authors analyse the prospects for three scenarios – a Bremain, a ‘soft’ Brexit and a ‘harsh’ Brexit. Tim Oliver discusses what would happen in the case […]

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The UK needs a devolved government for London

Should more power be devolved from the UK government to the City of London? Tim Oliver argues a devolved government for London would help to rebalance the UK towards a federal union more than any other constitutional change. He writes that it would give the metropolis the freedom to develop as it needs and be a significant step towards reforming […]

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    European views on the UK’s renegotiation: Czech Republic, Hungary, Sweden, and Lithuania

European views on the UK’s renegotiation: Czech Republic, Hungary, Sweden, and Lithuania

The success or failure of David Cameron’s planned renegotiation of the UK’s EU membership will depend to a large extent on how the other 27 EU member states respond to his proposals. But how do countries across the EU view the UK’s renegotiation? Building on a report published in 2014 by the German Council on Foreign Relations, EUROPP is […]

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    Brexit is an issue President Obama has every right to be concerned about

Brexit is an issue President Obama has every right to be concerned about

In an interview this week, President Obama raised concerns about the potential of an EU-exit for the UK. Tim Oliver argues that Obama was right to raise these concerns, as Brexit is not simply a matter for domestic UK politics. It would also affect many of the UK’s closest allies including the USA.

In a recent interview with Jon Sopel […]

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    The stance the rest of Europe takes on the British question will be crucial in shaping the UK’s EU referendum

The stance the rest of Europe takes on the British question will be crucial in shaping the UK’s EU referendum

Details of the referendum the UK will hold on its EU membership were published on 28 May. Tim Oliver writes that while a great deal of attention has focused on what the impact of a Brexit would be for the UK, equally important is the role that other European countries will play in framing the campaign, particularly given David […]

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    Greater attention should be paid to the consequences of a ‘Brexit’ for the EU and other states around the world, not just the UK

Greater attention should be paid to the consequences of a ‘Brexit’ for the EU and other states around the world, not just the UK

Following the Conservative victory in the 2015 UK general election, a referendum will be held on the UK’s EU membership before the end of 2017. Almut Möller and Tim Oliver write that while the issue of a ‘Brexit’ is of obvious significance within the UK, it is also extremely important for other states within the EU and across the world. […]

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    The five routes to a Brexit: how the UK might leave the European Union

The five routes to a Brexit: how the UK might leave the European Union

Tim Oliver assesses five ways in which the UK might leave the European Union, noting that even if the country were to give up its membership there would still be a number of unresolved questions as to the kind of UK-EU relationship which could emerge.

How Britain might withdraw from the EU is an often overlooked question in comparison to the […]

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    A ‘Brexit’ would have important implications at the European and international levels

A ‘Brexit’ would have important implications at the European and international levels

The implications of a ‘Brexit’ for the UK have been widely discussed, but the implications for the EU and other international powers have arguably received less attention. Tim Oliver explores the complex set of possibilities and implications at the European and international levels that both the UK and EU need to keep in mind as they move forward.

UKIP’s success […]

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London and Berlin are not speaking the same language when it comes to EU reform

The UK and Germany have both expressed a desire to reform the way the EU functions. Almut Möller and Tim Oliver argue that due to their contrasting constitutional traditions and outlooks, the two countries risk misunderstanding or antagonising one another. They point out that the German discussion around EU competences is part of a country-wide debate on federalism, while the […]

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The UK government’s review of EU competences offers valuable academic insights into both Britain and the EU

The British government’s ‘Review of the Balance of Competences’ into the European Union’s role in British life is surrounded by political tensions. Tim Oliver argues that beyond the controversy, the review also offers a unique insight into the operation of British government, the politics of the UK’s coalition government, UK-EU relations, and the evolution of the EU. Academics may well […]

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The EU’s unwillingness to discuss the possibility of a ‘Brexit’ is playing into the hands of Eurosceptics

British Prime Minister David Cameron has made a commitment to hold a referendum on the UK’s EU membership, should his party win the next general election. Tim Oliver writes that while the possibility of a ‘Brexit’ has been much discussed in the UK context, across the rest of the EU the issue has largely been downplayed or avoided. He argues […]

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