Jonathan Hill, David Cameron’s nominee for the European Commission, was recently given the financial services portfolio, seen as a good outcome for British interests, by Jean-Claude Juncker, the Commission president that was fiercely opposed by Cameron. Does this suggest that the threat of a ‘Brexit’ has paid off? Simon Usherwood writes that a Brexit might not have been topmost on Juncker’s mind […]
Greater attention should be paid to the consequences of a ‘Brexit’ for the EU and other states around the world, not just the UK
The UK’s EU membership is likely to be a key issue in the 2015 British general election campaign: a point underlined by the defection last week of the Conservative MP Douglas Carswell to UKIP. Almut Möller and Tim Oliver write that while the issue is of obvious significance within the UK, a potential ‘Brexit’ is also extremely important for other states within […]
There are many reasons to question the merits of a referendum on British membership of the European Union
David Cameron announced in 2013 that if the Conservatives were to win a majority in the 2015 general election he would hold a referendum on whether to remain in the EU. What would happen if Britain actually exits? John McCormick examines the implications, writing that there are many reasons to worry about the prospects of Britain leaving the EU.
Since January […]
Given the dispute over the new President of the European Commission, and UKIP’s success in the European Parliament elections, the UK’s EU membership is likely to be a key issue in the campaign for the 2015 UK general election. Tim Oliver writes that while a great deal has been written on whether the UK will leave the EU, less […]
The implications of a ‘Brexit’ for the UK has been endlessly discussed, but its implications for the EU and other international powers has hardly been considered. Tim Oliver explores the complex set of possibilities and implications at the European and international level that both the UK and EU need to keep in mind as they move forward.
UKIP’s success in the recent European […]
In a new report on the economic consequences of a ‘Brexit’, Gianmarco Ottaviano, João Paulo Pessoa, Thomas Sampson and John Van Reenen find that if the UK left the European Union there would be a significant negative impact. The most important costs would come as a result of higher trade barriers with the EU.
Since a speech by the Prime Minister […]
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 […]
David Cameron has committed a future majority Conservative Government to a renegotiation of the terms of British membership of the European Union, followed by an in/out referendum. While much has been made of the political implications of a British exit, less attention has been paid to the substance of what a renegotiated settlement might amount to. Simon Usherwood argues that options for […]