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    The impact of Scotland’s independence referendum continues to unfold

The impact of Scotland’s independence referendum continues to unfold

With the Scottish referendum fading behind us, we have yet to fully understand the effects of the Scottish referendum vote on the political character of Britain, on political engagement by the British electorate, on the standing of the different parties, and on how opinion regarding the EU will evolve. John McCormick explores the referendum’s continuing impact.

The fuss over the Scottish independence referendum has died […]

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    Did the possibility of a Brexit influence the shape of the new Commission?

Did the possibility of a Brexit influence the shape of the new Commission?

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 […]

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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

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 […]

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    There are many reasons to question the merits of a referendum on British membership of the European Union

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 […]

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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

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 […]

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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 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.

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    Leaving the European Union is likely to have a significant negative economic impact

Leaving the European Union is likely to have a significant negative economic impact

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.
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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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